Sharp As Knife
Biography David Caldwell-Mason began playing the piano at the age of 5. He studied classical music almost exclusively until his mid teens, when he discovered jazz. From this point on, he began splitting his time between improvised music, composition, and classical music. Upon enrolling in Simon's Rock College of Bard, he joined Larry Lewis' (of the Ohio Players) "Solid Smoke," an R&B band that worked in Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga (NY). It was at this time that he was first exposed to the music of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. After receiving his Associate of Arts degree, David was interested in continuing his education near New York, so he enrolled in the jazz program at William Paterson University. It was there that he really began to blossom as a musician, and formed what would be some of his most important musical relationships. While at William Paterson, David studied under the tutelage of Armen Donelian. More recently, he has been taking lessons from Ari Hoenig. David has performed with Darren Barret, Mark Guilianna, Tyshawn Sorey, Juris Teppich, and Steve Turre. He has performed at Dillian's, the Greenwich Village Bistro, the Bitter End, and Galapagos in New York, the Speakeasy in Winston North Carolina, and Club Palm, Club Evans, and the Uiwang City Hall in South Korea. David is currently living in Brooklyn, where he leads a trio, and plays at Bethesda Baptist Church. Bassist Kellen Harrison is a native of California, now based in New York. He is a graduate of William Paterson, where he studied under Marcus McLaurine, Steve LaSpina, Armen Donelian, and Kevin Norton. He has been gaining recognition in the New York jazz scene for both his acoustic and electric playing. He has played at some of the best jazz venues on the west coast, including Pearl's in San Francisco, Tula's in Seattle, and gigs frequently at such New York venues as CBGB's, the Knitting Factory, Cecil's, Shanghai Jazz, Pourhouse, Kavehaz, the Dancing Goat, Ace of Clubs, and the Ohm Lounge in Syracuse. He has recently played with Bernard Purdie, Freddie Hendricks, Scott Reeves, and the Cecil's Big Band. Since moving from Seattle to New York in 2003, drummer Bryan Bisordi has thrived in a variety of musical situations from country blues to jazz and hip-hop. Current projects include Andy Friedman and the Other Failures, the Etan Haziza Trio, Jason Hogue's Vertigo Quartet, and the Matt Macaulay Band, with appearances at The Lion's Den, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Stone Pony, Pete's Candy Store, Trumpets, the 420 Bar, and the Parkside Lounge. In 2005 Bryan joined Othello and the Hipnotics for a tour of Japan, performing at The Blue Note in Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Shibuya Eggman in Tokyo. For booking information, please contact David Caldwell-Mason at: email@example.com.