Staff/Faculty

Staff

Nick Fryer – Executive Director
BIJQ 2012Nick Fryer is a guitarist, composer and educator. Nick has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and South America with appearances at jazz festivals that include the JVC Jazz Festival NYC, Iowa City Jazz Festival, and Jazz in Peru International Jazz Festival. Nick has had the great privilege to share the stage with many jazz greats including Peter Erskine, Anthony Cox, Mike Clark, Red Holloway, Dennis Mackrel, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, David Bixler, Bob Mintzer, Pete McCann, George Schuller, and Ed Schuller.

Nick received a B.M. in Jazz Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a M.M. in Jazz Performance/Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University. Studies also include New York University and the School for Improvised Music in New York City. Nick has studied privately with Steve Cardenas, Brad Shepik, Pete McCann, Bruce Arnold, Fareed Haque, Randy Vincent, John Hart, and Tony Moreno.

Nick has over twenty years of teaching experience and is currently the Executive Director of Jazz and Roots Cincinnati, a non-profit arts organization that promotes music education, performance and community outreach in the greater Cincinnati area. Prior to Jazz and Roots Cincinnati, Nick was the Associate Director at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, CA from 2012-2015 and Associate Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead from 2008-2012 where he coordinated the guitar program, directed jazz combos, taught jazz history, and directed the jazz guitar ensemble. Nick also previously taught at Harold Washington College and the Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago, IL. A D’Addario Performing Artist, Nick Fryer performs and presents clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the US.

Brandon Coleman – Director of Graphic Design & Media

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Brandon Coleman is a guitarist and composer based in Cincinnati, OH. As a performer, he has performed at numerous festivals, clubs and stages, including the Loja Jazz Festival in Ecuador, the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Fest in Columbus, OH, the West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival in Morgantown, WV and Bar Next Door in NYC. As a clinician, he has given masterclasses on guitar, harmony, composition and music business at Morehead State University, the University of Virginia, and West Virginia State University as well as numerous performing arts high schools regionally.

He leads his own original modern jazz group, The Brandon Coleman Quartet, which focuses on melodic compositions with tight arrangements and collective, energetic improvisation.  He has shared the stage with numerous notable artists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Magnarelli, Dick Oatts, Joe LaBarbera, Eddie Gomez amongst many others.

Brandon earned his BM in Jazz Performance at Morehead State University where he studied guitar with Glenn Ginn and piano/organ with Dr. Steve Snyder.  He went on to receive his MM in Jazz Performance at University of Louisville, where he studied guitar with Craig Wagner, and composition with Joe LaBarbera.  Outside of his school studies, Brandon has studied with Gilad Hekselman, Lionel Loueke and Jacob Duncan. Brandon is also an endorser of Curt Mangan Strings, Timber Tones guitar picks and Timberwolf Guitars.

Faculty

Brad Myers – Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Ensembles (Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Rock)
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“Mastering various elements of music on your instrument, and then abandoning that ‘learned mind’ to embrace the playfulness of that 9-year old kid within, playing the piano for no one to just create music in the moment just for the sake of doing – and in doing so, reaching some deeper level of self-expression that we tend to keep at bay as we grow older… I want to keep that playful spirit till the day I take my last breath.”

Playing music since the age of 6, the remarkable composer/guitarist Brad Myers decided to pursue transcendence through jazz expression at the age of 13. And that purity of spirit and joy of creativity has been at the core of his artistry throughout his musical life. After more than 20 years as a much sought after sideman and co-directing a variety of acclaimed ensembles that crossed the boundaries of multiple musical genres, Brad has decided to emerge as a leader. The recent release of his album Prime Numbers is a powerful first step. Featuring his quintet, comprised of musicians with whom he has been performing in various contexts for the past five years, Prime Numbers clearly demonstrates his enormous talents as both composer and guitarist. For the majority of musicians who possess Brad’s level of artistry, there is a tendency to move to a major city on either coast to develop their careers. But Brad went against the grain, leaving his home in the Washington D.C. area in 1994 and moving to Cincinnati to study Jazz Guitar with James E. Smith at the University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music (CCM) on an Honors Scholarship. There he discovered not only a large number of outstanding musicians who shared his wide-ranging musical visions, but also a rich musical history. “This was the home of King Records and its classic James Brown albums. Louis Armstrong’s first recordings, Bix Beiderbecke and the Wolverines sides and Jelly Roll Morton’s piano rolls were all recorded at the legendary Gennett Records; and so many of Hank Williams great songs were recorded here at Herzog Studios. George Russell, Frank Foster and Cal Collins all came from Cincinnati. With so many great musicians living here, I want to make a contribution to that legacy.”

Embracing every opportunity that CCM offered him for his personal and artistic growth, Brad honed his skills in the diverse environments of musical theater pit orchestras, big bands, jazz combos and even as musical director of the short lived tribute to ‘80s country superstars, Alabama. He also studied Sound Design and Mixing for the Theater under Michael Hooker, designing the sound for black box productions of Hello Again & Blood Brothers. In 1996, Brad made his first of many recordings, as featured soloist with Pat Harbison’s 2:00 Combo on the SeeBreeze release Lady Bird.

 

Matt Meldon – Guitar, Ensembles (Classical, Rock, Jazz, Folk)

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Matthew Meldon is a guitarist, composer, and instructor currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since graduating from the renowned University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music in 2000, Matt has been active as a musician through out the country. He is equally at home playing jazz, classical guitar, or creating soundscapes with an indie rock band. As a member of the band Why? (Anticon Records) with whom he has toured and recorded with off and on from 2003 to present, Matt has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His contributions can be heard on the album Elephant Eyelash, as well as the Sandollars, Rubber Traits, and Dumb Hummer/ Pick Fights EPs. First getting serious about music as a junior in high school, Matt spent most of his free time playing along to Jimi Hendrix records. Upon graduation, learning jazz became his obsession and Matt entered Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, transferring the following year to the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. There he earned a B.A. in Jazz Performance. Since graduation, Matt has lived and worked as a musician and guitar instructor in New York City, the Bay area, Seattle, and now back in his native Cincinnati, Ohio.Always looking to improve and expand his horizons, Matt has also studied classical guitar with the head of University of Washington’s guitar department, Michael Partington. Currently he is working on Why?’s next album, recording his own music, as well as regularly performing around the Midwest with numerous local musical indie projects, jazz gigs, and classical guitar performances.

Matthew Meldon is a guitarist, composer, and instructor currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since graduating from the renowned University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music in 2000, Matt has been active as a musician through out the country. He is equally at home playing jazz, classical guitar, or creating soundscapes with an indie rock band. As a member of the band Why? (Anticon Records) with whom he has toured and recorded with off and on from 2003 to present, Matt has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His contributions can be heard on the album Elephant Eyelash, as well as the Sandollars, Rubber Traits, and Dumb Hummer/ Pick Fights EPs. First getting serious about music as a junior in high school, Matt spent most of his free time playing along to Jimi Hendrix records. Upon graduation, learning jazz became his obsession and Matt entered Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, transferring the following year to the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. There he earned a B.A. in Jazz Performance. Since graduation, Matt has lived and worked as a musician and guitar instructor in New York City, the Bay area, Seattle, and now back in his native Cincinnati, Ohio.Always looking to improve and expand his horizons, Matt has also studied classical guitar with the head of University of Washington’s guitar department, Michael Partington. Currently he is working on Why?’s next album, recording his own music, as well as regularly performing around the Midwest with numerous local musical indie projects, jazz gigs, and classical guitar performances.

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