January 21, 2013

Freddie Hubbard 75th Birthday Tribute Concerts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Phil @ 5:21 am

Red Clay

Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard (April 7, 1938- December 29, 2008) was one of the most influential jazz trumpet players of all time.  With flawless technique and great artistic imagination, Freddie’s music has touched the lives of millions.  In the late 1950’s and throughout the 60’s, he played with other straight ahead jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Art Blakey.  Throughout the 70’s and early 80’s Freddie produced amazing albums in the funk-jazz, idiom bringing him huge commercial success before returning to his roots to finish out his amazing career.  Along with his amazing trumpet skills, Freddie was also a talented composer and has contributed many tunes to the repertoire.
On a personal note, I met Freddie Hubbard 2004 as an 18 year old freshman in college.  Freddie was extremely gracious to an admiring, naïve, teenager clinging to his coat-tails.  I spent quite a few memorable evenings at his house playing trumpet, watching videos, and discussing thoughts on music with him.  We lost touch after a couple years and according to my friends, asked about me at his 70th birthday concert.  I regret losing touch, but am happy to have had the privilege of getting to know my hero before he passed away.
As a tribute to this great trumpet player, I will be presenting a series of concerts/discussions on his life and music.  These will occur near what would be his 75th birthday in early April 2013.  My band consists of very talented musicians such as Ken Moran on sax, Steve Carr on Woodwinds, Blaine McGurty on piano, Brijesh Pandya on drums, and Gabe Davis on bass.  We will be playing selections composed, arranged, and performed by Freddie both popular and obscure.  We’ll be playing some straight ahead songs as well as some of his funky hits.  Please stay tuned for a schedule of our performances!

January 29, 2012

Nice Words From My Student’s Mom

Filed under: Uncategorized — Phil @ 3:53 pm

A man would like me to teach his son.  He asked for a reference, and a mother of a student of mine was happy to talk about me.

Here is what she said.  The only thing i changed was the names.

Hello X,
I am happy to talk to you about Philip Fiorio.  My son X, age 11, has been taking lessons from Philip for almost 9 mos. now, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  I learned of Philip through another friend whose son is also a student of his, and I know this particular friend is always “right on” in her recommendations.  I’ve never had a second thought since then.
As Philip mentioned, my husband is a professional musician who has trained and performed his entire life.  He is able to hear the lesson while waiting outside the studio room, and has said more than once that he is very impressed with Philip and thinks he is a good teacher.  He is also impressed with the material Philip has given X as it ranges from classical to jazz.
I am not a musician, but as a mom, I like what I hear when they are together.  My son is more on the quiet/shy side and does not respond well to strong or curt personalities.  He responds very well to Philip.  Philip is always very positive in supporting X’s effort, and direct and thoughtful in his corrections.  He is patient, and able to get X to understand the music and technique while playing a passage that is more difficult.
Philip has always kept his appts., and has been quite flexible with me when I have needed to change something due to school, test scheduling, etc.  Regarding X’s progress, X is in beginning band (6th graders) at X Middle School, has been 1st chair the entire year so far, and was invited by his teacher to join “jazz lab”, which is a class reserved for 7th and 8th graders only after a year of beginning band.  Of course, every student will progress differently due to their own aptitude, willingness to practice, etc.  In X’s case, I know that his lessons with Philip have helped him tremendously.  Philip always challenges X, and gets a lot out of him during the lessons that he would not be able to get on his own or during band class.
This is probably more info than you asked for, but I hope it was helpful.  Feel free to contact me at any time.  I know two other parents who also know Philip through lessons, and I’m sure they would say the same things about him.  He is also listed on AC Stelle’s music teacher’s webpage as a recommended private instructor (I believe she is Julliard trained, plays both trumpet and french horn, and I know she is very precise!).  Good luck to you in your decision, and best of everything regarding your son!

Very nice words from a wonderful person.

