Dan Bruce- guitar : Aidan Plank- bass : Anthony Taddeo- drums
DAN BRUCE is a recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an important member of Chicago’s jazz community. He is active throughout the Midwest and nationally as a performer, recording artist, composer and educator.
Bruce has performed on more than twenty-five albums as a sideman, and has worked with a number of eminent musicians including Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, Dan Wall, Lynn Seaton, Marvin Stamm, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Daniel Lippel, Rose Colella, and Marquis Hill. His first album, A Single Thread, received praise from both fans and critics. Martin Gladu of allaboutjazz.com wrote, “A Single Thread combines his learned guitar work, which is at times reminiscent of Ben Monder, with substantive yet airy, contemporary sounding compositions”, and Chuck Vecoli of jazzreview.com called it “A brilliant first effort”. Bruce’s much-anticipated second album, Earthshine, came out in late 2017 on the Ears and Eyes label.
Bruce’s groups have been featured in Akron Ohio's Rubber City Jazz Festival, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio City Summerfest, The Chi-Town Jazz Festival, The Chicago Composers Collective series at the Green Mill, The Chicago Cultural Center Chamber Music Series, The Jazz Institute of Chicago NextGen Jazz Series, South by Southwest, the Toledo Jazz Festival, and a special live radio broadcast on WDCB FM Chicago.
“…a skilled, seasoned player, one capable of filling the space left by an accompanying
harmonic instrument with aplomb and finesse.”
-Martin Gladu, allaboutjazz.com
"...without a doubt one of the finest of today's young jazz guitarists. He plays with
great creativity, soul, and intelligence."
-William Piburn, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine
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, and is a graduate of Cleveland State University.
Plank has performed with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Joe Maneri, Janis Siegel, Frankie Avalon, Tierney Sutton, and many others. He played baroque bass in the premier of Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l’Amour (composed in 1743) in 2002 at Oberlin College as well as in the world premier of Randall Woolf and Robin Stranahan’s ‘pop-up’ opera, Frozen Community, produced by Real Time Opera in 2013.
Along with playing in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Aidan can currently be seen performing explorations of improvisation in duo with guitarist Daniel Lippel. He teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University, as well as at Cuyahoga Community College’s “Jazz Prep Program”.
ANTHONY TADDEO is a drummer, composer and ODP performing artist currently residing in Cleveland, OH. Early on in his musical career he studied with world renown percussionist Jamey Haddad before moving to New York City in 2009 to further pursue his musical career at The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Anthony has toured North America and Europe extensively playing at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Ciclo 1906 Jazz Fest in Spain. His versatility as a musician has also lead him to record close to 20 albums / singles with an array of musicians and genres.
Anthony currently teaches drums and percussion at Cuyahoga Community College. He is an active composer and arranger for projects in NYC and Cleveland. He is currently endorsed by “Out of the Drawer Percussion” as a performing artist.