Donny McCaslin Trio

Donny McCaslin grew up in in Santa Cruz, CA. Inspired by his father, a pianist and vibraphonist, the youngster started playing tenor saxophone at 12, and quickly progressed, touring Europe and participating in the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival’s California All-Star band while in high school.

After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he joined Berklee professor Gary Burton’s quintet, with whom he toured for four years. McCaslin moved to New York in 1991, working with bassist Eddie Gomez and then joining the group Steps Ahead (whose previous saxophonist was Michael Brecker), with whom he made the 1995 disc "Vibe" (NYC Records). His performance on the Maria Schneider Orchestra's "Concert In The Garden" CD received a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” in 2004.

He was part of the group Lan Xang with fellow New York saxophonist David Binney, and the quintet led by the widely lionized trumpeter Dave Douglas, who added McCaslin to his band in 2005. He has also been a valued sideman on recordings by Danilo Perez, Luciana Souza, and performances with Tom Harrell, Brian Blade, John Pattitucci, Mingus Dynasty, and Pat Metheny.

In 2006, McCaslin received a Doris Duke grant for new jazz composition from Chamber Music America. In 2008, he was rated #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll in the "rising star" category for tenor saxophone. He has released six albums as a leader. The latest is "Recommended Tools" on Greenleaf.

N.Y. Times Critic's Choice

Bassist Hans Glawischnig was born in Graz, Austria in 1970. His father, a respected pianist, big band leader and educator, instilled in Hans an early interest in music. From 1986 to 1988 he studied with renowned American bassist Wayne Darling. After high school Hans relocated to the United States to accept scholarships at Berklee School of Music and Manhattan School of Music.

In 1995 he was hired to fill the bass chair in Bobby Watson's Urban Renewal band, playing alongside New York veterans Victor Lewis and Mark Soskin. A stint with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau followed.

He was invited to play with Ray Barretto's renowned New World Spirit ensemble. The group toured extensively and recorded two albums, "Contact!" for Blue Note records and "Live in Europe". Further engagements with Paquito D'Riviera, Dave Samuels and Bobby Sanabria followed swiftly, as did performances with Rick Margitza, Garry Dial, Billy Harper, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Joe Locke, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Steffon Harris, Claudio Roditi, Billy Drewes, Jamey Haddad, Brian Lynch, Phil Woods and Claudia Acuna.

Hans was invited to join David Sanchez' Melaza Sextet in 1998. The group toured the globe, recorded two albums for Columbia and received two Grammy Award nominations.

In 2001, Hans recorded a number of his own compositions, which were released as "Common Ground" on Fresh Sound/New Talent. Other recording sessions folowed with David Sanchez, Ken Hatfield, Ray Barretto, Miguel Zenon, Brian Lynch and James Moody as well as extensive touring with Claudia Acuna, Mark Murphy and David Sanchez.

Since moving to New York City in 2003, drummer / composer Ted Poor has quickly established himself as a new voice on the jazz/improvised music scene.

Jazz Review writes: “[Ted] has an uncanny ability to shape the music and a refreshingly unique, organic approach to playing the drums.”

This unique approach has caught the ears of many of the city’s most established musicians. Ted is a regular member of the Ben Monder Quartet, the Cuong Vu Trio, the David Berkman Quartet and the Jerome Sabbagh Quartet. Most recently he has formed Third Wheel, a dynamic trio featuring Ben Monder and Ralph Alessi. Ted has worked as a sideman with Chris Potter, Bill Frisell, Maria Schneider, Kermit Driscoll, Kate McGary, Marc Ducret, David Fiuczynski, Rich Perry, Joe Locke, Wycliffe Gordon and John McNeil.

Ted grew up outside of Rochester, NY and attended the Eastman School of Music from 1999-2003 (BM ’03).

As a leader, Ted has released a debut CD entitled "All Around" (Trier 2003).