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At our next concert (October 18, 2015):
Paul Mastriani has been a much-admired jazz pianist for many years in both upstate New York and in Florida. He opened at the Egg in Albany for the Brecker Brothers and has been featured at jazz festivals in Lake George, Clearwater and Sarasota. He has played with local musicians Ron Partch, Nick Brignola, Lew Petteys, Bob Massaro and many others, and has worked with John Lamb (Duke Ellington's former bassist), John LaPorta and Jim Chapin.
Paul is a member of ASCAP and composed the music for two revues for Schenectady Light Opera Company. Two of his compositions, "Que Bassa (Time)" and "Gotta Take Time," were performed by Tony Zano in a concert at Carnegie Hall. He recorded with Jan Eisen and Jodi Shayne and has a CD with his own trio.
Pete Toigo has been active as a bassist in the capital region and beyond for several decades. Recent performances for the Swingtime Jazz Society have included the Tim Olsen Quartet, the Nat Phipps Trio featuring Jeanne OíConnor, String of Pearls, the Teresa Broadwell Quartet, Patti O and the Hip Hooligans and the Mark Capon Trio. He continues to perform with all these groups, among others. Recent jazz recordings include four tracks on Tim Olsenís Creature of Habit on Planet Arts Records, Tom Scaranoís Jazz at Fosterís on Zinnia Records (an independent label dedicated to the music of Lennie Tristano & Sal Mosca) and Terry Adams of NRBQís upcoming release of the music of Thelonious Monk.
Paul J. Mastriani has enjoyed an extensive performing and recording career in western New York. Besides locally, Paul has toured and performed with many Louisiana bands including Willis Prudhomme, The Magnolia Sisters, Corey Ledet, Sammy Naquin and The Al Berard Family Band at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
For the last 3 years has been touring New York state with the legendary soul/blues Mississippi artist Johnny Rawls. During the same time, he has performed with jazz saxophonist Vincent Ercolamento at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz festival, as well as in a musical production by the famous Garth Fagan Dance company with The Freedom Trio. When not touring or filling in with other local Rochester bands, Paul can be found drumming with his regular band, The Swooners, which regularly perform at the Turning Stone Casino, and also with western NY Calypso bands Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band and Panloco Steel Band. Paul is also a recording studio drummer appearing on various local releases and teaches privately from his home in Rochester.