Power of Ten is a unique little big band comprised of Philadelphia’s most in demand, first call musicians, who also teach at the University of the Arts School of Music. They released their first CD Earth Tones in 2011 to favorable reviews from All About Jazz and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The band performs semi-regularly at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philly and has presented concerts at The Philadelphia Museum of the Art.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: The Barnes Museum of Art, Philadelphia November 30, 2012. 6 PM.
The TEN (sometimes 11) That Comprise THE POWER of Ten10
Ron Kerber (alto & soprano sax and flute) is one of Philadelphia’s first call musicians, with a career that has crossed genres and styles. He was formerly saxophonist, composer and producer for Blue Note recording artists “Pieces of a Dream”. He has also recorded with Jimmy Bruno, Phil Woods, Gerald Veasley, Jim Ridl, Melody Gardot, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, Lou Rawls and Teddy Pendergrass among others. He has toured with Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart and Diana Ross and performed with Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Ben Folds, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, Lang Lang, Manhattan Transfer, Randy Brecker, Michael Buble, Jane Monheit, New York Voices, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and Johnny Mathis to name a few. Ron has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Opera Company of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and The Royal Ballet. He is a member of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and has played in the orchestras of the Forrest, Walnut Street, Prince and Merriam Theaters. Ron’s most recent CD is available at www.dreamboxmedia.com.
Chris Farr (tenor & soprano sax) received his Master’s Degree from the University of the Arts in 1995, where he is now the Chair of the Saxophone Department. Currently, he can found playing on the Philly jazz scene as well as nationally and internationally. Over the past years Chris has recorded, toured and/or performed with Maynard Ferguson, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Stanley Clarke, Diane Schuur, Jill Scott, Teddy Pendergrass, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, Jill Scott, The Roots, Carl Thomas, Jaheim, Terell Stafford, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Lou Rawls, Larry Carlton, Joey DeFrancesco, “Papa” John DeFrancesco & Gerald Veasley.
Rick Lawn (baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet) Grants from the National Endowment of the Arts have supported his work as a composer, and as a member of the Nova Saxophone Quartet he has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society, Crystal and Equilibrium labels. The Sea Breeze record label issued “Unknown Soldiers,” a CD recorded by the Third Coast Jazz Orchestra featuring his compositions and arrangements. Kendor, CL Barnhouse, Walrus, Concept Music, Alfred, Dorn, and UNC Press music among others publish his compositions. Rick’s books entitled The Jazz Ensemble Directors Manual, Jazz Theory and Practice, and Experiencing Jazz have become staples among jazz educators and students. Selmer has sponsored his clinics, performances guest conducting appearances in 12 states. Rick contributes most of the compositions and arrangements to Power of Ten’s book. He has performed with Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Marian McPartland, Chuck Mangione, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Bernadette Peters, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Austin Symphony, Houston Lyric Opera Company and the Rochester Philharmonic to mention a few.
Matt Gallagher (trumpet & flugelhorn) has performed as a lead trumpet player with professional bands in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Wilmington, Delaware. As a member of three local musicians unions, he has performed with several Broadway show pro¬ductions and artists including Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Robin Eubanks, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, The O’Jays, The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry Manilow. Matt is currently the lead trumpet player for the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra as well as a member of Chico’s Vibe, one of the region’s top party bands. In addition, Matt is a regular studio trumpet player at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Larry Gold Studio in Philadelphia. Matt has recently recorded for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, R Kelly, and LL Cool J to name a few.
George Rabbai (trumpet & flugelhorn) has toured and recorded with The Woody Herman Jazz Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein and Clark Terry. His beautiful and lyrical trumpet sound can be heard on the soundtrack to Ken Burns’ “Baseball” documentary with his mournful rendition of “Take me out to the Ballgame”. George is an American Civil War historian and has published books and CDs on the origins and development of American military bugle calls.
Randy Kapralick (trombone) Randy has played lead trombone for the legendary Motown groups The Four Tops & The Temptations. Throughout his career, Randy has had the chance to perform/record with Tito Puente, Aretha Franklin, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, KC & the Sunshine Band, Frankie Valli, Bill Watrous, and Robert Goulet.
