The quartet features Dave Painchaud on trumpet (often muted) & flugelhorn, accompanied by Kevin Lutke on guitar, Dave Edwards on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums and has been designed as a user-friendly, acoustic jazz quartet. The group's style ranges from the 30's through today with the intent of being unobtrusive while setting a mood of understated sophistication. If a change of pace is required, even mid-set, the musicians can adapt to whatever the client may have in mind as all the players are experienced, New York, jazz players with impeccable musical pedigrees.
The band's repetoire concentrates on jazz standards with the idea that they sound familiar enough to make the listener comfortable while still sounding fresh and new due to the musician's interpratations. The balance kept is that the music is appropriately modest to be in the background yet capable of grabbing and maintaining attention if the situation requires it. In short, the quartet can be whatever the client needs when they need it. This elasticity and ease to work with is a capability that the group takes great pride in. Needless to say, the members of the group love what they do and making their client's event a special one with great, legitimate jazz is both a passion and a pleasure for them.
Dave Painchaud’s popular music credits on trumpet and flugelhorn include work with The Temptations, performances and a recording credit on the CD “Coelacanth” with George Hrab and The Geologic Orchestra and opening for Elton John as a member of the Philadelphia Funk Authority. Dave was also a featured soloist in the horn section of New York based rock/blues band Urban Blue and received a recording credit on their CD “It’s Different Today”. Dave’s jazz groups have played throughout the New York metropolitan area at a number of clubs. One highlight was having the house gig at the old Village Gate and having the opportunity to open up for the likes of George Coleman and Jimmy Cobb, amongst others.
Kevin Lutke is a veteran of the New York jazz scene. Kevin's first recording 'The Road To Santa Ynez' received rave reviews and also featured jazz piano great Art Lande. On his second CD Fallenwood, Kevin showed his skills as both composer and soloist, along with featured performances by Blue Note recording artist Bill Charlap. Besides receiving two National Endowment grants, Kevin also received many excellent high profile reviews for his music- Jazz Times wrote: 'With a smooth chorusey tone and a fluid, seamless technique, guitarist Kevin Lutke packs his Fallenwood with accessible, illustrative melodies which never lack for inventive timing.'
Bassist Dave Edwards has performed in a wide variety of music styles and venues, from the White House to Texas prisons, from CBGB's to Birdland, from living rooms to large churches. Dave has performed with Sony Jazz recording artist Vivian Lord, Jazz vocalist Jeanie Bryson, Judy Bady, bassist Rufus Reid, Greg and Rebecca Sparks, Three Crosses, Glad, Mary Taylor, Wayne Scott Farley, the Trenton Symphony, the Wayne Chamber Orchestra, and has been heard on jazz 88, WBGO. His work as a composer/producer has now entered the cable television arena as theme music for 'Heartfelt', a homegoods show on QVC with host Valerie Parr-Hill. Dave can also be heard on national network T.V. playing upright and electric bass with Michael Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, and others, backing up the unmistakable voice of Joe Pesci in a couple of Cannon Copier jingles.
Hailing from Upstate New York, drummer Vinnie Sperrazza began working with the late pianist James Williams (accompanying him on a tour of Japan in 2000), while still a student in William Paterson University’s Jazz Studies Program. Through the auspices of Mr. Williams, he participated in numerous concerts and recording sessions featuring such artists as Richard Davis, Steve Wilson, Javon Jackson, and Bill Mobley. He remained associated with Mr. Williams until his passing in July of 2004. Upon completion of his studies at William Paterson, Vinnie moved to Brooklyn, to participate in the thriving New York City jazz scene where he is currently involved in several creative projects.