In 2008, three veteran Colorado Springs music talents collided. The result is The Charlie Milo Trio (CM3), with a progressive jazz funk fusion approach to music that feels like a reinvention of itself with every performance.
Led by its namesake Charlie Milo, on bass, with Chris Combs on drums and Eric Blackmore on guitar, CM3 relies heavily on a classical jazz approach, overlaid with a dose of pure George Clinton-esque funk, broken/odd rhythm prog and rounded out by threads of traditional rock and folk/Americana. The blend is engaging, and pulls audiences into an ever changing musical adventure.
Bassist Charlie Milo studied classical jazz at the Colorado Springs Conservatory, and cut his musical chops with such local groups as Voodoo Blues Diner (blues/rock), which won KILO sponsored WAM (what art means) Battle of the Bands in 2005. He was a member of Fresh Day Trio, MMM, and Mock Turtle, which had a standing gig at Cedars Jazz Club, and then formed CM3. CM3 began as Charlie and ‘guest’ musicians, until he met Chris Combs when the two were both playing as sidemen for other groups. One improve session later, Chris officially joined CM3 as a permanent member.
Drummer Chris Combs got his first drum kit at the age of 8 and played his first professional gig at the age of 12. His training is heavy on concert and jazz performance, with an emphasis on folk and classical Americana. He has performed with, among other Colorado Springs groups James Germain, Loverleigh, Mike Stephens and The Foxhole Prayers, Nigle Bird Trio, Summer Winter Repeat, Tango Red Tapestry, Aria Tari, and Jake Loggins. With a third permanent spot available in CM3, Chris brought guitarist Eric Blackmore in.
Guitarist/Composer Eric Blackmore’s educational background includes an emphasis on music theory/composition and voice/ensemble performance. He studied with Alan Joseph, Frank Gambale and Paul Gilbert. His gigging credits include tours with No Justice and Hippie Yard Dawgs as well as numerous Colorado Springs club bands such as One Man Gone and Ginger's Hotter. He is strongly influenced by the sounds of such guitarists as Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix.
CM3 plays in numerous venues in Colorado, and were featured with singer/songwriter Jeremy Facknitz at the Showcase at Studio Bee, underwritten by radio station KRCC.
Bio written by Deb Courtney (2010)