This CD is meant to connect with a wide audience, ranging from devoted jazz fans to those who simply love hearing the classic standards. We have tried to include a sampling of repertoire that represents the diversity of the jazz language, with styles including swing, blues, Latin, and ballads. Particular influences found in these selections can be most notably attributed to Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Michel Camilo. Our objective was to take this set of established jazz standards and interpret them in a way unique to us. We wanted to create a distinct feel for each piece, giving every selection a character of its own. We hope your listening experience is pleasurable.
Daniel Joiner is a graduate student at the University of South Florida who actively performs in the Tampa Bay area. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies while also working as a graduate assistant. He began studying jazz and classical piano under Harold Blanchard while attending high school in DeLand Florida. He continued to study classical piano with Dr. Michael Rickman at Stetson University, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. While at Stetson, he received several awards, including first prize in the Wednesday Music Club Competition, the Peggy Cassel Scholarship Award, and runner up in the Stetson University Concerto Competition. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, he served as the Director of Music for Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church in Port Orange. In addition to his involvement in music ministry, he accompanied several music students at Stetson and performed extensively with his jazz trio. 2007 marked the completion of his CD entitled “The Daniel Joiner Trio: A Different Standard.” In the Spring of the same year, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Stetson University, teaching aural training and functional keyboard. Joiner’s piano style has been greatly inspired by jazz pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Fats Waller, Michel Camillo, and Errol Garner as well as classical composers. As a professional musician, he is focused on making connections between a variety of styles including classical, jazz, Latin, blues, and gospel. He currently performs with the USF Jazz Ensembles, plays with his trio every Wednesday at Harry’s of Citrus Park, and occasionally solos at Mitchell’s Fish Market as well as private events.
Scott Queen is also a recent Stetson graduate, having studied electric bass with internationally renowned bassist David LaRue. Queen began his musical endeavors on the guitar, studying the musical styles of great guitarists Joe Pass and George Benson, but shifted his focus to the electric bass in college. The musicians he considers most influential to his bass playing are David LaRue, Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Paul McCartney, and Jaco Pastorius. Queen is a versatile, well-trained, and inventive musician who finds great enjoyment in the stylistic nuances of jazz, funk, and classic rock.
Billy Dean began playing drums at a very early age. From middle school onward, he has been heavily involved in marching percussion, having marched with Drum and Bugle Corps such as Magic of Orlando and Spirit of Atlanta. Dean studied drum set with Doug Beard in high school, and studied for two years at Stetson University. His primary influences are Billy Cobham, John Bonham, Jack DeJohnette, Tony Williams, and Elvin Jones. Although jazz is a relatively new style for Dean, he approaches it with great versatility and technical facility, blending its boundary lines with many elements from funk, blues, jazz, rock, and Latin music. Dean, in the true nature of an artist, cannot be categorized by any genre, but endeavors to create a unique style by making connections from all avenues of drum playing.
Bob DeGaetano (alto sax on track 5) grew up in New York and has been playing saxophone most of his life. He began playing and loving jazz at an early age. As he developed his improvisational skills through the years, his saxophone playing “role models” were and remain Phil Woods and Michael Brecker among others. He has played and performed extensively in the big band setting, quite often sitting in the lead alto chair. He also spent a few years in the military band. Once leaving the military he began studying the classical guitar, an instrument he had been also very interested in earlier in life. He eventually began pursuing a degree in classical guitar at Stetson University, studying with world-renowned guitarist Stephen Robinson. While attending Stetson, he continued playing sax in the Stetson Jazz Ensemble and also met his wife, Deborah, herself pursuing a degree in flute performance. Deborah and Bob began collaborating together musically with flute and guitar and developed a large repertoire of classical and jazz music. They have been freelancing with that duo for all of the 19 years they have been together. Bob freelances on sax and is honored to appear on this recording with the Daniel Joiner Trio.
Melanie E. Hannans (vocals on track 8), a native of Daytona Beach, Florida was born into a musical family. She has been submerged in music with her parents and siblings, who sing and play a variety of instruments. The family often sang together at home or as they commuted to church. Melanie began singing in the choir at her dad’s church at the age of ten. She began to sing solos at the age of sixteen. It was at that point that a whole new world opened up to her. She began singing in talent shows, private parties, fund-raisers, church plays and at school. She continued to sing during her years in college with various bands, taking every opportunity to learn and grow vocally. She studied voice in college to increase her range. She then began to attend jam sessions at various nightclubs. During these years church choirs remained the greatest training grounds for developing confidence and style. Though her gospel roots have strongly influenced her style, Melanie cannot be characterized in one particular genre. She is an extremely versatile artist, with an amazing talent to adapt to any musical style. She feels that she should be as universal as music. Melanie currently fulfills her love of big band standards, blues, pop, rock, R&B, soul, country and jazz by singing with the Daniel Joiner Trio and the Lin Morris Variety Band.