In September 1994, Joe Abba, Paul Tynan and Nick Mancini met when they all began attending The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. This began a nearly 25 year relationship of music making and friendship that continues to this day. When they graduated from school, they all began to forge different musical paths. Nick Mancini is an incredibly successful freelance vibraphonist, composer, arranger and educator in Los Angeles. DRUM magazine recently voted him Best Percussionist on Vibraphone. Paul Tynan is a trumpet professor at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, receiving multiple grants for works he has composed; his trumpet sound can be found on over 60 recordings. Joe Abba is a drummer, band leader, composer and educator in New York. He has performed in countless musical styles, all over the world and just recently recorded his debut album as a leader, The Funk Unit for release in mid 2019. He also has been an instrumental music teacher through the Paul Effman Music Service for the past 20 years. This international band is rounded out by Joe’s close friend and musical colleague, Trifon Dimitrov on bass. He hails from Bulgaria and is a noted freelance bassist, composer and luthier in the active NYC music scene. He also builds and sells his own custom designed TD Basses.
Joe recently performed with Nick Mancini at The Crane School of music in honor of their professor, Jim Petercsak’s 50th year as the Percussion Professor. It was at this performance that they were encouraged and inspired to continue sharing their skills around the region at middle schools, high schools and colleges. Joe began assembling ideas and concepts for a clinic/masterclass tour that included performances, school assemblies and small group training of students and public school educators alike; the main theme and focuses on ways to discover, learn about, and teach Jazz Music. They bring a wealth of talent and knowledge to the table from their combined life experiences and musical adventures. This tout in April 2019 will focus on bringing this music to schools and universities across the state of New York. The band plans to shure their wealth of knowledge and experience to kids and adults of all ages and abilities. They will be directing jazz ensembles, giving large assemblies, one on one instrumental lessons, teaching improvisation to high school students, discussing the challenges and joys of making a living as an artist to college students, and also helping educators understand how to teach and expose their students to this truly American art form.