10/23 – 9pm – Diego and Hugo Manuschevich + Sassafras Spine Trio


Diego Manuschevich
is a highly regarded multi-reedist/composer working in Santiago, Chile. He has led and composed for numerous ensembles ranging from trios to octets – including “Los Ogros del Swing” and “Diego Manuschevich Quinteto” – comprised of some of the most talented and creative young musicians in the local scene, and performed in all the main jazz (and non-jazz) venues in the city, in addition to performances outside of Santiago. He has also performed and recorded with large ensembles such as the highly regarded “quintessenceā€¯ and the more classicaly oriented “14 gatos del eclipse”, both of which were awarded government arts grants. Outside of Chile he has performed extensively and recorded with bassist Rolando Alvarado and Drummer Mark Ettingoff as well as NY-based avant-garde guitarist Thomas Reuben and bassist Francois Grillot.

Sassafras Spine Trio is a newly formed band consisting of Max Carmichael, guitarist from Red Bank, NJ; Bassist Rolando Alvarado from Middletown, NJ; and Philadelphia drummer, Mark Ettingoff. The trio’s performances range from free improvisation and original compositions, to their own unique interactions with jazz standards. Max has studied under guitarist Gary Wright, and makes yearly trips to India to study the Chaturangui under his guru, the world famous Debashish Bhattacharya. Rolando has studied with Slovenian composer Jerica Obla and NYC bassist Trevor Dunn, and was an original member of the controversial Los Ogros Del Swing (Santiago, Chile). Mark has studied with NYC drummer Tony Moreno and pianist Connie Crothers, and was also an original member of Los Ogros. All three members are currently active in a variety of musical projects throughout the tri-state area. Together they have developed a sound, which they continue to share with all kinds of audiences.

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