February 24th, 2020 11pm Stage 1
Scott Chasolen Trio feat. Josh Dion & Brian Killeen
Scott Chasolen is a native of northern NJ, and accidentally began playing the piano by ear at twelve years old. By the time he was sixteen he was already performing in clubs in New York City and studying jazz. With a passion for improvising and composition, he later attended and graduated from New School University in Manhattan while maintaining a hectic lifestyle of creating, touring and recording with the successful instrumental group ulu.
For nearly a decade he traveled the countryside from coast to coast and every point in-between, clearly marking his own place within the jam circuit, not to mention developing a stage presence that can reach the nosebleed seats in any stadium! The use of vintage keyboards such as the Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, Hohner clavinet and Moog synthesizer have helped to shape his distinctive sound live and on all four ulu albums – “ulu” (1998), “Live at the Wetlands” (2000), “What’s the Deal” (2001), and “Nerve” (2003). Along the way Scott has shared the stage with John Scofield, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, Mickey Hart and De La Soul to name a few.
In his downtime, Scott has also honed a fine craft of songwriting, using an interesting blend of folk, rock and jazz elements along with introspective lyrics and his own heartfelt vocals. He reveals these abilities on his debut album, "Solitude Speaks" (2003). Further exploration continues on a collaboration with Katy Pfaffl titled “Woven” (2005). The highly electric “Magnify” (2007), engineered and produced by Rob Harari, was a step in a new pop-flavored direction. Scott’s latest recording, “Fracture” (2010), showcases the simplicity and strength of his current group – the Scott Chasolen Trio (SC3). The album delivers a sparkling collection of 12 new songs driven by the warmth and power of Chasolen’s vocals, and a healthy balance of acoustic piano and analog keyboards. From the rocking edge of “Novocaine” through the sexy groove of “There She Goes Again” to the gospel passion of “Don’t Give Up”, the album takes the listener on a journey of diverse influences and styles, while staying true to Scott’s signature sound.
In addition to his SC3 project, Scott is currently a member of the esteemed Pink Floyd Tribute band, The Machine, where he has continued his touring lifestyle and passion for analog keyboards. In 2008 he was officially endorsed by Moog, and has had the opportunity to play his beloved Mini-Moog Voyager in front of thousands of fans in theatres across America, Europe, and Asia.
The SC3 can be heard playing music from all of Scott’s mentioned recordings in and around New York City at the Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and the Bitter End.
Along the way, Scott has performed and recorded with countless acts in the New York City area including The Machine, Stratospheerius, Illuminati, Katy Pfaffl Band, The Chesterfields, Topaz, Zen Tricksters, Robert Matarazzo, Suit of Lights, Michelle Citrin, Splintered Sunlight, Liam Goodwin and the Ramble, Waves of Life, Chris Berry and Panjea, Funk Monk, Tiberius, Alex Mitnick and the Kaleidescope Band and many small jazz ensembles...
“A fantastic pianist with a great voice, Chasolen writes beautiful songs that marry candid lyrics and bold compositions, paying homage to such luminaries as Ben Folds and Carole King while expressing his own distinct sound.” - Jezebel Music
"Keyboardist Scott Chasolen is a standout who commands an impressive repertoire of evocative synth voices, in addition to having the ability to get funky on Rhodes, organ, and clavinet."
“The talented Scott Chasolen delivers piano-driven jazz-tinged pop. –Starpolish