Jacob Wise, a jazz guitarist from Austin, Texas, has released his debut album entitled “Storms.” With nine original compositions, the album is a strong artistic statement. But it’s not simply a traditional jazz CD. Although the warm sound of Wise’s Gibson 335 comes from squarely within the modern mainstream style, the music features strong melodies and a wide range of influences, from the uptempo samba of “I-35”, to the Neil Young-style rock ballad “October”, to the moody Elvin Jones groove of “Storms”. With strong support by drummer Andy Beaudoin and upright bassist Aaron Allen, the music on “Storms” bears repeated listening.
A native of Austin, TX, where he absorbed the city’s blues and rock influences, Wise is currently a master’s student in jazz performance at the University of North Texas. As a member of the renowned One O’ Clock Lab Band, he has performed with guest artists including Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny’s keyboardist and longtime collaborator, as well as John Mosca, the leader of the Village Vanguard Orchestra. Wise’s guitar influences range from the hard-bop intensity of Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino, to the subtle harmonies of modern masters like Pat Metheny, Adam Rogers, and Lage Lund.
A native of Austin, Texas, guitarist Jacob Wise has performed with a wide variety of artists, including jazz artists Paul White, David Chenu, and Liz Morphis, the blues band 47 Indians, and jazz-influenced singer songwriters Jenifer Jackson and Sarah Sharp. He is currently working on a master’s degree in jazz performance at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. As a member of UNT’s renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, he has performed with Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny’s longtime collaborator and keyboardist, and John Mosca, the leader of the Village Vanguard Orchestra.
Aaron Allen is an acoustic bassist and composer from Austin, Texas. He has performed extensively in the Austin area as a sideman and leader. He has also performed at the David Lynch Festival in Fairfield Iowa, the 55 Bar in New York City, the One World Theatre in Austin, and on PBS. He performs regularly with notable Austin bandleaders such as Elias Haslinger, Dr. James Polk, Pamela Hart, Philippe Vieux, and Justin Vasquez. Other notable musicians he has performed with include Donovan, Moby, Carmen Bradford, and Shelley Carrol.
Along with leading his own ensembles, Andy Beaudoin performs with artists such as Brazos, Fared Shafinury, Erik Telford, and Time Out. His discography includes Tucker Rountree's Ideas with special guest Roscoe Beck, Brazos' Phosphorescent Blues, Erik Telford Collective's Live at the Hideout CD/DVD, and Time Out's On the One. Andy has toured internationally with Brazos, Fared Shafinury, and Tucker Rountree (opening for legendary guitarist Eric Johnson). Selected performances include an Austin City Limits Stage Left taping with Brazos, a Palace of Fine Arts concert in San Francisco with Fared Shafinury, and a Percussive Arts Society recital with the ensemble Trommel featuring Bob Becker (Nexus, Steve Reich Ensemble). Andy Beaudoin holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory and is endorsed by Ayotte Drums.