jazz standards, bossa novas, fusion originals
Chris Bakriges – piano
Joe Carter – guitar
Jeff Fuller – acoustic bass
Chris Bakriges brings many years of performing experience to his performing Jazz Standards and original compositions. Born in Detroit Michigan he grew up near Motown Studios where he first learned to improvise and perform Jazz and Blues. He was influenced by McCoy Tyner and Jean Luc Ponty in those days and formed Critical Theory which fused both these progressive voices and performed in festivals as far away as India, Pakistan, and Turkey. Bakriges was the music director for WAMC’s “Jazz Alive” on Northeast Public Radio in the early 90’s, the only live jazz radio program broadcast in the U.S. at that time, and performed with the likes of Dakota Staton, Kenny Burrell, Dave Holland, David Darling, Bobby McFerrin, and Elements featuring Danny Gottlieb and Mark Egan. He has been touring of late with groups that have been presented at ArtisTree - his Matisse Jazz Project, inspired by the artwork of the great 20th century colorist, and Clear and Present, a quartet that features Jay Hoggard, Avery Sharpe, and Billy Arnold.
Jeff Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera’s New York/Havana Quintet. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry. Fuller’s wide experience in both Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music has enabled him to work with the Hilton Ruiz Quintet, Daniel Ponce's Jazzbatá and Orlando “Puntilla” Rios’ Nueva Generación. Fuller plays a custom-made Upton Concord double bass, and a Ken Smith 6-string bass guitar.
Having performed in such diverse places as Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Recife in Brazil, Bombay, Bangalore and Goa in India, Trossingen and Stuttgart in Germany and Paris and Corsica in France, Joe Carter has used these experiences to form a sound and style based in “Samba Jazz,” a style that combines the improvisational nature of North American Jazz with the lyrical and rhythmical aspects of Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro and MPB.
Currently the Director of the Academic Music Program at Sacred Heart University, Joe Carter has recorded and performed with Jazz artists such Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid and others and with Brazilian artists such as Luiz Eca, Mauricio Einhorn, Robertinho Silva, Paulo Russo and others. In addition, he has recorded several CDs through the years, his most recent is Both Sides of the Equator, with bassist David Finck and percussionist Ze Mauricio.
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