Tini Martini Bar Performers Bio

Bob Fraioli

Bob Fraioli (originally from the East Coast where he studied music and received his Bachelor in Music Degree with a major in Performance) actually comes here from Los Angeles. He has appeared for various audiences from Southeast Asia to New York and Los Angeles. The list of quartets he has played in or formed is astounding and has been going on since he was 14, even then participating on the Ted Mack Amateur hour!!! In the Army, he wrote his own jazz television show weekly in the U.S. and served in Viet Nam as one of the dedicated pianists. Since then he has appeared in clubs all over the United States, wowing them with his style and technique. Currently residing here in Florida he is bringing a level of jazz that this area needs.

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Bob Fraioli and guest artists who sit in provide an opportunity for lovers of jazz to listen to a level of innovative music seldom found beyond the music centers of the West Coast, Chicago and New York City. Bob Fraioli is now captivating a growing audience of jazz enthusiasts in Florida. He presents his unique interpretations of the classic works of the jazz masters of the past and present, including Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Thelonius Monk. His influences being Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson, you don’t have to listen very long to him before that is evident.

Bob is currently doing the booking for the “Tini” Bar, so for all those interested he can be contacted at orchestr8@att.net He appears at the Tini Martini Bar every Thursday and encourages all those people who “play” to bring their instruments. (Please, no novices, learn your ax at home...only pros)

Recorded live by the Bob Fraioli Trio at the Tini Martini Bar, this song is called "Django"
(named after French jazz-guitar great Django Reinhardt)

Recorded by Bob Fraioli, a solo piano version of a song written
by Dave Brubeck called "
In Your Own Sweet Way"

Von Barlow

One of the finest ensemble players around, always taking sensitive stylistic cues from his fellow performers, engaging in sympathetic and interesting dialog with any ensemble in which he plays. His stick work is never studied or monotonous, but filled with thoughtful listening and original thinking. Capable of the artistic understatement necessary in a quiet restaurant, Von is equally famous for his fiery jazz drumming as well as his floor filling dance grooves. Truly he is a seasoned performer and a master of his craft.

As a top call drummer in the southeast for the last ten years, Von has never been accused of being inexperienced as his resume reads like a veritable who’s who in jazz and pop music. Mose Allison, O.C. Smith, Lou Rawls, The Ray Charles Trio, Arthur Prysock, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Bunky Green, Roy Ayers, Etta James , Buddy DeFranco , Ray Brown,Ira Sullivan, Pete Jolly, Bobby Bluebland, Joe Sample , Barney Kessel, Buster Williams, Longineu Parsons, Ben Tucker, Marcus Roberts, Harry Connick Jr, Della Reese, Jack Wilson, are just some of the names Von has performed and recorded with.

Von has also been the house drummer for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival for several years and has played in the festival’s Great American Piano Competition rhythm section four times, including the first year when Marcus Roberts and Harry Connick Jr. were a part, ( Marcus won, but look how far Harry has come) Von played with the late great O.C. Smith at the famous Woodstock Festival of 1969, Montery Jazz Festival, Madison Square Garden, The Apollo, The Hollywood Bowl, The Coconut Grove and many articles including 1966, 1967 and 1968 Downbeat Magazine. For some years, he played with Ben Tucker and various renowned guest artists at Hannah’s in historic Savannah. He also performed frequently for the Hilton Head Jazz Society, and Von is seen a lot with Longineu Parsons Tribal Disorder (hard core off the chain music), Von, Lawrence Buckner ( bassist), Neal Faison (guitar), which makes up the foundation of the rhythm section, have been on many tours together, places like France, Spain and are working on a tour of Italy at the end of 2006.


Ray Callender

In 2003, after winning an audition amongst thousands of emerging jazz artists from all around the globe, Callender was selected by jazz legend Curtis Fuller as a "Jazz Star of Tomorrow." As a result, he performed in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. where he worked with esteemed artists including Fuller, Winard Harper, Carmen Lundy, Jimmy Owens, and John Clayton. He was also one of only four trumpeters nationwide selected to attend a summer residency at the Steans Institute Program for Jazz at Ravinia, where he had the opportunity to work with such venerable mentors as Dr. David Baker, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Danilo Perez, and Nathan Davis as well as perform with up and coming players like Aaron Parks, Kim Thompson, and Maurice Brown. In addition, he was recognized twice by Down Beat magazine for Best Collegiate Jazz Combo (2002-2003).

