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The Hazelrigg Brothers
Based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the Hazelriggs have developed a unique harmonic approach to their Music and Sound.
Brothers George (piano) & Geoff - pronounced “Joff” - (bass), along with drummer John O’Reilly, Jr blend their multifaceted tastes and abilities in a way that’s exquisitely attuned, dynamically sensitive and sonically transparent. Sporting two albums to their credit, “Songs We Like” and ”EP” the trio triumphantly explores well know material which both embrace and expose the true essence of the tune, rather than merely ‘covering’ it.
The Hazelriggs were born and raised in Princeton, NJ. In addition to the instruments they took up, they credit their singing in Princeton’s Trinity Choir, directed by the world-renowned John Bertalot, as central to their musical education. From age 8 to 15 George studied organ and harpsichord at Westminster Choir College under Mark Brombaugh and Gavin Black; at 16 he studied jazz piano with Grammy-nominated composer Laurie Altman. He also attended New York’s Center for Media Arts and later Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under Garry Dial. Geoff studied bass with Reggie Washington (then of Steve Coleman and Five Elements) and went on to graduate from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, studying under bassist Gerald Veasley and pianist/composer Edward Simon.
After a period working with rock bands in New Jersey and Philly, the brothers moved to Washington, D.C. They spent years touring and producing: George with Maysa, Kim Waters and the Grainger Brothers as well as vocalist Slim Man; Geoff with Atlantic recording artist Tony C. and the Truth. Geoff also has the distinction of opening Bryan Ferry’s “As Time Goes By” tour on three hours’ notice when Ferry’s bass player got stuck in England.
The brothers produced and played on two albums for Baltimore trumpeter Jimmy Wilson and subsequently worked with Dennis Chambers, Chester Thompson and Gary Thomas. They also did production work for the Polish pop artists Beata Kozidrak and Irena Jarocka. For several years they recorded electro-acoustic music under the name Collective Acoustics (one track was featured at length in a Freakonomics podcast). Plans are afoot for a series of album-themed efforts to follow in the mold of Songs We Like, so stay tuned for more inspired and inventive trio music from the Hazelrigg Brothers.
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