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

Ways To Connect

Lenore Raphael is a jazz pianist and educator heavily influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and George Shearing. On Monday, February 16, 2015 Lenore along with bassist Ron Pirtle and drummer Casey Dodd appeared in an intimate trio setting at the WFIT on-air studio with Taste of Jazz host Dave Fries for a 50 minute performance.

A Taste of Jazz welcomes critically acclaimed Lenore Raphael to the studio on Monday, February 16 at 7 p.m. Host Dave Fries will conduct a short interview which will be followed by a 45 minute set with Lenore and her trio.

Lenore Raphael has been described as one the most swinging mainstream pianists today. Having been influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Bill Evans, Lenore has combined those styles and created her very own recognizable sound.

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.”

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.      

 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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