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Cellist Bradley Mellen and his Quartet Return to Dick's Den

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by Mark Subel on February 7, 2012

This Thursday February 9th, Electric Cellist Bradley Mellen will bring his quartet to Dick’s Den. The group will perform an eclectic repertoire of obscure jazz gems, original compositions, and arrangements of pop music and film and video game soundtracks. Bradley is a talented bassist and cellist in his own right, performing with a wide variety of groups throughout Columbus including his own Quartet. Mellen received a master degree in jazz performance from Purchase College in New York studying with musicians such as Todd Coolman, Jon Faddis, and Hal Galper. Performing with Bradley is Lucas Holmes on keyboards, Roger Hines on bass and Ryan Jewell on drums.

Keyboardist Lucas Holmes has always been a shape-shifter. By the time he had graduated from high school, he had performed in every instrumental ensemble there, having played piano, violin, cello, string bass, electric bass, marching snare and tenor drums, hand bells, and even accordion and theater organ. Upon entering college, he found his passion for jazz and jazz-influenced music, after having received predominantly classical training. His adaptability and appetite for new styles combined with an intense work ethic quickly won him positions in many shows and local groups. The music he plays represents diverse and demanding styles, ranging from a jazz piano trio in the spirit of Bill Evans to R&B, funk, modern jazz, musical theater, and even video game music. Lucas thrives in the formal and informal performance settings, playing in Ohio State’s Weigel auditorium regularly with the top big band but also down the street at campus bars and hangouts.

Bassist Roger Hines needs no introduction. This legendary Columbus bass player is one of the most well-respected bassists in the country and certainly Columbus. Roger Hines, bassist, has logged many miles on the road during his thirty-year career as a musician. Hines toured as musical director for Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur from 1988 to 2004. He also teamed up with Ms. Schuur as artist in residence and educational clinician at many colleges and other educational venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. From 1980 – 1987 Roger toured and recorded exclusively as bassist for legendary singer Ray Charles.

Drummer Ryan Jewell is a musician, improviser and sound artist living in Columbus, Ohio. He studied percussion and electronic composition techniques at Capital University, drum set with Susie Ibarra and tabla with Dr. Lowell Lybarger. Jewell has toured extensively as a soloist in Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia and has performed at a number of international festivals including the SOWIESO 1 and Les Sciences Bruitistes festivals in Paris, France; the International Noise Conference in Miami, FL; and, the Kraak Festival in Brussels. He has taught privately for over a decade and has been invited as a guest artist at Oberlin Conservatory, Columbus State in Ohio and Queensland University in Australia. From the age of fourteen Jewell has played and recorded professionally with independent rock and punk bands, jazz musicians and songwriters. More recently, Jewell has had the honor to perform, collaborate and record with a diverse array of forward thinking artists such as Greg Kelley, Nate Wooley, Christine Sehnaoui, Bhob Rainey, Mike Shiflet, Vic Rawlings, Fossils, Rafael Toral, Wasteland Jazz Unit, Terribly Empty Pockets, Brett Burleson, Derek DiCenzo and Grammy winners Jay Demarcus and Jason Lehning.

Bradley Mellen Quartet
Dick’s Den
February 9th, 10pm
http://bradleymellen.com/

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