TRICYCLE is an acoustic trio that explores the many different improvisational modes within the overall "Jazz" tradition. The members of Tricycle have performed hundreds of gigs together in various NYC bands. Together they have toured the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, the UK and they have appeared on over a dozen CDs together as in-demand sidemen. The high degree of empathy and communication displayed by Tricycle is no doubt the result of playing together in so many diverse situations. Tricycle is now performing in NYC and touring Europe to promote the trio's self-titled CD.
"Jody Espina's inventive saxophone playing... is reminiscent of Sonny Rollins, with a nice full tone, and a boxers mentality of searching for improvisational openings."
“(FOUR STARS) Sturm’s style encompasses elements of classical, American roots music and flamenco, and he mixes them so seamlessly and constantly that they become their own anagram. Regardless of his approach, each piece is suffused with tremendous energy and movement.”
- James Hale “Six String Magicians” DOWNBEAT Feb 2011
"When Rob Henke plays, you feel as though he were talking to you and the trumpet is just a tool to broaden the possibilities of the human voice."
Saxophonist Jody Espina is a multi-instrumentalist. He has performed with Patti Page, the Charlie Persip Superband, Mel Torme, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Illuminati, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Feed The Meter, and many others. He works as a regular substitute on Broadway and he frequently records for TV, films, and CDs. Jody is also the president of JodyJazz Saxophone and Clarinet Mouthpieces.
Guitarist Rolf Sturm has performed and/or recorded with Tony Trischka, Anthony Braxton, Billy Martin, Bob Mintzer, Illuminati, Eddy Arnold, Dave Douglas, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Ethan Iverson, and others. His latest solo recording was awarded 4 stars in DownBeat magazine and he has performed on soundtracks for film and television. He has released numerous CDs on the Water Street Music label and has had his music featured on NPR’s “All Things Considerd” and “All Songs Considered”.
Trumpeter Rob Henke records, works, and tours with many New york City bands including Dr. Nerve, Gary Lucas’ Fast and Bulbous, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band, Illuminati, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, and many others. He has recorded numerous CDs as a leader on Cuneform and M-cons East record labels.