The Wayne Pearcy/ Aaron Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet
The Wayne Pearcy/ Aaron Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet (PGJQ) is a project aimed at presenting the tradition of hard-bop jazz from the perspective of a new generation of musicians. PGJQ performs original compositions by members of the group, which combine elements of modern music with the energetic and soulful sound of classic jazz quintets. The result is a performance that both lifelong Jazz-buffs and casual listeners of all ages can enjoy.
Over the Edge
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“Over the Edge” is the title of the PGJQ’s debut album. It contains 10 original compositions individually written over the course of nearly a decade by co-leaders Wayne Pearcy (Trumpet) and Aaron Gratzmiller (Saxophone). Joining them is an outstanding rhythm section comprised of Matt Savage on Piano, Greg Toro on Upright Bass, and Fabio Rojas on Drum Set. It was recorded on October 4th and 5th, 2017 at Keep the Edge Studios in Quincy, MA, and was engineered by Keith Asack.
The objective in making “Over the Edge” was to record a contemporary sounding full-length album that continues in the tradition of straight ahead Jazz. The music is constructed using Bebop and Blues vocabulary while often experimenting with modern forms and improvisation techniques. The goal of each person involved with this project was to create an energetic, soulful, nuanced, and somewhat unpredictable experience for the listener. "Over the Edge" will be available later this year on CD Baby, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and Google play (plus many more) later this year.
Aaron Gratzmiller is a saxophonist, arranger, and private instructor based in Boston, MA. His energetic playing and stylistic versatility has helped him become one of the most active performers in New England, sharing the stage with notable artists such as Kurt Elling, Antonio Hart, Robert Villera, and Matt Savage among others. Aaron also teaches private lessons at Cambridge Arts Academy (Somerville, MA) and North Main Music (Nashua, NH), and is the artistic director for the New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation.
Aaron grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where he began studying the piano at the age of 6. A few years later, he began playing the tenor saxophone in his elementary school band, and quickly developed an interest in Jazz. He continued taking lessons on both the saxophone and the piano through High School, when he began playing with Pittsburgh area musicians. He later majored in music at both Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, graduating from Berklee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance.