"Frank Southecorvo grew up in Massachusetts where he studied saxophone with Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Faucher. Frank has lived in Asheville, NC since 1987. He plays with a number of jazz and commercial groups. He has been a featured player and composer at a number of concerts in the Asheville area including: Jazz Composers Forum, Asheville Jazz Society, Bele Chere, UNCA Concerts on the Quad, Jazz at Morgan Sqare."
Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies, has performed with guitarist Kenny Burrell, saxophonist Bobby Watson, organist Jimmy McGriff and many others. Goins has experience in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta, conducting jazz ensembles and teaching guitar at Morehouse College, Emory University, and Kennesaw State University. Goins authored the award-winning book, A Biography Of Charlie Christian (2005), The Jazz Band Director’s Handbook (2003), and Emotional Response to Music: Pat Metheny’s Secret Story (2001) [Edwin Mellen Press.] In 2006 Goins published The Wise Improvisor, a college textbook on jazz improvisation. Goins founded Little Apple Records, his own record label, and released West Coast Swing, Standard Fare, Smokin’ at The Oak Bar, Bluesin’ With The B3, Home…Cookin!, and Chronicles of Carmela, released in early 2011. Goins writes for Jazz Ambassador and Jazz Inside magazine, where he has written extensive articles. Goins’ fifth book, That’s All Right: The Jimmy Rogers Story will be published by University of Illinois Press.
"I’ve been reviewing jazz for two decades and listening for more than four. During this time I’ve probably heard it in every incarnation: mainstream, third stream, and slipstream; hot and cool; free, Latin, world, and fused with everything from Chopin to hip-hop. But I’ve never encountered jazz with such strong spiritual intent. The closest was the urgent questing of saxophone legend John Coltrane -- not surprisingly, one of Richard’s major influences -- although Sky Jazz inspires a much sunnier and more serene kind of reflection." - Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Bill Gerhardt will present a set of original music @ 9pm accompanied by Mike Holstein on bass, and Justin Watt on drums.
“The most outstanding thing about Cotangent is the sense of selflessness with which everyone in the group plays. There is one unified goal: to serve the music. An amazing band. This music NEEDS to be heard!”
-Joe Locke, New York City