Pulse at BLU Jazz+

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  • Founded by bassist extraordinaire, Aidan Plank Music, this storytelling jazz ensemble brings a wide array of music in special return to BLU Jazz+ with an all-star lineup! Featuring Aidan Plank, Brad Wagner Music, Anthony Fuoco, and Dustin May!

    Pulse explores original compositions by its members as well as a diverse range of music composed by well-known and obscure jazz composers. Through group interaction, Pulse focuses on musical story telling. Founded by bassist Aidan Plank, and host to a verity of musicians, this concert will feature the group regulars, saxophonist Brad Wagner, and pianist Anthony Fuoco, and drummer Dustin May.

    A native of Oberlin, Ohio, bassist Aidan Plank enjoys performing a diverse range of music throughout Northern Ohio. He studied with bassist and composer David Morgan as well as with Kevin Switalski of the Cleveland Orchestra. Aidan is a graduate of Cleveland State University. Aidan has performed with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Joe Maneri, Janis Siegel, Frankie Avalon, Tierney Sutton, and many others. Along with enjoying playing in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Aidan can currently be seen performing explorations of improvisation in duo with guitarist Daniel Lippel. Aidan teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University, as well as at Cuyahoga Community College’s “Jazz Prep Program”.

    Brad Wagner is from Akron, Ohio, and has a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Brad has studied with Rick VanMatre, Brad Goode, Phil DeGreg, John Von Ohlen, Marc Fields, and others. Brad Wagner has been a member of many jazz groups including: Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Moustache Yourself, The Hendectet Jazz Collective, The ABC Trio, Pulse, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Black Dog Octet, The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Sam Blakeslee’s Large Group, and can be seen playing in other jazz groups, pit orchestras, latin, and pop music groups around North East Ohio. Brad plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone saxophones, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and also works as a composer and arranger.

    Anthony Fuoco was appointed faculty at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in 2005 and has since taught harmony,solfège, keyboard musicianship, piano literature, pedagogy and applied piano. In addition to serving on the BW faculty he has also taught at Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College. He frequently performs as a jazz pianist in large and small ensembles throughout the Cleveland area and also collaborates with his wife performing the four-hand and two-piano classical repertoire. He earned a Master of Music at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he was the recipient of the 21st Century Piano Commission competition. Prior to this, he received a Bachelor of Music at SUNY Potsdam in piano.

    Dustin earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from YSU in 2012 and is currently an adjunct jazz faculty member at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, has taught applied percussion at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music and is a freelance musician in Northeast Ohio. Originally from Westerville, Ohio, Dustin had the privilege of studying drum set with Jim Curlis and Jim Rupp. Dustin’s freelance beginnings sprouted here, at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Career Center for Music and as a member of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra. These two organizations allowed him to develop his craft while performing at many Columbus area venues such as the Southern Theatre, State House, Columbus Jazz and Rib Festival and many more. In 2010 Dustin was selected by, the now Vice President of Education at the Lincoln Center, Todd Stoll, to perform the repertoire of Duke Ellington with the Ohio Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Parma Jazz Festival in Parma, Italy. The group had the pleasure of performing alongside some of their musical heroes including Joe Locke, Dianne Reeves, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Marcus Roberts, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Wes Anderson and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Dustin’s active freelance career has allowed him to play with many great artists such as Teddy Pantelas, Jeff Grubbs, Wilbur Krebs, Ernie Riggins, Pat Crossley, Frank Cunimondo, Kip Reed, Bobby Selvaggio, Ashley Summers, Tom Scott, Brad Wagner, Chris Anderson, Tony Spicer, Theron Brown, Sam Blakeslee, Chris Coles, Dave Morgan, Aidan Plank and many more. Dustin can be heard on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s Forms of Things Unknown, the Youngstown Jazz Collective’s Absent Dreamers, Bobby Selvaggio’s Quantum Man and Sam Blakeslee’s Large Ensemble Live at Blu Jazz.

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