Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, that performs regularly in the Boston area and has toured Portugal. The group has released three albums. A veteran jazzman, George Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. He began on the tenor when he was six, played in a family band and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In addition, George 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.
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.
He has pioneered the Triadic Chromatic Approach, an improvisation concept which has his own signature in the jazz improvisation vocabulary.
The first edition of the Triadic Chromatic Approach was released in DVD format. In 2020 George Garzone is releasing the second part of the Triadic Chromatic Approach and other educational books related with his concept and his music.
In his never ending teaching career, great musicians of the actual scene have been students of George Garzone, like Joshua Redman, Teadross Avery, Seamus Blake, Chris Cheek, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates, Danilo Perez and the Grammy-Winning Drummer Antonio Sanchez, to name a few.
In 1995 he recorded a fine tribute to Stan Getz on NYC called Alone; Four’s and Two’s followed a year later with compatriot Joe Lovano which earned him four stars in Downbeat magazine, and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. Fringe in New York was released in summer 2000. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group On This Day … Live At The Vanguard in September 2002.
In January 2019 George Garzone with Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua and Darek Oles had a three night concert-recording session which became a Three CD recording called Three Nights in L.A., which became a favorite of many critics like Downbeat Magazine and All about jazz.
Frank Tiberi, a reed section all-star since 1969 and leader since 1987.
Frank Tiberi studied clarinet at age 8; started playing professionally at 13; toured with Bob Chester, Benny Goodman, Urbie Green, played with Dizzy Gillespie, self taught on flute, (somewhere in between studied bassoon with the renowned Sol Schoenbach of the Philadelphia Orchestra) played as a doubler in many Broadway musical shows before settling into the illustrious "Four Brothers" sound (three tenors and baritone) reed section of the Woody Herman Band in 1969 where, he became a featured soloist, section leader, arranger, music director and ultimately leader of the Herman Band in 1987. FT's contributions include his brilliant arrangement of John Coltrane's Giant Steps and Countdown, which helped measurably to steer the band's reportorial direction with refreshment.
Coincidentally, having been born in Camden, New Jersey, a bordering city of Philadelphia, which is the birthplace of, among other noted reedman, the late Charlie Ventura, Jimmy Heath, the late Stan Getz (a Herman alumnus) and Benny Golson; and the adopted home-town of the late John Coltrane. A quality bumper- crop from within virtually the same neighborhood.
Tiberi has been associated with far too many great musicians to mention. The same is true of the credits due him, a partial list of which are: GIANT STEPS and THUNDERING HERD and is featured on both. He is also featured on the Herman albums, WOODY; WOODY BRAND NEW, RAVEN SPEAKS; LIVE AT MONTREUX; CHILDREN OF LIMA, (includes his bassoon solo); KING COBRA; 40th ANNIVERSARY; MAIN EVENT (Frank Sinatra); TOGETHER AGAIN (Flip Phillips); FEELING SO BLUE; ROAD FATHER; CHICK-DONALD-WALTER-WOODROW (Chick Corea Suite); LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL (Teresa Brewer); LIVE AT MONTEREY (his own arrangement of Coltrane's Countdown); MY BUDDY (Rosemary Clooney); 50th ANNIVERSARY; WOODY'S GOLD STAR; WOODY HERMAN LEGACY; LIVE AT RONNY SCOTT'S (London England); COINCIDENCE ( Harold Danko, Tom Harrell Dream Street Records); and TIBERIAN MODE ( Solo Album with Joe Lovano, George Garzone and Andy Laverne), his epiphanies as a thrilling, imperious improviser and composer can now be better disclosed and shared.
A devout scholar of Coltrane's harmonic development has totally internalized Coltrane's concepts of deceptive resolution, his thorough digestion of Coltrane fed into FT's conceptual development which also included assimilation from Charlie Parker’s way of restructuring/ reharmonizing tunes. Also, FT is like a guru of MVP stature among musicians, especially saxophonists - providing informal mentorship’s of lasting inspiration.
Tiberi has been interested and active in music education since his early days with Herman, who said of him, "I thoroughly endorse his ability as a music educator as he so justifiably performed as a leading clinician throughout all of my scheduled seminars." Tiberi is presently on the woodwind faculty as an ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR at BERKLEE COLLEGE of MUSIC in Boston teaching improvisation to performance students and continues to direct the WOODY HERMAN ORCHESTRA.