Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

570

Take Five With Trey Wright

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Meet Trey Wright: Trey Wright is a jazz guitarist, composer, and recording artist based in Roswell, Ga. While studying Sociology at the University of Georgia, Trey studied jazz improvisation with pianist and composer Steve Dancz. In 1994, he co-founded the Athens/Atlanta based jazz band Squat. The group is a six-time winner of Best Jazz Band at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards and has been at festivals and clubs throughout the Southeast. Several of Trey's compositions with the group have received international airplay and have been featured on Sirius radio.

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.

Instrument(s):

Guitar.

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, Brad Mehldau, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Frisell, Wayne Shorter, The Bad Plus, Radiohead, U2, etc ....

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

Music is the only thing that has ever made sense to me. I never planned on being a musician for a career but I always knew it would be an important part of my life.

Your sound and approach to music:

I've always been interested in music that told a story and took the listener somewhere. I want to play jazz music in which solos aren't the focal point, but are a part of the natural evolution of a song's dynamic progression. Early on in my education I was taught that less is more, something that I always try to teach my students as well!

Your teaching approach:

I believe in focused, goal oriented lessons. I always spend the first lesson asking the students what their goals are and then I try to come up with a plan to get them to where they want to be. Having a plan helps keep the student motivated and get them to where they want to be!

Road story: Your best or worst experience:

I could write a book of nightmare experiences that we had when Squat was on the road.

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!

Favorite venue:

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, Feelin' the Spirit. I had never heard a guitarist play with such a strong pocket before. I love turning students on to this record.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

Although I do my best, I realized a long time ago that I was never going to be the guitarist around. There are so many amazing players! I feel that I have found my niche as a composer and have developed my own style as a player (it only took me 20 years to figure it out!)

Desert Island picks:

The Brad Mehldau Trio, Art of the Trio Volume III arner Bros.)

Charles Mingus, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse!)

Radiohead, Amnesiac (EMI)

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Me And Einstein

Me And Einstein

Trey Wright
Begin Again

Take Five With...
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Begin Again

Begin Again

Blue Canoe Records
2019

buy
Songs From Oak Avenue

Songs From Oak Avenue

Blue Canoe Records
2015

buy
Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud

Blue Canoe Records
2009

buy
Where I'm Calling From

Where I'm Calling From

Namaste Records
2007

buy

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Feb16Sat
Laura Coyle & Trey Wright
Wolf Mountain Vineyards
Dahlonega, GA
Feb17Sun
Laura Coyle & Trey Wright Jazz Brunch
Wolf Mountain Vineyards
Dahlonega, GA
Feb22Fri
Laura Coyle & Trey Wright
The Coffee Vineyard
Holly Springs, GA
Feb24Sun
Laura Coyle & Trey Wright Jazz Brunch
Wolf Mountain Vineyards
Dahlonega, GA
Mar1Fri
Trey Wright Quartet With Special Guest Laura Coyle
Red Light Cafe
Atlanta, GA
$12
Mar8Fri
Trey Wright Trio Plus Special Guest Laura Coyle
The Loft
Columbus, GA
May11Sat
Laura Coyle & Trey Wright
Serenbe
Palmetto, GA

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Take Five With...
Take Five with Black Tie Brass
By Ryan McNulty
February 7, 2019
Take Five With...
Take Five with Florian Ross
By Florian Ross
February 6, 2019
Take Five With...
Take Five with Christoph Irniger
By Christoph Irniger
February 5, 2019
Take Five With...
Take Five with Kenney Polson
By Kenney Polson
January 15, 2019
Take Five With...
Take Five with Jacopo Penzo
By Jacopo Penzo
January 10, 2019
Take Five With...
Take Five with David Hall
By David Hall
January 9, 2019
Take Five With...
Take Five with Charu Suri
By Charu Suri
January 4, 2019