Three for All is a new collaborative trio which looks to create music that balances intricate pre-composed material with the “instant composition” that we know as improvisation. The group’s configuration is singular in that there is no chordal instrument (piano, guitar, etc.) and no pitched bass instrument to outline a traditional harmonic foundation. Indeed, many first-time listeners are struck by the richness of layered sound and implied harmony that can be achieved by tuned drums, gongs, cymbals, and the “singing bowls” that are often used in the service of meditation and healing. Once the twin saxophones are added, the cumulative effect could truly be described as being more than the sum of its parts.
Steve Zombory and John Perrine both play saxophones, and percussionist Paul Stranahan (who has also composed all of the trio’s repertoire) plays a mix of drums, gongs and Tibetan singing bowls. Paul says “Writing for this group has been a challenge as well as a lot of fun. I want to compose music specifically for this unique instrumentation and these musicians but at the same time be careful to not over write. I want to provide a foundation that allows spontaneous free form improvisation in which everyone can express themselves individually as well as having an interesting dialogue going on with all three musicians.”
John Perrine, Saxophone, is Director of the Jazz Ensemble and Coordinator of Jazz Studies. He has premiered works by Kari Juusela, Aaron Johnson and William Price. Perrine holds a doctorate from Louisiana State University , a masters from Northwestern University , and a BME from Stetson University . His teachers include James Bishop, Fred Hemke, Jonathon Helton and Griffin Campbell. He has studied jazz with Harold Blanchard, Don Owens, Tony Garcia and Michael Koucour.
Recently, Perrine has performed the Bolcom Concert Suite with the Volga Band (Saratov, Russia). Perrine also gave master classes at the Saratov Conservatory and the Rostov On-Don Conservatory and well as at Moscow State University for Culture and Arts where he has been invited back to perform the Ingolf Dahl Saxophone Concerto. In addition to work abroad Perrine has also recently given live broadcast recitals with faculty members Eric Ziolek, Rock Wehrmann and Mark DeMio on WCLV in Cleveland, Ohio and performed with his own jazz quartet at Night Town (Cleveland Heights) and The Bop Stop (Cleveland, Ohio)
He is a founding member of the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet. The quartet has won national prizes in the MTNA and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Perrine’s composition “Vonnegut:Suite for Saxophone Quartet” was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention in Columbia, South Carolina by the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet.
Steve Zombory (saxophones/woodwinds) is equally at home in jazz, classical, pop, Latin, and free-form/experimental music, has appeared with national acts including The Temptations, The Four Tops, Tito Puente Jr., Al Martino (“Johnny Fontane” from the “Godfather” film trilogy), Lorna Luft, and Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians, and has performed at venues throughout North America, Canada, and southern Europe. As a recording artist, he has done studio sessions in a wide range of styles, including work for American Greetings eCards. Mr. Zombory has also performed on saxophone, clarinet, and flute in dozens of area shows, including work with Great Lakes Theater, The Beck Center, The Renaissance Theater (Mansfield), Hiram University, The Laurel School, and the Cleveland Cabaret Project at Playhouse Square. He is also a dedicated music educator with over 15 years of teaching experience ranging in variety from grade-school starter lessons to presentations before master classes of post-graduate level college students. Locally, he has performed with groups including the Cleveland Philharmonic, Mansfield Symphony, Verb Ballets, MOJO Big Band, Dan Zola Orchestra, Oblique Orchestra, Son Alegre, Grupo K-Ñon, the Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Project, Noel Quintana and the Latin Crew, Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta, Papo Ruiz y La Dulzura De La Salsa, the Champion Bubblers, the Freedom Jazz Collective, Hybrid Shakedown, Ill Code, UP Ensemble, and isdeeply involved in multiple street jams, open rehearsals, clandestine sound trials, illicit sonic hits, and staggeringly silent events around Northeast Ohio. His most current projects include over 5 years as a charter member of the Revolution Brass Band and the infant stages of Three For All, a group conceived and given life by master percussionist Paul Stranahan. Steve can be found online via the Facebook, Soundcloud, and LinkedIn platforms.
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