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Williamsville jazz upstart Angelo DiLoreto and his trio bring it home

Jazz musician Angelo Di Loreto was the subject of a Buffalo News NeXt interview in 2008, when he was a student at Williamsville East High School.

“Music is my job,” he said on that occasion. “I may be still in high school, but I’m a working musician/student right now.”

That head start has served him well. In 2011, working on his master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Di Loreto met a couple of kindred spirits, drummer Philippe Lemm and bassist Jeff Koch. They found they enjoyed playing together. Last year, they toured Europe three times, with dates in Spain, Belgium and Lithuania. In 2013, they completed a four-month residency at a music school in India. Their first album will be released this summer.

“Mostly, we play my original music and focus on ‘re-imagining’ jazz standards through our musical chemistry and trust of each other,” Di Loreto explained. “It ends up to be sort of like a combination of jazz, classical music, and progressive rock – all the music we love most. We have played together so much that we have a deep level of trust when improvising together, and we can take chances and keep the music fresh and exciting and take the tune beyond the confines of the form, while still maintaining a very high level of musicianship and jazz spirit. So we might play standards, but not necessarily in the way they’ve been done for many years, but still referring to that tradition.

“Bottom line, we’ve always sought to reach an audience beyond just the jazz realm, and hopefully someone who may not necessarily be a jazz fan would still be captivated by how we play.”

Catch up with Di Loreto and his trio when they play a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Ciminelli Recital Hall at Rockwell Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State College. A reception will follow. Call Rockwell Hall, 878-3005.

email: mkunz@buffnews.com

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