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Kazzrie Jaxen, Don Messina, and Charley Krachy Trio

The Trio of Kazzrie Jaxen, Charley Krachy, and Don Messina bring together the elemental qualities of three creative jazz musicians: lighter-than-air swing, earthy melodic pulse, oceanic depth, and fiery adventurousness. Honoring jazz tradition with straight-ahead swing and spontaneous improvisation, this band strives to express the beauty of a melodic line, deriving collective inspiration from the musical philosophies of jazz greats Lennie Tristano and Sal Mosca, as well as Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Bud Powell, Warne Marsh, and many others. The group’s music includes standard tunes, jazz lines, originals, J. S. Bach inventions, and excursions into the abstract (occasionally these excursions are intertwined with readings of Emily Dickerson, Stanley Kunitz, Hafiz, and even quotes by Lennie Tristano.) Their unusual harmonic approach stretches the music in unique and complex directions, always in service to feeling and to the absolute pure joy of improvising. This group has a unique way of interacting with audiences through Q & A, a varied program of standards, using vocals: the material is always changing!

The band usually performs as a quartet; however, for this performance the group will work as a trio (without drums). This band has been together since 2009. Their first CD, “Callicoon Sessions” (released on Cadence Jazz Records in 2013) was produced from informal recordings of their sessions at Kazzrie’s studio in Callicoon, NY. “These recordings give new meaning to the words freedom and tradition, juxtaposing them in a way that render them useless. The recording is a no-nonsense portrait, leaving room for the playing to breathe and bloom. A great disc from an innovative ensemble.” (Marc Medwin, The NYC Jazz Record, May 2014). Their second album, “Quaternity,” a collection of live performances was released in August of 2014 on New Artists Records “…a hip quartet…lemme tell ya, I wanna see them in concert! Artsy and atmospheric jazz at its best. I want more!” (George Harris, Jazz Weekly, January 2015).

The group performed at Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center for the induction ceremony of Lennie Tristano into JALC Hall of Fame, and most recently at The Outpost in Albuquerque, New Mexico; The Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers Univ., Newark, NJ; Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY; The Tusten Theater, Narrowsburg, NY; The Cooperage Project, Honesdale, PA; Wainwright House, Rye; Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY, as well as other concerts in Wellfleet and Acton, MA; Monticello and Callicoon, NY; and Westport, CT.