January 27, 2011

My New Quintet

Filed under: Uncategorized — Phil @ 2:38 am

I am very excited to announce that I have a new Quintet.  It features fellow California State Northridge alums Michael Mull on bass clarinet, Mike Deutsch on marimba, Emilio Terranova on bass, and Adam Alesi on drums.   Our premier is Tuesday February 1st, from 7:30-11:00 at Cafe’ Roma in Beverly Hills.

This unique instrumentation allows for some interesting tonal possibilities.  I have always been moved by the “Earthy” qualities of the marimba. Maybe this stems from listening to marimba music from Africa.  Its wood keys create the sounds that inspire the music for this quintet.  Mike is a phenominal marimba player with a classical backround.  I am amazed at his musicality and his ability to instantaneously contribute to the music in an organic matter that jazz musicians base their music on.

The other unique sound of this group is the bass clarinet played by Michael Mull.  This is another instrument made of wood that has a lower register that is simply touching.  Mike has always been one of my favorite musicians to listen to, and his compositions are inspirational.  When I heard that Michael was working on his bass clarinet chops, I immediately knew he would be my voice for that instrument.  He is currently writing music for the group, and I can’t wait to play it!

Our acoustic bass chair is held by Emilio Terranova.  Emilio’s musicianship is a real treat.  His grooves propel this band.  I keep throwing him challenges and he humbly impresses me every time.  I can always count on him to assert his hip ideas into the music.

Last but not least, is our amazing drummer Adam Alesi.  Adam is one of those few drummers that are rock-solid.  I know that everything he plays is going to be groovin’ and tasty.  He is currently playing with some of the biggest names in Los Angeles, including Bob Sheppard.  I count on Adam to keep the band together as we are shifting meters and moods in unexpected places.

You might ask, what kind of music does this band play?  The vague answer I would give you would be contemporary jazzish music.  Think Dave Holland, meets Herbie Hancock, jammin’ with Dave Douglas, with hints of Strayhorn, Horace Silver, and Wayne with Worldly undertones.

So Far, we have six charts that are polished and ready to go.  Three are original compostions of mine, and three are arrangements that i have done of some of my favorite pieces.

For our Caffe’ Roma gig, we will be playing these pieces with some jazz standards mixed in.  There will be special guests to sit in and play with us as well.  We are playing three sets starting at 7:30 and ending at 11:00.

I hope you will come out to see our premier!  If you cannot make it, please stay tuned and join us at a future show.

October 29, 2010

Catchin’ Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — Phil @ 12:24 pm

Hello everybody and welcome to my site!

It has been quite an eventful last few months since returning to Los Angeles from Rochester, New York where I got my Master’s from the Eastman School of Music.  Getting on my feet financially was my chief concern upon my return.  Now that I have that taken care of, I am free to focus on what means the most to me: music!

Let me begin by sharing my notable Performances in the last few months:

I have been playing regularly with the band Thelonius Dub playing the music of The Dark Side of the Moon.  We have been playing amazing shows to packed houses. We have a few more shows booked in the next couple weeks so check my calender for details.

I have also been playing with a jazzy pop band called The Hot Nothing.  Our gig at Vittello’s went extremely well.  This band is a blast to play with so be sure to check us out!

I had the great pleasure of playing the Solo Book in the Elliot Deutsch Big Band at the Catalina Jazz Club in July.

Playing with Jill Avilez and the Love Absurd at the House of Blues was also a lot of fun.

I have been keeping busy writing music for a new project.  This excites me greatly as I plan to have this rolling by the end of the year.

I am very happy to be Teaching in an array of environments.

On Wednesday nights, I have the great privilege to be coaching jazz combos at my alma mater, California State University Northridge.  It is a lot of fun to be working with these talented jazz majors who are the next generation of creative musicians.

I have been fortunate to have re-built my private studio as well.  I have many students in the Agoura Hills and Malibu area.  I have a studio at Nick Rail Music in Agoura Hills and also have been driving to students’ homes as well.

Last but not least are my little guys.  I am teaching Elementary School Band at three schools in Santa Clarita.  I currently teach beginning brass, woodwinds, percussion, and advanced band.  I cannot wait for our first concerts in December!