Monday, October 15, 2012


On a cool fall Saturday evening, I decided to go to Chalkers to catch a good friend and trumpet player by the name of Brian Chahley.   A fellow graduate of both the Brubeck Institute and the New School of Music, Brian showed effectively through his performance how all that hard work is starting to pay off in great ways.
Brian Chahley fronts a quartet that consists of the great Nancy Walker on piano, and two fellow young lions Dan Fortin on the bass and Fabio Ragnelli on the drums.    Through the performance it was a mixture of tried, tested and true standards and original compositions played with such ease, poise and aplomb.
            Brian Chahley is a very creative, real trumpet player that doesn’t run out of ideas and conceptions.   He keeps building on his ideas while interacting with a rhythm section that is following and complimenting his every move and attack on the music.
            Not only he is a great trumpet player in the likes of Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, but the main showstopper for me was his vocal and scat take on “I Fall in Love Too Easily”.    It was a very creative, classy, and a smooth vocal reminiscent of Chet Baker and not to mention very sensual and sexy at the same time.     Enclosed at the end of this article is a video clip of what I witnessed during that showstopper performance.
            Again, it was a fine night of music from one of the big up and coming young talents on the trumpet and vocal scene. 


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