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The Danny Petroni Blue Project
Our new CD Release: October 27, 2013
The Blue Project
The Blue Project, “the Sound of Asbury Park” with a blue stormy undercurrent.
“The Danny Petroni Blue Project” featuring Ku-umba Frank Lacy record (CD) has been a labor of Love.
Super storm Sandy had just devastated the Jersey shore; towns in and around Tom Rivers and inland towns like Sayreville were heavily damaged.
Many musicians and music related business were down. Gigs cancelled, venues damaged, all music productions stopped in the immediate area.
With in a few weeks The “Danny Petroni Blue Project” was born.
If I could create a blues record, with original songs that I had been writing, employ local Musicians and use local Music Production impacted by Sandy… that would be something.
I contacted Frank Lacy, Gene Boccia, Gary Oleyar, Dave Halpern and John Allen and the rest is history.
It has been a year since “The Blue Project” started and Sandy left us. The record is now finished and in the final manufacturing stage.
Now on iTunes
“It has a country/jaz chill out feel to it maybe a little gospel thrown in there too. Great soulful vocals, superb tones It reminds me of Otis redding but it has a more modern edge. With the trend of skinny jeans and roughed up shoes.” Reverbnation
“Classic rock opus from a set of old school musicians out of the BSW or Chicago mold. A touch of Zappa is included as well with the R&B style singer. Actually there are great horn charts, pro rhythm ensemble plus lots of ‘stunt ‘ guitar taking dives & spins a la Vai or Frank himself.” Reverbnation
Notes to Editors
1. Available for interviews by phone/Skype’s/Internet
2. Contact information.
3. Danny Petroni Cell-732.762.8686
5. EPK: http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/dpsjazz
6. Webpage : http://www.reverbnation.com/dpsjazz
Ku-umba Frank Lacy : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lacy
Danny Petroni : http://www.michele-andree-unblugged.com/dan-petronis-about-jazzblues-rock
Is an ongoing collective of talented musicians and visionary who perform original and standard blues/jazz/rock compositions.
Danny Petroni (dp) Guitar/Vocals
Frank Lacy on Trombone/Vocals
Dave Harpern on Drums
Gene Boccia on Bass
Gary Oleyar on Violin
and special guest, you never know what world class musician, artist will show up.
DP, aka Danny A Petroni (b. 1956, Trenton, New Jersey), is an American composer-songwriter of Jazz, Blues, and Rock, as well as an accomplished guitarist in all of these styles. He has performed with the the jazz musicians Steve Nelson, James Spaulding, Johnny Griffen, Frank Lacy, Luther Thomas, and Tony Scott.
Danny’s father was born in Ravigo, Italy and his maternal grandfather was born in L’Aquila, Italy. He attended Trenton High School where Jazz organist/arranger Tom Passarella and alto saxophonist Tom Grice were his teachers. Bassist Reggie Workmen, trumpeter Clark Terry and an assortment of world class jazz musician would come to the Trenton school to teach and conduct Jazz workshops.
Starting guitar at age 13, he studied under master teacher Dennis Sandole of Philadelphia. From 1974 to 1977, Danny attended Rutgers University’s Livingston College Jazz Studies program under a Pee Wee Russell scholarship.
After graduation, Danny studied at the American School for Music in Vienna, Austria from 1977 to 1978 and then spent several years in Italy. In Rome, Danny start working with the great clarinetist Tony Scott. In Italy he also performed with alto saxophonist Luther Thomas.
Returning to the States in 1982, he joined the Luther Thomas Dizzazz Band, recording an album for Moers Records (Germany), “Luther Thomas Dizzazz.” After completion of the recording, Danny toured Europe with the Band. In 1984, DP and the Grey’s recorded an album on Greyboy Records entitled, “If You Really Love Me, You Will Kill Yourself,” featuring the trombone and arrangements of Frank Lacy, as well as Frank Lowe on tenor sax.
Presently residing in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Danny has formed the Danny Petroni Sound Project, which includes the dp Jazz Nontet and dp & The Precision Blues Band. He is working on a variety of other musical projects.
Ku-umba Frank Lacy (b. 1959, Houston, Texas) is an American jazz trombonist.
Lacy’s father was a teacher who had played guitar with Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and Arnett Cobb; his mother sang gospel music. He played piano from age eight, and played trumpet, euphonium, and tuba before settling on trombone at age 16. He took a bachelor’s degree in physics before studying music at the Berklee College of Music, where he played with Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, and Marvin Smith. Following this Lacy worked with Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bobby Watson, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, and Lester Bowie. He also played in the Mingus Big Band and served as musical director for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
Violin: Gary Oleyar
Gary Oleyar has been playing the violin, guitar, mandolin, dobro and banjo professionally for over 30 years. Most recently, Gary toured with Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina. He has played violin with Messina since 1995 and is featured on some of his records. He has also been playing with Kenny Loggins. Gary has performed in many Broadway shows including Evita, Almost Heaven, Best Little Whorehouse, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Big River and Woman of the Year. He has also appeared on the Bob Seger “Face The Fire” tour and regularly contributes the music for the Weather Channel. As a studio musician in Nashville, Gary recorded with talented artists such as Marty Stuart, Paul Leim, Eddie Bayers and Bruce Bouton. Gary was a member of two bands that were on Warner Brothers records. Gary has made TV appearances with Eddie Raven, Pam Tillis, The Lynns (Loretta’s twins), Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Chesney, Billy Burnette (of Fleetwood Mac) and Mick Fleetwood‘s Zoo. Gary worked in Back Roads in the 1980s playing fiddle and bass. Currently, Gary is currently working on some of his own recordings.
Bass: Gene Boccia
AP best local Pro musician are known to joint the band and kick it.