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At our next concert (June 10, 2018):

Giroux Brothers Quintet

The Giroux Brothers Quartet and Quintet were officially founded in 2016 with the goal of reaching others through music.  We hold melody, conversation, humor and freedom as our highest values.  

Tyler Giroux is a trombone and piano player based out of Albany, NY. Originally from Burnt Hills, Tyler grew up playing piano and trumpet before switching to the bigger brass horns. He holds a bachelor of music in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a master of music in jazz performance from the Frost School of Music. Tyler has studied and performed with many notable jazz artists, including Brian Lynch, Dante Luciani, Bret Zvacek, Mitch Frohman, and Scott Robinson.

Nate Giroux is a saxophone and clarinet player in NY's Capital Region. He earned his bachelor of music in jazz studies from William Paterson University in 2012. His performance resume includes the Detroit Jazz Festival, Pittsfield Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival and the International Society for Improvised Music Conference; as well as performances with noted musicians Bucky Pizzarelli, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Davis, Scott Robinson, Joe Magnarelli, James Weidman, Kevin Norton and Paul Meyers.

Guitarist Luke Franco brings a vibrant energy, strong melodic sensibility, and a swinging groove to every performance he’s part of. He’s been heavily influenced by the late Jim Hall, one of the great innovators of the jazz guitar, as well as his mentor, John Abercrombie, whom Franco studied under extensively. While pursuing his doctorate at the University of Miami, he performed with the award winning Concert Jazz Band as a featured soloist alongside guest artists Gonzalo Rubalacaba and Alan Ferber. He was featured as lead guitarist at the world premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas’s “Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind” along with the New World Symphony in 2016. As a counterpoint to his musical career, he and his wife founded Tiny Hearts Farm in Copake, NY. There they grow cut flowers and play music at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.

Dylan Perrillo is a native of Voorheesville, NY and has been enjoying playing the upright bass for a quite some time. He now resides in Albany, performing with fellow musicians across the land and leads a big band called the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra. Aside from music, he aspires to sow a great big garden each warm season.

Matthew Niedbalski is a drummer known for bringing musicality and energy to the bandstand. Born and raised in New York’s Capital District, Matt was exposed to music at a very early age. While in high school he took private drum lessons with drummer/author Ted Mackenzie and participated in the Empire State Youth Orchestra as well as the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute. Before graduating high school Matt played with many local musicians, performing at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Final Stretch Music Festival and the Lake George Jazz Festival, where he opened for Rudresh Manthappa and Bunky Green.

In 2012, Matt was accepted into the jazz studies program at William Paterson University under the direction of Mulgrew Miller. While at William Paterson he studied privately with Bill Goodwin, Kevin Norton and Steve LaSpina. Matt participated in ensembles directed by Mulgrew Miller, Bill Charlap, Christian McBride and others. Matt performed as a member of the university ensembles at the William Paterson Jazz Room Series and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.

Since graduating William Paterson in 2016, Matt has remained active in both the Albany jazz scene and New York City. He was recently featured on pianist Sam Javitch’s debut recording “People and Places” which also features saxophonist Rich Perry. Matt is a member of the Charles Cornell Trio, the Giroux Brothers Quartet, Joel Cotton’s Consequence and the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra. In addition to an active performance schedule he also teaches privately and has taught drum classes for younger musicians. Matt is on faculty at Vanguard Music Studio in Denville, NJ.