This CD is STILL hitting the radio waves after being released back in 1999. 90.5 FM in Sydney did a tribute to our jazz label on "Jazz across the World" in July 2004 featuring the LOST and UP ALL NIGHT cd's.
GARY FARR: Originally a native of South Florida, a pianist and composer made a successful debut at the Mojazz Cafe in Miami Beach, Florida the summer of 95,' Since then he has performed for several music and art festivals. The CD was released on May 1, 1999 and performed live at the famous Sunfest in Palm Beach, Florida. The CD is available HERE & NOW! 'Lost' has received radio play in the states, Europe, Russia and if you ever tune into the Weather Channel, you will here this stuff during your 'local on the 8's'!
Gary as a composer and musician has written, recorded and scored music for film, TV and the mulitmeida. Being a native of South Florida and inspired by warm waters and beautiful sunrises, he composed and orchestrated "The Sun Symphony" in 1997, a project Gary was working on for a number of years. His musical training started from private piano lessons to 4 years of college (Miami-Dade, Barry College and University of South Florida). He claims that most of his musical education was 'on the gigs', something you can't get in school.
He majored in contemporary and avant-garde composition at the University of South Florida. As a 'master of the keys' musician, he worked his way through college playing in local bands and backing up singers and shows. While attending Barry College in Miami & later at the University of South Florida in Tampa, he formed a group called 'The Tampa Jazz Quintet,' Ever since then, jazz has permanently been in his soul. Jazz great, Oscar Peterson has been Gary's main influence through the years as well as Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and Chick Corea.
In 1999, Gary co-produced a classical CD (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) for Florida Philharmonic flutist, Jeanne Tarrant. He has finished three more music projects to be released in 2002, a new jazz baby 'Fresh Brew, fusing jazz with contemporary rhythms, 'To Be Free', a creatively inspired follow up of 'The Gentle Awakening' and has produced his son, singer/songwriter Matt Farr, a pop/alternative CD titled 'Shift,' Gary finished a 'romantic piano' CD for Kool Kat Music publisher & distributor for TV/film and multimedia placement. His latest jazz effort was recording on and producing Ron FAttorusso's "Up All Night" which is receiving rave reviews.
Know as the new smooth jazz saxophonist recording artist (Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Flute), Ron Fattorusso, as played and recorded with several international artist as a soloist and with Big Bands. You can hear Ron stretch his abilities on this CD. Ron has his own solo CD hot on the smooth jazz charts, 'Up All Night'. He has been working with Gary since 1989.
Drummer Craig Pichanick recorded over half the session on 'LOST' and played with Gary at the Sunfest CD debut release. His work experience ranges from drum clinics for Yamaha, Evans & Zildjan to working with notable musicians such as Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin & Jon Secada. He has an extensive discography with various artists. Craig trained with the likes of Joel Rosenblatt (with Spyro Gyra), Marvin 'Smitty' Smith (with The Tonight Show) & Ricky Sebastian (with Herbie Mann).
Guitarist Mitch Farber, as played and recorded with several bands from New York to Philadelphia (his hometown) to Atlantic City to Florida. Mitch resides in Coral Gables, Florida, teaches private guitar at Miami-Dade Community College and is called for studio sessions. In 1996, he recorded on the album for the reggae band, 'Inner Circle and in 2004 toured with Nestor Torres in Japan. He also plays with The Hot Brass Monkey Band and Samantha Farr & Secret Formula.
Drummer Stan Baron, a student of Berkeley school of Music, spent many years as a studio musician in Nashville. A resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Stan worked in Las Vegas, Denver and Florida. He's been with the band, Samantha Farr & Secret Formula since 1989.
Bass player, Juan Natividad, originally from Barcelona, Spain has been with Gary since 1983. Juan started out playing trumpet in Spain listening to Mile Davis and several other American jazz artists. He played the trumpet on several cruise ships before coming to America were he picked up the bass. He's been a resident of Hollywood, Florida since 1976 working with local jazz, Latin and pop bands. With Gary's band, Juan primarily plays bass, however he is featured on trumpet on a few songs. Quoting Gary, "Miles lives!"
Singer and co-writer, Samantha Farr is featured on two cuts on the CD. Her warm and melodic voice has kept audiences in awe for many years in the South Florida area. Originally from London, Samantha performed as a cabaret artist touring Europe before coming to the states. She has performed at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City and currently fronts her own band in Florida.