Callender has performed in concert with such artists as Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, James Moody, Antonio Hart, Benny Green, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Billy Childs, Pat Martino, Maurice Hines, Eddie Palmieri, Conrad Herwig, Dennis Mackrel, Percy Heath, Doug Carn, Steve Nelson, John Lee, Billy Kilson, Ignacio Berroa, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Bobby Shew, the Ritz Jazz Orchestra, the St. Johns River City Band, Bruce Paulson, and Bob Mintzer.

Groups featuring Callender have performed at such venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Vienne Jazz Festival, the Savannah Jazz Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room, Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase, the Velvet Lounge, the International Association of Jazz Educators conference, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Notre Dame Jazz Festival.


While this young man's primary influence on his horn is clearly Freddie Hubbard, there are also discernible stylistic resemblances to Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw, giving him a well rounded approach that is both spirited and intelligent.
— Russ Musto, All About Jazz

Callender's trumpet solo is especially impressive; a thematic solo that is the definition of spontaneous composition.
— John Kelman, All About Jazz

Ray Callender represents the cutting edge of trumpet playing.
— Bunky Green, alto saxophone legend

…trumpeter Ray Callender (obviously influenced by Freddie Hubbard), at one moment delivering urgent coiling lines of improvisation and at the next retreating to draw attention to a softened final note.
— Don Williamson, JazzReview Magazine

…brooding hard-bop led by Ray Callender’s supercool trumpet…
— Cadence Magazine


David Guidi

David Guidi is quickly garnering national attention for his contributions as a composer and performing jazz artist. He has been referred to as both a "Significant young artist, clearly committed to a long life of jazz" (Jazzreview.com) and as "Someone to watch carefully in the future" (Cadence Magazine). His compositions have received widespread acclaim, obtaining recognition in several major competitions including the 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Composition Awards, which he won for his big-band chart entitled Hike!!!.

David is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He has performed extensively across the country and around the world at several of the major European jazz festivals. He is a past student of world-renowned saxophonist Bunky Green and a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition. Performances by his groups and of his music remain well within the realm of the jazz idiom and are deeply-rooted in the blues and swing heritage of the music.

Barry Green

Barry Greene began playing guitar in 1971, at the age of ten years old. Strongly influenced by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson and Pat Martino, Barry has developed into a world-class guitarist, arranger and composer. He has recorded or performed with such artists as Tim Hagens, Danny Gottlieb, Gene Bertoncinni, Scott Wendholt, Kenny Drew Jr., Adam Nussbaum, Warren Berndhardt, Russell Malone, Ron Affif, and Colin Bailey. Barry has four CD’s out as a leader. “Sojourner”, "At Home", "Urban Jazz" and "In the Meantime"

Barry has several books published with Mel Bay Publications. He continues to endorse Thomastik-Infeld strings, Clarus amplifiers, Raezors Edge speaker cabinets, and Benedetto Guitars. He has performed at the Long Island Guitar Show held in New York, five times, and has been an instructor at the prestigious National Guitar Workshop held each summer in Connecticut for eight summers.

Barry is a Professor of Jazz Guitar at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he has been since 1995. He teaches a guitar ensemble, as well as applied guitar, jazz history, improvisation and a course on recording with Pro Tools.

"I've been enjoying the guitar as an instrument and its amazing artists all of my life. To me Barry Greene is just about one of the best; not only as a player, but also as a writer and a teacher. I agree with others who regard him as a world class musician.”

-Pat Martin

Scott Mariash - Drummer

A prominent drummer on the Chicago jazz scene, many great musicians often sought Scott out as their first choice for a drummer. This environment allowed Scott to develop his modern and engaging approach, and apply it to the variety of musical styles to which he was asked to perform. In 1999 he released his first compact disc, "BREATH" (recorded live to two track at C.E. Mikter Studios). It is available at CDbaby.com and features Vinson Johnson (reeds), Robert Applebaum (piano), and Michel Cristol (bass). By the time he left Chicago the "Scott Mariash Trio" was performing at various clubs and was the official group for the Chicago jazz club "Delaney & Murphy".

Scott is the son of prominent show business performers. With his gene pool it is no wonder that Scott has forged his own creative personality.

Cindy Pierson

Cindy comes to the North Florida area from the Detroit area where she appeared in theatre as Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," Dolly in "Hello Dolly," Luisa in "Nine" and other traditional roles. She and musician husband Jack worked clubs in the Detroit area before moving to Florida. Cindy has more than 300 tunes in her repertoire, from the swing era to contemporary. Her influences include Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Karen Carpenter, Julie London and Diana Krall. As an experienced theatre singer, she tells a story on every tune. She can be heard on www.jazzpiersonified.com.

