The Chance Trio & Toronto’s Lina Allemano Four

Thursday, October 14, 9pm – 9 pm sharp – $10 Cover – BYOB – Jazz

The Chance Trio
& Toronto’s Lina Allemano Four

The Chance Trio was born in the Spring of 2001 when trumpet player Bart Miltenberger, guitarist Matt Davis, and bassist Michael Taylor collaborated to play and develop their own original compositions. Since then the group has performed their quietly adventurous, passionate and humorous original compositions all over the Philadelphia area, including concert performances at the Kimmel Center, the Painted Bride, World Cafe Live, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Tritone, a long-standing residency at the Highwire Gallery, and featured sets at the 3rd and 4th annual Collective Voices Festivals. Drawing influences from Jazz, Blues, Folk, Rock, and the Avant-Garde, The Chance Trio was a featured performer at the 2006 Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC.  “An unusual and striking trio” – Philadelphia Inquirer  The Chance Trio’s critically-acclaimed album, Marnee Birds, is available in stores and online at, and Chance Trio on MySpace

About the Musicians:

UK-born trumpet player, Bart Miltenberger, whose playing has been called “impressive” by JazzTimes magazine, is a lyrical and melodic player with a warm and beautiful trumpet sound. In addition to his own group, The Chance Trio, Bart regularly performs with Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph, the 23-piece Brazilian band Philly Bloco, and Agent Moosehead. An active freelancer in all genres of music, Bart has also performed with Sonic Liberation Front and the Bart Miltenberger Quartet. In August of 2004 and 2005, Bart was invited by world-renowned trumpet star and composer Dave Douglas to perform in Trumpet Nation under the baton of the legendary conductionist Butch Morris, as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. In June of 2004 Bart performed with the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra in the Amsterdam world premiere of the opera, Call Me Ishmael. Bart has also performed and/or recorded with such musicians and bands as: Fathead, Edge City Collective, G-Love and Special Sauce, John Legend, The Digable Planets, Pauline Oliveros, Odean Pope, Dave Liebman, John Hollenbeck, Tyrone Brown, Farid Barron, Tom Lawton, John Swana, Tim Motzer, Xande Cruz, and DJ Phillip Charles. Bart studied for three intense years with the Maestro Dennis Sandole (best known as John Coltrane’s teacher) and was an American Composers Forum grant winner in 2003. Bart was a co-founder and co-presenter of Collective Voices Festivals IIV (2000-2003). In addition, Bart is a member of Bugles Across America since 2000 – performing TAPS at military funerals. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, Bart is the father of three young boys.

Matt Davis is a jazz guitarist based in New York City. In addition to performing, Matt is an active composer, teacher and arranger. Hailed as “brilliant” by the Philadelphia Daily News, Matt’s original 12-piece ‘modern chamber jazz ensemble,’ “Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph” performs regularly in and around Philadelphia and New York City. Matt has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Odean Pope, Dave Liebman, Paulina Oliveros, John Swana, Terell Stafford, Mickey Roker, and others. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including grants from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, The National Parks Service, The Banff Center, etc. Matt currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Jazz guitar performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Bassist and composer Michael Taylor has long been a creative force in the Philadelphia music scene. The Philadelphia Weekly describes his passionate, lyrical approach to the bass as having a “smooth toughness.” Taylor’s sensitivity and his uncanny ability to always set the appropriate mood have made him a respected musician and exceptionally busy freelancer. He has studied with Mark Helias in addition to studying at the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. He has performed with The Taylor/Madof Group, Minas, Farid Barron, Tom Lawton, Sid Simmons, and Duane Eubanks. In addition to The Chance Trio, Taylor regularly performs with the High Hopes Jazz Trio.

Lina Allemano Four
Four of Canada’s best jazz players are heard leaping nimbly between concise bop and free-flowing sonic adventure, playing with agility, momentum and empathy, balancing intelligence and virtuosity with humor and moments of tenderness” (Mirror, Montréal)

Toronto’s LINA ALLEMANO FOUR has been hailed as one of Canada’s most vibrant cutting edge avant-jazz groups. Known for their inventiveness and synergy, they deftly blur the line between composition and improvisation. Their music showcases Lina’s progressive and open compositional style combined with her band’s exquisite expressiveness and knack for the unexpected. A stimulating dynamic of interaction and spontaneity assures that the group’s performances are always lighthearted and full of surprises. The band has toured extensively over the past 5 years, having released two widely acclaimed CDs, Gridjam (2008) and Pinkeye (2006), and will be releasing their third album in 2010. LINA ALLEMANO FOUR’s recent highlights include: Feature performances at Jazz Festivals and major tours across Canada; Recordings for CBC Radio and TVO; Nominations for Canadian Independent Music Awards’ Favorite Jazz Group and National Jazz Awards Acoustic Group of the Year. LINA ALLEMANO FOUR has received support from Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. Lina was recently recognized in DOWNBEAT Magazine as one of the top innovative trumpeters for the future, was winner of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and was nominated for the National Jazz Awards Trumpeter of the Year and SOCAN Composer of the Year. She was featured at the prestigious Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City and is recognized internationally for both her trumpet-playing and composing.

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