Devin Gray’s Socialytics, featuring Devin Gray, drums, compositions, Dave Ballou, trumpet, Ryan Ferreira, guitar Music & Dance Building, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Single tickets ($15) at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Devin Gray graduated from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with Gary Thomas and Michael Formanek. Upon graduation, he was selected to attend Banff Centre for the International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop (led by trumpeter Dave Douglas) for internationally emerging jazz musicians. In 2006, Gray moved to New York City and has been active as a leader and a sideman. Now 36, Gray’s has collaborated with Tony Malaby, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Burrell, George Garzone, Ellery Eskelin, Sam Rivers, Dave Liebman, Andrew D’Angelo, Bill McHenry and many others. Among his six releases as a leader are two by Dirigo Rataplan. Jerome Wilson called the latest, “a high-flying, breathtaking slice of up-to-the-minute jazz.” Other work includes the avant rock recording, Fashionable Pop Music with Ryan Ferreira, Jonathan Goldberger and Chris Tordini, and his Cloudsounds Trio with Ingrid Laubrock and Cory Smythe.
Trumpeter/Composer Dave Ballou can be heard from solo trumpet improvisations to large ensembles performing notated compositions. He has recorded as a leader for Steeplechase, CleanFeed and pfMentum, and has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Steely Dan, Woody Herman, Andrew Hill, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Sheila Jordan, Oliver Lake, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman and Maria Schneider. Ballou worked closely with the late Gunther Schuller performing as soloist on the definitive recording of Journey into Jazz with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He is Professor of Music at Towson University in Towson, MD where he leads the Jazz/Commercial Music program.
Guitarist ryan ferreira was born in santa rosa, california in 1980 – after graduating from Eastman he moved to NYC in 2003. he has played with ralph alessi, sam amidon, bill frisell, colin stetson, alarm will sound, chris morrisey, dan weiss, aaron parks, dave king, joachim badenhorst, ted poor, ACME, SO percussion and many others. he has been a regular part of tim berne’s bands for the last few years (the latest CHASM – trio with dave king) and has played / worked on over 40 recordings. recently he recorded for / with david torn (released on ECM), and appears on tim berne’s last two ‘snakeoil’ records – also released on ECM. in addition to performing ryan has been teaching for 25 years and recently was artist in residence at the university of washington from 2014-2017. he has taught lessons / masterclasses at eastman school of music, SIM, university of michigan, university of berkeley, university of washington, as well as high schools and community colleges throughout the US – he released his first solo record in 2011 and currently lives in brooklyn.