Jack Pierson

Jack has had a varied career since receiving his Masters Degree in Music Composition from Ohio University where he was principal trumpet in Orchestra, Band and was arranger for the Marching Band. His early experience was with Cannonball Adderly, Neil Hefti, Les Elgart and even Blue Barron. After a stint in the Army, he spent 35 years in the classroom teaching high school and performing in the evening with top Detroit jazz musicians. His teaching also included Interlochen School For The Arts, Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp and head of Jazz Studies at Schoolcraft College. Jack was also Coordinator of the Henry Ford College Jazz Studies Program of Detroit and Monteux Switzerland which also included Donald Byrd, Bunky Green and Nathan Davis on the staff.
Jack's former students include Rick Margitza, Bob Hurst, Tim Ries, David Mann, Walter White, the Bissonette Brothers, Greg and Matt, and many other first call players in Detroit. Jack is a well respected pianist for his accompanying abilities and jazz improvisation. His Detroit area performances included both the Michigan Jazz Festival (which was dedicated to him in 2004) and the Detroit International Jazz Festival, both with his trio and quartet as well as with his College and High School Groups. He was music director for the Detroit Playboy Club and performed in the legendary "Bakers Keyboard Lounge" as well as the "Firefly Jazz Club" in Ann Arbor.

Debra Ryder

Debra Hammons Bailey Rider was born in St. Augustine, Florida. A "child of the sixties", she honed her vocal abilities with the rhythm and blues and Motown music on AM radio combined with influences from her native Kentucky bluegrass and gospel roots. She started singing in church and then at Fletcher High School at Neptune Beach, Florida. In the 80’s and 90’s she sang in pop-rock bands. From 1988 to 1992, Debra toured and sang backup vocals with the hall of fame southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. She has sung on many studio and jingle sessions for bands, TV and radio, and has been the voice of several robotics characters for Sally Industries. Debra sang Janis Joplin’s tunes for Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company, opened for Boots Randolph and Marcia Ball, sang with University of North Florida’s Jazz Ensembles I & II, and also was featured with the Nelson Riddle Big Band.

She won a merit award for songwriting from Unisong International, placed in the Savannah Music Festival’s American Traditions Competition twice, and performed at the Springing the Blues Festival, Jacksonville Beach, the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival, and the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Debra is honored to be part of Jacksonville Symphony sponsored "Body & Soul", a healing through music program; performing in area hospitals, retirement and rehab centers, as well as churches and schools. She received a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Florida’s prestigious jazz studies program in 2010. Debra performs with several area bands, including living legend guitarist, Calvin Newborn. She just released her second CD of original songs, "Soul Food 7".

Al Waters - Saxophonist

This saxophonist/flutist of Jacksonville, Florida began his musical education in the seventh grade. While attending junior high and high school, he played in the Marching, Symphonic Bands and many small ensembles. After high school, he attended Florida A&M University (FAMU), performed in the Symphonic Band and was a member of the “Marching 100”. During his junior year, he joined FAMU's Jazz Band and performed with major artists like Donald Byrd and "Patti LaBelle & the Bluebells." After earning an instrumental music degree, he moved to Richmond, Virginia, to accept a job as Band Director at Virginia Union University. After a three and a half year stint teaching, he decided to devote all his energies to becoming a full-time musician. During this period he performed in bands playing Dixieland, Big Band, Blues, Rock and Jazz. In addition to playing in clubs, private parties, local festivals and weddings, he also performed with the Richmond Symphony. Some of the artists he has opened for or accompanied include Milt Jackson, Frank Foster, Jackie Byard, Benny Carter, Ellis Marsalis, the Temptations, Rita Moreno, Florence Henderson and Barry Manilow.

In 1987, Al began to tour and made stops in the Caribbean and Hong Kong with "Panama Francis and the Savoy Sultans." In 1990, he became a member of the "Ray Charles Band and Show." His association with this organization lasted ten years. While touring with Mr. Charles he performed concerts in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. After touring with Ray Charles, he returned to Jacksonville, and began searching for a local band to join or form. Fortunately, he found the former and has performed with many of Jacksonville's finest artists and groups (Teddy Washington & The Point After, Doug Carn Quartet, KTG, The Bob Fraioli Quartet, First Coast Jazz Orchestra, Lawrence Buckner Quartet and YaGozo).

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