Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia and American saxophonist Joel Frahm celebrate the release of BLUED DHARMA, an album of duets recorded in New York City in August of 2017. The album features new and previously unrecorded works by Farrugia, as well as explorations of standard songs from the Great American Songbook.
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Juno Award winning pianist Adrean Farrugia has been an active member of the Canadian jazz music scene since the late 1990’s. He has appeared on more than 40 recordings and performs locally with the Bob Brough Quartet, The Worst Pop Band Ever, Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, Marito Marques, Jane Bunnett, Sophia Perlman, Kevin Turcotte, Heather Bambrick and Molly Johnson. He also tours internationally with vocalist Matt Dusk, American trumpeter Brad Goode, and recently, with saxophone legend Ernie Watts. Adrean also leads his own bands Ricochet (whose debut album was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz recording in 2011) and the Adrean Farrugia Trio. Adrean is on the faculties of Mohawk College and York University.
Joel Frahm was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1970. He attended the Stephen Bull Fine Arts School, where he began playing the tenor saxophone. At the age of 15 he and his family moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where he attended William H. Hall High School. He met pianist Brad Mehldau at school, and the two had weekly gigs locally. After leaving high school in 1988, Frahm attended Rutgers University for a year before transferring to The Manhattan School of Music, and following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance he entered Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead workshop. His debut recording as a leader was Sorry, No Decaf, for Palmetto Records, in 1998. A 2001 recording, Don't Explain, was a series of duets with Mehldau. A regular on the New York City club circuit, Joel Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound - fluid, inventive and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine's critics' poll has named him a rising star.