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The Fringe, St. Markers Shine at Cutler Jazz Festival
The Fringe, St. Markers Shine at Cutler Jazz Festival

The music was outstanding at this year's Cutler Jazz Festival, featuring two St. Mark's Jazz Ensembles and the renowned Boston-based jazz trio The Fringe.

Under the leadership of SM Jazz Director Stephen Fell and Tucker Antell, Assistant Jazz Director at St. Mark's, the student ensembles took to the stage first in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall on Sunday evening April 8. Jazz Ensemble I played two pieces by Miles Davis—"So What" and "Freddie Freeloader"—both composed in 1959. Jazz Ensemble II followed with three showstoppers: "Dat Dere"—a 1961 composition by Bobby Timmons, Duke Ellington's 1941 classic "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)," and Miles Davis's "Four" from 1954.

Then The Fringe took the stage. Founded in 1972, the trio of jazz virtuosos consists of George Garzone (saxophone), Bob Gullotti (drums), and John Lockwood (bass). They regularly perform in the Boston area and have toured in Europe. They have released three albums together as The Frings, but between them, they have appeared on more than eighty different jazz recordings. All three teach at Boston's Berklee College of Music, and individually they have taught at some twenty different institutions.

The Fringe specializes in jazz improvisation, and they did not disappoint the enthusiastic audience of jazz aficionados at St. Mark's on Sunday night.

The St, Mark's Jazz Ensemble I features: Megan Miantsoko '21 and Bethany Batista '21 on trumpet; Tom Banse '20 on bass; and Nolan Willoughby '21 on alto saxopohone.

The St. Mark's Jazz Ensemble II features: Sophie Haugen '18 on piano; Matthew Walsh '19 and Henry Sansone '21 on trumpet; June Seong '19 on violin; Rick Sarkar '19 on trombone; Alan Zhu '19 on guitar; Leo Xie '19 on bass; Justin Biela '18 and Nick Bechard '19 on tenor saxophone; Truman Chamberlin '20 and Jack Griffi '20 on alto saxophone; and guest faculty artist David Lubick on baritone saxopohone.

Sophie Haugen '18 is President of the St. Mark's Jazz Band. Matt Walsh '19 and Rick Sarkar '19 are co-Vice Presidents.

An encore performance by the St. Mark's Jazz Ensembles was presented to the entire school community on Monday afternoon, April 9.

The Cutler Festival is presented in memory of Tim Cutler '89. "Tim initially became interested in music when taking a class at St. Mark's with former music teacher Jerry Bellows," according to former SM Music Director Tom Berryman. "From this point forward, Tim became an avid guitarist and songwriter." Also a strong athlete and outdoorsman, Tim Cutler went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning his bachelor's degree in 1994. He died in 1996 in a car accident. Today, the Cutler Jazz Festival continues in his memory, bringing great music and great opportunities for musical collaboration to the St. Mark's community.