BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.
Brad Wagner's Birthday Bash
March 12 from 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Pulse Quartet features Aidan Plank on bass, Anthony Fuoco on piano, Dustin May on drums, and Brad Wagner on Sax. The band will be performing a live streamed concert from the BOP STOP stage to celebrate Brad's birthday! To access the stream please visit BOP STOP's Facebook page at 8pm on March 12th. Accessing the stream is free but donations are encouraged and can be made here: https://givebutter.com/PulseBand
Pulse quartet focuses on playing new music with a classic approach of openness and spontaneity. Drawing on diverse influences and the collective experience of the musicians, the music created aims to be uniquely new and grounded in the tradition of the great jazz quartets of the past.
More About Pulse:
Aidan Plank: A native of Oberlin, Ohio, bassist Aidan Plank enjoys performing a diverse range of music throughout Northern Ohio. He studied with bassist and composer David Morgan as well as with Kevin Switalski of the Cleveland Orchestra. Aidan is a graduate of Cleveland State University. Aidan has performed with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Joe Maneri, Janis Siegel, Frankie Avalon, Tierney Sutton, and many others. Aidan played baroque bass in the premier of Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l’Amour (composed in 1743) in 2002 at Oberlin College as well as in the world premier of Randall Woolf and Robin Stranahan’s ‘pop-up’ opera Frozen Community, produced by Real Time Opera in 2013. Along with enjoying playing in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Aidan can currently be seen performing explorations of improvisation in duo with guitarist Daniel Lippel. Aidan teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University, as well as at Cuyahoga Community College’s “Jazz Prep Program”. - http://aidanplank.com/
Brad Wagner is from Akron, Ohio, and has a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Brad has studied with Rick VanMatre, Brad Goode, Phil DeGreg, John Von Ohlen, Marc Fields, and others. Brad Wagner has been a member of many jazz groups including: Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Moustache Yourself, The Hendectet Jazz Collective, The ABC Trio, Pulse, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Black Dog Octet, The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Sam Blakeslee’s Large Group, and can be seen playing in other jazz groups, pit orchestras, latin, and pop music groups around North East Ohio. Brad plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone saxophones, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and also works as a composer and arranger.
Anthony Fuoco was appointed faculty at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in 2005 and has since taught harmony,solfège, keyboard musicianship, piano literature, pedagogy and applied piano. In addition to serving on the BW faculty he has also taught at Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College. He frequently performs as a jazz pianist in large and small ensembles throughout the Cleveland area and also collaborates with his wife performing the four-hand and two-piano classical repertoire. He earned a Master of Music at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he was the recipient of the 21st Century Piano Commission competition. Prior to this, he received a Bachelor of Music at SUNY Potsdam in piano.
Dustin May earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from YSU in 2012 and is currently an adjunct jazz faculty member at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, has taught applied percussion at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music and is a freelance musician in Northeast Ohio. Originally from Westerville, Ohio, Dustin had the privilege of studying drum set with Jim Curlis and Jim Rupp. Dustin’s active freelance career has allowed him to play with many great artists such as Teddy Pantelas, Jeff Grubbs, Wilbur Krebs, Ernie Riggins, Pat Crossley, Frank Cunimondo, Kip Reed, Bobby Selvaggio, Ashley Summers, Tom Scott, Brad Wagner, Chris Anderson, Tony Spicer, Theron Brown, Sam Blakeslee, Chris Coles, Dave Morgan, Aidan Plank and many more. Dustin can be heard on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s Forms of Things Unknown, the Youngstown Jazz Collective’s Absent Dreamers, Bobby Selvaggio's Quantum Man and Sam Blakeslee's Large Ensemble Live at Blu Jazz.