Mike Kennedy (guitar) has studied with, among others, Jimmy Bruno, Larry McKenna, Bob DiNardo, Joe Federico, and Allan Slutsky. Mike has been teaching guitar for over 17 years. Over the past few years, Mike has had the opportunity to perform with such renowned Philadelphia jazz musicians as Larry McKenna and John Swana and has also has performed with international pop artists such as Lou Rawls, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, and Elton John. With a sound based in the bebop tradition, yet with a definite modern presence, Mike collected a series of ten tunes for his first self-produced jazz CD, Quartet No. 1, which was released in late 2002. The album received exceptional reviews that praise both the compositions and the musicians. The CD has had airplay in the Philadelphia area, as well as overseas.
Tony Miceli (vibes) has performed throughout Germany, Holland, Belgium and England with Mallet Madness. Closer to home, he performs as a leader or sideman in countless jazz clubs and concert halls including: Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Zanzibar Blue, World Cafe Live, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, Chris’s Jazz Cafe, the Painted Bride and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recordings include a self-titled compilation CD; Looking East with the Philly 5; On a Sweet Note, Gerald Veasley and the Electric Mingus Project; Band Shapes with French pianist Olivier Hutman; Monkadelphia; Music From the Inside Out, a companion CD for the new documentary showcasing The Philadelphia Orchestra; and three upcoming CD’s: with Concord Jazz recording artist and guitarist, Jimmy Bruno; with Adam Unsworth, French hornist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and a BMG tribute album to Luther Vandross. In addition to leading his own ensembles, Miceli has performed with Dave Liebman, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle and others.
Bassist Kevin MacConnell has enjoyed a busy and varied career since moving to Philadelphia in 1982. He has performed with jazz greats Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, and has performed and recorded with tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. He is equally at home in the classical venues as well, having performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops and numerous small chamber ensembles. Kevin has performed in numerous “pit” ensembles for performances of “Floyd Collins”, “Candide”, “Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” and “Chasing Nicolette” to name a few. He has also shared the stage with James Naughton and Faith Prince and of course Paula West.
Kevin has worked extensively with tenor saxophonist, Larry McKenna and is featured on Larry’s latest release “Profile” which has received critical acclaim across the U.S. Kevin studied at West Chester State College in the mid-seventies and has studied privately with bassist Domenick Fiore and new york based jazz pianist Sal Mosca (a Lennie Tristano protege’).
Tom Lawton studied in Philadelphia with renowned pianist Bernard Peiffer, who had emigrated here from France. After Bernard’s death, Tom began a long association with the late bassist Al Stauffer, who had accompanied Peiffer for several years. Tom and Al were once among Philly’s most visible proponents of free improvisation and were often seen at the Painted Bride and Khyber Pass back when those venues still supported the style. In ensuing years, they were seen playing more subdued (but no less creative) jazz styles at the Fountain Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tom now just subs at the Four Seasons, but can be seen frequently at Chris’ Jazz Cafe. He teaches at Bucks Community College, Temple University and the University of the Arts. Tom is considered by many to be one of Philadelphia’s brightest undiscovered talents. His playing is awe-inspiring and he defines “two handed” piano playing.
Erik Johnson has been a performing musician and composer in Philadelphia for the past 20 years. He was a member of the acclaimed Interscope Records act “Huffamoose” during the 1990′s, touring extensively and performing on many television and radio shows including “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” Since 1998, Erik has been focusing on an original rock music project, “The Fractals,” with former members of Huffamoose Jim Stager and Kevin Hanson (The Roots, Jay-Z, many others) as well as returning to his jazz roots. From 1998 through 2003 he was a member of Ben Schachter’s “Trio of Many” during which time he recorded with Tim Hagans, Jef Lee Johnson, Gary Bartz and others. Erik has performed with John Swana, Larry McKenna, George Garzone, Jack Walrath, and many other jazz luminaries.
Mark Allen (baritone sax, clarinet & bass clarinet) hails from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but has lived and worked in the Philadelphia area for the last six years. Mark currently at the University of the Arts where he teaches saxophone performance and improvisation. He has had the privilege of studying with Joel Frahm, Ben Schachter, Chris Farr, and Ron Kerber. In addition to co-leading several ensembles, Mark is an active member of The Norman David Eleventet, the Captain Black Big Band, and several other Philadelphia/New York ensembles. He has shared the stage and/or recorded with with jazz luminaries such as George Garzone, Marcus Belgrave, Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Oatts, Orrin Evans, Frank Lacy, and Tim Hagans, among others. Mark is also active in the Philadelphia theater scene as a woodwind player, performing on saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and oboe.