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Take Five With Damon Zick

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Meet Damon Zick:

Damon Zick and Friends play their own unique brand of original jazz, emphasizing melody, groove and communication. Damon's compositions provide an eclectic wealth of departure points for some top-notch improvisation. The band formed 15 years ago while members were attending the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

While there they had the opportunity to study and perform with such artists as Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Holman, Benny Carter, Eliane Elias, Steve Vai, Benny Golson, Mike Cain, Ralph Alessi and many others.

Since then they have gone on to perform concerts and master classes across the United States. Members have performed and/or recorded with Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Joe LaBarbera, Vinny Golia, Bob Mintzer, Kneebody, the New World Symphony, the Woody Herman Orchestra and many others. Their second CD, We Are Large was released in October 2006.

Instrument(s):

Saxophones, clarinets, flutes.

Your sound and approach to music: Melody, groove, communication.

Your teaching approach: Fit the lesson to the student.

Your dream band:

Tim Albright: trombone; Adam Benjamin: piano; Kaveh Rastegar: bass; Nate Wood: drums.

The first Jazz album I bought was: Jammin' with Herbie Hancock, and Free Jazz, by Ornette Coleman.

CDs you are listening to now: Industrial Jazz Group.

How would you describe the state of jazz today? Diverse.


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