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Donny Frauenhofer Trio at Thin Man Brewery
Friday, January 4 @ 10:00 pm - Saturday, January 5 @ 1:00 amFree
Join the #DF3 as they make their debut at Thin Man Brewery! Playing original jazz-funk fusion with a mix of covers from Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Weather Report, Roy Hargrove, among others. Groove all night and let those feet do their thing
FREE | 10pm – 1am | 2 sets
Donny Frauenhofer – piano/keyboards/originals/arrangements
James Benders – upright bass/electric bass
Joe Goretti – drumset
“The Donny Frauenhofer Trio is a musical chameleon that focuses on modern jazz funk, taking inspiration from the thick history of American music while looking forward. Frauenhofer is joined by James Benders on bass, a sought-after freelance musician from Buffalo, NY that has toured the world with jazz fusion band Gruvology, and Joe Goretti on drums, whose impressive resume includes performing and touring around the world with Moby, Ne-Yo, Robyn, AJR, Ingrid Michaelson, Sam Moore, and the Temptations; and has also performed on hit television programs such as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Dave Letterman, The Today Show, LIVE with Kelly & Michael, VH1 Big Morning Buzz, PBS Front Row Center, MTV Online Awards, and the iTunes Festival. Together, the three musicians, each considered top of their class in WNY, combine to form a sound that is dynamic, aggressive, confident, and above all else – grooves hard.”
“Donny Frauenhofer is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and educator from Buffalo, NY that has been making big waves both regionally as well as nationally in several genres since the start of his professional career. Dipping his toes into multiple scenes, Frauenhofer has become a recognizable name in the jam scene circuit as keyboardist/vocalist with nationally touring act Intrepid Travelers (dubbed “Improvisation Kings” by The Buffalo News Gusto) and their performances at festivals such as Summer Camp Music Festival, Night Lights Music Festival, Some Kind of Jam, Woodhenge Sustainability Festival, among others.
Regionally, Frauenhofer can be found performing all over New York State and beyond, playing in too many projects to count. Truly a rarity, Frauenhofer has shown the versatility as a pianist/keyboardist to perform as a sideman in both musically complex academic settings with classical and jazz vocalists, as well as being the first call for local and regional tribute projects such as Allman Brothers’ Band, Phish, Steely Dan, Grateful Dead, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Frank Zappa, Weather Report, James Brown, John Williams, as well as plenty more.
Endlessly in the pursuit of growth as an artist, Donny Frauenhofer takes these diverse influences and puts them on full display in DFB, or Donny Frauenhofer Band. Essentially a supergroup, DFB consists of a rotating cast of some of Buffalo’s best young musicians and takes the tight, rhythmic complexity of Frank Zappa’s music, adds a harmonic layer largely influenced by jazz traditions, and provides an open improvisational approach akin to the traditions of the modern jam band.
Largely known as Buffalo’s best-kept secret, the secret may be starting to spread with nominations for “Best Jazz Pianist” in JazzBuffalo’s Reader’s Poll 3 years running, and an award for “Best Jazz Fusion Act” with THE TRUTH, a group he helps to compose and arrange for. Constantly rejecting and reinventing narrow labels to expand his craft, Frauenhofer truly best represents an incoming generation of musicians that embrace and access an infinite amount of influences.”