March 15 – Bryan and the Aardvarks

Hi Folks!

Next Sunday we will be back with another afternoon of inspiring and beautiful music. Please join us for an incredible journey with Bryan and the Aardvarks.


Bryan and the Aardvarks

Chris Dingman – vibes
Jesse Lewis – guitar
Joe Nero – drums
Bryan Copeland – bass


Dayna Stephens – EWI
Sam Harris – piano

Sunday 15 March, Bryan and the Aardvarks

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.

“Bryan and the Aardvarks, led by the bassist Bryan Copeland, specializes in an unabashedly pretty strain of postbop, chamberlike and euphonious.” New York Times – Nate Chinen

Bryan Copeland formed Bryan and the Aardvarks in order to explore an inventive new sound that derived from his jazz training as well as his upbringing in pop and country music. The music he writes for the quartet combines a hushed intimacy with memorable, singable melodies and a narrative directness that nevertheless leaves space for expressive improvisation. In vibraphonist Chris Dingman, drummer Joe Nero, and guitarist Jesse Lewis he has assembled a distinctive ensemble able to flesh out his unique compositions.

“These guys are all very sensitive musicians,” Copeland says. “Their main focus is making music sound beautiful. There’s no ego involved. These guys are all amazing technical masters, but they put all that stuff aside to develop this group sound.”


Bryan Copeland – Founder/Bassist/Primary Composer

Bryan spent the early part of his life growing up in the farm lands of the North Texas panhandle.  He lived his more formative years in Dallas and Austin, Tx.  Now he resides in New York, where he uses his country roots to influence his unique compositional styling.  He began studying the bass with world renowned classical bassist Satoshi Okamoto(New York Philharmonic).  In 2003, he received his degree in Jazz Studies from Texas State under the tutelage of Dr. James Polk(Ray Charles Writer and Arranger).  Frequently he finds himself on the road touring with up and coming pop singer Ashley Arrison, and Toby Goodshank (Moldy Peaches).  He has recorded musicians like David Binney, Jon Brion, Radney Foster, Andre Heyword, and Aben Eubanks.  Some of the people Bryan has been fortunate enough to perform with include Roy Hargrove, Tim Warfield, Marcus Belgrave, Jamire Williams, Marcus Printup, Frank Locrasto, Donald Edwards, drummer J.J. Johnson, Adam Nussbaum, Steve Houghton, and Ernie Watts.


Chris Dingman – Vibraphonist/Composer

Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. Dingman draws inspiration and meaning from a diverse set of musical sources, uniting them in a progressive approach that has earned him praise for his “poignant work” (David Sprague, Variety), his “adaptive humility” (Nate Chinen, NY Times), and as “downright hypnotic” (John Barron, All About Jazz). His recent work as a sideman can be heard on Ambrose Akinmusire’s Prelude to Cora (Fresh Sound/New Talent), Steve Lehman’s Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi Recordings) and Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day (Clean Feed), among other recordings. He is also featured as a guest soloist on Gabriela Anders’s Bossa Beleza (E1 Music/Koch Records). For these achievements, he was named a Rising Star on vibes in the 2009 Downbeat Critics Poll, and in two recent years Jazz Journalist Association member Phil DiPietro has acknowledged him for top ten sideman performances of the year. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, he has performed and studied extensively with many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Marcus Miller, and Terence Blanchard.


Joe Nero – Drummer

Joe Nero, a New York resident from Philadelphia, is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied jazz drumming under Justin DiCioccio, and John Riley, and composing and arranging with Garry Dial.  He also attended the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute in 2005 and performed with Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Gruisin, Patti Austin and Doc Severinsen. Professionally, Joe strives to have a life in music, and has enjoyed performing in a wide variety of contexts: the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, jazz clubs with icons like Jimmy Bruno and Eric Alexander, weddings, recording sessions, Broadway and off-Broadways shows, and with many singer-songwriters around Manhattan.


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