Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 8:00pm
Alain Caron and Pasquale Grasso
Advance $25.00 / Doors $30.00
The career of bassist Alain Caron begins at the age of 11 when he participated in an amateur competition. He then joined various groups to play popular top 40 music and American and French standards. At the age of 14, he was introduced to an Oscar Peterson record and he discovered the music that became his greatest passion, JAZZ.
It was in 1977 that Alain Caron met Michel Cusson and his group. Caron was then in the company of musicians of the same calibre that appreciated the foundations of jazz while having the will to innovate. They emerged in 1980, as the fusion jazz group UZEB.
In Montreal, in addition to playing with the band, Alain Caron began working in different recording studios and performing in jazz clubs. Although he considered himself a self-taught musician, he took a few private and correspondence courses before he went to the Berklee College of Music in 1979. During his time in Boston, he was put in touch with elite jazz musicians and began playing in Boston’s jazz clubs with David Kikovsky, Tom Harrell, Sal Nestico, Frank Tiberi, Jerry Bergonzi and Bob Moses.
However, he decided to return to Montreal to devote himself almost exclusively to UZEB. The group recorded ten albums between 1981 and 1990. Over 400,000 copies were sold worldwide, with countless concerts in more than 20 countries. In April 2005, he was invited to participate in a series of performances and recordings with the prestigious WDR big band in Cologne,Germany, under the direction of Michael Abene.
To date, Alain Caron has released more than 20 records, either solo or with UZEB, as well as collaborating on some 50 albums of artists evolving as much in jazz, world music and pop artists. Winner of many awards, (including 11 Félix and Gemini), and the Oscar Peterson Award twice, Alain Caron was voted best bassist eight consecutive years by Jazz Report magazine.
Caron quickly developed a reputation as a master electric six string bass virtuoso. As such, he was invited to give master classes in most major cities worldwide. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate from the ‘’Université du Québec’’ in Rimouski.
In September 2016, Caron began a new career as bass teacher and head of the jazz master program at the Montreal University. Also, in 2016-17, a series of concerts was presented in Argentina and the United States, including a performance at the renowned “Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola Jazz at Lincoln Center” in New York.
After a collaboration of nearly 10 years as the spokesperson for the Italian company of bass amplifiers Markbass, Alain participated in the announcement of the release of a second SIGNATURE amp ( http://www.markbass.it/product-detail/cmd-super-combo-k1/ ) at the prestigious NAMM show in California. In addition to being the spokesperson, Caron contributed to the conception and design of this amplifier.
After a 25-year absence, UZEB announced its return. In addition to the Montreal Jazz Festival where the tour took off, the famous power jazz trio also performed in France, Israel, Italy and Canada.
In July 2018, he was honoured to receive the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour awarded in Canada!
One of the most strikingly unique artists of his generation, Pasquale Grasso has undoubtedly changed the way the world views jazz guitar. Born in Ariano Irpino, Pasquale began playing guitar at a very young age. By the summer of 1997, his parents, Agostino Di Giorgio, who recognized the depth of their young son’s talent, sought out the instruction of jazz innovator. A former pupil of Chuck Wayne, Di Giorgio immediately took interest in Pasquale, whose prodigious aptitude for the instrument flourished as the young guitarist quickly became his closest pupil. From that point, it wasn’t long until news of this talent spread.
Barry Harris, the world-renowned jazz educator and bebop master piano, became an extraordinary influence when Pasquale attended his jazz workshop in Switzerland during the summer of 1998. Harris, contemporary of Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, and Cannonball Adderley, took Pasquale and his brother, Luigi, under his wing. The brothers became pillars of Harris’ international workshops and were quickly promoted from mere attendants to instructors for the other students. Pasquale was named Harris’ guitar teaching assistant. In 2008, Pasquale pursued classical guitar studies in the Music Conservatory of Bologna under Professor Walter Zanetti. During his time at the conservatory he combined classical tradition with Chuck Wayne’s modern technique.
In 2012, he moved to New York City and quickly made a name for himself in the city’s vibrant jazz scene. He became part of the Ari Roland Quartet and the Chris Byars Quartet, performing in clubs, music festivals, and recording in the studio regularly. Later that year, Pasquale was named a Jazz Ambassador with the US Embassy, going on tour extensively across Europe, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Lithuania, and Ukraine, and more.
Despite his young age, Grasso has performed with many of the following: Barry Harris, Charles Davis, Freddie Redd, Frank Wess, Leroy Williams, Ray Drummond, Murray Wall, Steve Grossman, Late Hammer, Jimmy Wormworth, John Moscow, Sacha Perry, Ari Roland, Luigi Grasso, Chris Byars, Zaid Nasser, Bucky Pizzarelli, China Moses, Harry Allen Quartet, Grant Stewart, Stepko Gut, Nicolas Dary, Dado Moroni, Agostino di Giorgio, Michel Pastre Big Band, Gianni Bass Big Band, Joe Cohn, Oscar Zenari, and Luca Pisani.
Pasquale’s guitar was expertly crafted for him by longtime friend and luthier, Bryant Trenier. Trenier Guitars is located in Suffern, New York.
First Place Winner of the Wes Montgomery Competition (2015)
Award for Master Technique – Piacenza Jazz Guitar Competition (2007) Winner of the Eddie Lang National Jazz Guitar Competition (2005) Winner of the International Lecco Jazz Award (2002)
Winner of the International Award Tim Competition (2000)
Finalist of Bravo Bravissimo Televised Competition (1998)
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