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Phill Argyris Quintet featuring George Garzone and Phil Grenadier

Sat, Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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The music of the Phill Argyris Quintet is clearly defined by a strong connection to the American SongBook and Jazz tradition. Innovative original compositions are part of the group’s core concept and explorations.  Swinging hard with a deep focus on melody, the group aspires to offer something for all listeners.

Performing together for over 15 years since releasing their first cd in 2003, the members of this quintet are well known and respected mainstays of the Boston jazz scene. Pianist Phill Argyris of Waltham pursued serious jazz studies with pianist Paul Barringer at Wellesley College. In New York City he continued master studies with the great jazz pianist Harold Mabern for several years. Phill’s original compositions are said to reflect the influences of James Williams and John Coltrane according to Mabern. He also includes among his greatest influences the legendary pianists McCoy Tyner, Red Garland and Bud Powell.

***Revised lineup: Musician extraordinaire George Garzone replaces Stan Strickland on saxophone. We hope you are as excited as we are to welcome this amazing performer for the first time playing at the PCA***

World-famous saxophone player and educator George Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings and has performed with many prominent artists, too many to name. His group, the Fringe, has been called “One of the genuine living treasures of the Boston jazz scene”. Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z, and John Patitucci among others.  He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard. He is a member of The Fringe, a Jazz trio that performs regularly in the Boston area, the group has released three albums. “The Fringe Boston ~ One of the genuine living treasures of the Boston jazz scene”. Garzone is well-known as a sought-after Jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music.  

He has also previously taught at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Northeastern University, and the New School University.

  • Ensembles – The Carla Bley Big Band, Gil Evans Orchestra, The Fringe (with John Lockwood and Bob Gullotti), George Russell and the In Living Time Orchestra, The Joe Lovano Nonet, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Orange Then Blue, The Woody Herman Band
  • Non-Jazz Artists – Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Engelberg Humperdink, Tom Jones, Gladys Knight, Liberace, New Kids on The Block, Elvis Presley, The Temptations

Trumpeter Phil Grenadier is a modern, forward-looking improviser who also embraces tradition. He has developed an impressive list of credits during his 20 year career performing with jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Freddie Hubbard. In 1980 he received honors from the Monterey Jazz Festival, and Outstanding Soloist Awards from Downbeat Magazine in 1981.

The Phill Argyris Quartet released their first cd recording “A Point of Departure” in 2003. Their music has evolved to a point where each song has it’s own signature identity, telling a new story from a familiar point of view. Featuring: Phill Argyris – piano, Phil Grenadier – trumpet, Stan Strickland – saxophones, flute, vocals, percussion, Jerry Wilfong – bass, and John Connelly – drums

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