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Where I'm Calling From
Trey has also performed with Jimmy Haslip, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, and Corey Christiansen. Trey has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, and the World Sacred Music Festival in Bangalore, India. As a solo guitarist and with his trio, Trey has been a featured performer at the Athens Music and Arts Festival, the Lake Oconee Jazz Festival, Mulefest and the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
In December of 2002, Trey completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University, and he currently is on faculty at Kennesaw State University and the Atlanta Institute of Music. In 2006, Trey released his first CD, Where I'm Calling From, receiving rave reviews and international airplay. The Trey Wright Trio released Thinking Out Loud in the summer of 2009 on Blue Canoe Records.
Teachers and/or influences?
My teachers have included pianist and composer Steve Dancz and jazz guitarist Dave Frackenpohl.
As for influences, there are too many to name but a sampling would include Jim Hall
One of the worst was when we were the backing band for an artist that attempted to leave us stranded in Grand Junction, CO as he drove off in his van with all of our gear in it!
Some of my favorite performances have been overseas. I'm always blown away by how appreciative and receptive foreign audiences can be to jazz music and jazz musicians. It's easy to get discouraged playing to ten disinterested fans in your own home town!
My favorite was the World Sacred Music Festival in Bangalore, India. I was playing with pianist and composer Steve Dancz and was completely inspired by our surroundings and the other music acts we played with. I hope to begin playing abroad on a more regular basis.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
The two trio CDs I have done - Where I'm Calling From (2006 Namaste Records) and Thinking Out Loud (2009 Blue Canoe Records). I love playing with the trio; the openness of this format gives plenty of room for harmonic exploration and expression.
Bassist Marc Miller and drummer Marlon Patton are amazing musicians and I am always amazed at what these guys do with the tunes I bring to the group. We all have similar influences and we are constantly listening and interacting with each other as we play.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
I'm honestly not sure .... but I do know that the album that had the biggest influence on me when I was learning was Grant Green
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