The Wayne Pearcy/ Aaron Gratzmiller Jazz Quintet

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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.

About Wayne

Wayne Pearcy is a New England area trumpeter and composer who has won numerous accolades, perhaps most known by the jazz community for placing second globally as a soloist at the ITG College Jazz Competition in 2011. His rich tone and lyrical playing style have earned him studies with some of the heavy hitters in Jazz, including Tiger Okoshi, Darren Barrett, and Wynton Marsalis.

Besides jazz, Wayne has a strong interest in classical music, and he works to improve his technique as a soloist by memorizing cornet literature from the early twentieth century. Wayne strongly believes that the performance and study of classical music is important to the success of all musicians. Therefore, it has been a privilege for him to be a part of Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s educational outreach team since 2013.

Also a strong advocate for assistive technology, Wayne’s work as a student and staff member at Berklee College of Music has helped the renowned institution become a top destination for visually impaired music students from around the world. He is active in the community through his service on the board of Friends in Art, an American Council of the Blind (ACB) affiliate group, which offers scholarships to students of the fine arts.

Wayne profile

About Aaron

Saxophonist Aaron Gratzmiller has been performing in the New England area for over 5 years. His big sound and melodic approach have found a home in all sorts of musical situations, ranging from small jazz groups to R&B bands. Aaron honed his skills at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in music performance.
Aaron developed an interest in Jazz music at a relatively early age. Using his background in piano and music theory, he began to study jazz improvisation in 5th grade, sitting in with local musicians 4 years later. During this period, he developed a repertoire of standard songs, as well as an appreciation for the tradition of Jazz music. In addition to performing, Aaron works as a private music instructor in the greater Boston Area.