The Greg Spero Trio has received national acclaim for their synthesis of the melodic and harmonic ideas of jazz with the groove of R&B Hip/Hop, and the timbres of fusion and metal. The result is a virtuosic flurry of hot grooves, luscious lines, and soulful solos, all smashed in the face by a healthy brick of distortion. The Greg Spero Trio has been working on new innovative compositions to push modern jazz to a new plane.
Their recently released CD, "Live in 25", has gained wide acclaim with rock, hip-hop, fusion, and jazz audiences. Check out their local shows around Champaign/Urbana, or meet them at their performances in Chicago and New York City.
"If you're here to enjoy, dance, groove, and love, we will welcome you with open arms into our world of sound. We're here to have fun. We're here to play. We're here to rock. Hard."
Greg Spero has been studying piano independently for his life, and has studied jazz piano with world-renowned musicians including Chip Stephens, Joan Hickey, and Chip McNeal. He has written the music for several plays including the Chicago Feltre Theater’s performances of Ionesco’s “Exit the King” and two Tennessee Williams one-acts. He has composed music for films such as Joe Burgess’ “The Perfect Breakup”, and produces R&B/Hip-Hop for New-York singer Guia Cuyugan. His most recent recording on Frank Catalano’s Mighty Burner album debuted at #11 on the Jazz Billboard Charts, and after 20 weeks on the Billboards became a best-selling jazz album for 2006.
Greg began playing professionally at the age of 14 with a Chicago based blues group called "The Slack Daddies". Throughout his high school career he participated in and directed several musical ensembles, ranging from jazz to rock, spanning the gamut all the way to heavy metal. He then went on to study Jazz Piano and Composition at University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He currently performs with his self-titled Jazz-Fusion trio and other groups such as the Frank Catalano Quintet at such venues as the House of Blues Chicago, The Blue Note in New York, The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, Martyrs, Fitzgerald's, and Wise Fool's Pub, and performs with other musicians such as Harrison Bankhead, and Leon Joyce (of the Ramsey Lewis Trio), Frank Russell, Dede Sampio, and Robert Lee Irving III (the latter three of the Miles Davis ensembles). Greg’s influences range from Oscar Peterson to Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, to Stravinsky and Schoenberg. Greg draws influence from american-born jazz and Spanish flamenco rhythm, but finds great inspiration in the hardcore head-banging western electric distortion, along with the heavy-hitting groove-based hip-hop rhythms.
Live in 25 Artists:
- Jerald Gary (drums), Dan Wonsover (bass), Agent Mos (vocals), Andrew Schurman (sax)