Dave Fries

A Taste of Jazz Host

Bio Info
Born: Cincinnati, Ohio
Type of show: Middle-of-the-road modern and contemporary jazz.
Years living on the Space Coast: 17
Early music influence: Wolf Man Jack
Favorite artists: Lee Konitz, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Chet Baker

Podcasts
7:08 am
Sat November 8, 2014

American Jazz Piano Competition - Interviews and Performances

American Jazz Piano Competition finalists from left to right: Addison Frei, Grant Richards, Gil Scott Chapman, Emmet Cohen and David Meder

On November 1st and 2nd, the nation's top ten young jazz pianists competed for over $10,000.00 in prizes in Gleason Performing Arts Center on the Florida Tech campus in the first EVER American Jazz Pianist Competition.  Here are interviews and performances from the 5 finalists.

Gill Scott Chapman, 24, NJ - “ Being involved with the AJPC will help to accelerate my musical career, while also helping me to achieve some of the lofty goals I have set for myself in the process.”

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Events
3:17 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

A Taste of Jazz To Air In-Depth Interview, Performance With Jeremy Siskind, Oct. 20

This Monday, October 20, at 7 p.m., Dave Fries will present an in-depth interview with Jeremy Siskind on A Taste of Jazz. Siskind is winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Competition, a second-place finisher in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, a two-time finalist for the American Pianist Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship, and a two-time time second-place finisher at the Phillips Jazz Competition.      

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Station Announcement
11:45 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Maddy Winer On A Taste Of Jazz

 Singer/songwriter Maddy Winer will join me next Monday on A Taste of Jazz. Winer toured as a headliner in the stage show “North Carolina Is My Home,” written by and starring Loonix McGlohon and Charles Kuralt, which NPR aired as a television special.

Performing contemporary selections from the Great American Songbook she has become known for her effortless interpretation of jazz styling and has developed a loyal following.

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Music
1:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Dave Fries' Jazz Pick- Bill McBirnie Trio

Consummate Canadian jazz and Latin flutist Bill McBirnie has released a new album (his sixth) which departs, in a significant way, from all three of his previously acclaimed acoustic jazz projects (Mercy with Robi Botos; Paco Paco with Bernie Senensky; and Nature Boy with Mark Eisenman). On Find Your Place, Bill has placed the flute in a very unlikely setting—as part of an organ trio!

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Music
12:16 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Dave Fries' Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way

Dave Fries of A Taste of Jazz's favorite albums of 2013, listed in no particular order: 

  • Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way

Dave Bennett shows that his skills and interests go far beyond that of channeling any of his stylistic predecessors like Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Artie Shaw, et al. Once a member of the original Hot Club Detroit, Bennett stays within the mainstream repertoire, covering several go Goodman’s most famous records. This album blazes its own path with Dave’s clarinet skills while still paying tribute to his mentors.

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