Local favorite Pete Pancrazi and his quartet perform an energetic mix of American Songbook, jazz arrangements of pop tunes, and original songs. This group features jazz guitarist Pete Pancrazi, Claudia Bloom-piano, bassist Todd Johnson and drummer Todd Chuba. Visit petepancrazi.com (for bio and more info)
Pete Pancrazi has been “one to watch” in the Phoenix area since taking up residence here in 1990. Pete continues to delight audiences with a growing repertoire of original compositions, along with straight-ahead and Latin jazz classics.. He has released four CDs to date which includes a Christmas album that features holiday standards arranged with a jazz twist.
In addition to being a popular performer, Pete is also a sought-after private teacher and clinician and is currently on staff at Mesa Community College, where he teaches jazz theory, jazz combo and guitar.
Claudia Bloom was classically trained at a major university, and went on to play in bands that specialized in Jazz fusion, rock, pop, smooth jazz and salsa. Overseas tours courtesy of the Department of Defense, hotel gigs, and a short stint on a cruise ship cured the travel bug and were followed up by a permanent home in the Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently the pianist/organist at Desert Palm United Church of Christ, whose members embrace her modern arrangements and re-harmonizations of hymns, spirituals, and pop and jazz standards.
Todd Johnson is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string electric bass. With his Zon signature model six-string bass, Todd has developed an innovative technique where he plays chord changes and bass lines simultaneously, plus his ability to play “chord melody” gives him an uniquely rich and fuller sound that proves extremely useful in both solo and small combo work. He’s performed and/or recorded with other such artists as Ron Eschete, Kristin Korb, Mike Stern, Poncho Sanchez, Frank Potenza, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Plas Johnson, Lew Tabackin, Jack Sheldon, Rufus Reid, Mundell Lowe, Michael Manring, Paul Humphrey, and Frank Gambale.
As a seasoned performing artist, Todd Johnson has developed a rich philosophy encompassing his spiritual, educational and achievement-oriented sides. Johnson sees his talent as a “gift from God” to continually enhance and develop. A unique musician with a unique instrument, Johnson strives to stretch the limits, creating new sounds and directions in which the electric bass can go.
Todd Chuba is originally from rural Michigan but moved to Arizona to study music at ASU. He has been a professional drummer and percussionist, specializing in a variety of musical genres and styles, for over 35 years.
“Todd Chuba’s career is a rare thirty-year success story that includes recordings, performances and national and international tours with the likes of: Nils Lofgren (“Old School 2012”), Paul Rogers (“Abandon Love ~ Amnesty International Tribute To Bob Dylan 2012”), Eric Burden, Glen Campbell, Joey DeFrancesco, David Griesman, David Garfield, Eric Marienthal, Neil Stubenhaus, Lenny Castro, Steve Gadd, Steve Ferrone, Ray Herndon, Tom Booth, Al Casey, Alice Tatum, Annie Sellick, Khani Cole, Bob Friedman, Stevie Nicks. A True testament to a musician’s approach to drums and percussion.” — TJS Custom Drums
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