Jody Espina… Saxophones – Woodwinds
Rob Henke… Trumpet – Brass
Rolf Sturm… Guitar – Rhythm Section
TRICYCLE’s “special line-up” has less to do with the instruments and more to do with the instrumentalists. TRICYCLE is comprised of three masterful improvising musicians who have performed together for decades. They have built a common language, a trust, and a sense of humor that enables them to take big risks with their music. The resulting 3 way conversation transforms the typical jazz standard into a living, breathing organism within which anything can happen at any moment. This type of vitality in the music requires that all ensemble members must be ready to take on any roll at any time. The level of musicianship, the breakdown of typical instrumental roles, and the communication that happens on stage are really what TRICYCLE’s “special line-up” is all about.
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 and 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.”
“[Rolf Sturm is]…one of the best solo acoustic and electric guitarists in the business, an in-demand sideman, comfortable in almost any style, and much admired by established artists of all genres.”
RICK DANDES (The Daily Item)
“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.”
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Just A Closer Walk With Thee
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, Billy Martin, Bob Mintzer, Illuminati, Eddy Arnold, Dave Douglas, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Ethan Iverson, and others. He leads his own bands Feed The Meter and Just Cause, 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 Considered and All Songs Considered.
Trumpeter Rob Henke records, works, and tours with many New york City bands including Dr. Nerve, Gary Lucasí Fast and Bulbous, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Diane Moserís Composerís Big Band, Illuminati, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, and many others. He has recorded numerous CDís as a leader on Cuneform and M-cons East record labels.