“Atlanta guitarist Trey Wright is quickly becoming one of the most interesting guitarists on the scene today … the music is edgy, energetic, and will keep you glued to your speakers throughout.” -Just Jazz Guitar magazine
“ [Mace Hibbard] A gifted artist that knows how to utilize all the weapons in his arsenal to attack both the visceral and cerebral with a sonic assault of broad colors and rich textures…….” — Critical Jazz
Trey Wright is a jazz guitarist, composer, and recording artist based in Roswell, Ga. Initially inspired by the blues, Trey was exposed to jazz early in his development by a private instructor. While studying Sociology at the University of Georgia, Wright furthered his study of jazz improvisation with pianist and composer Steve Dancz. In 1994, he co-founded the Athens / Atlanta based jazz band Squat. The group is a six-time winner of Best Jazz Band at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards and has been a featured artist at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Bel Chere, the Twilight Athens Jazz Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Harvest Midtown, and Athfest. Several of Trey’s compositions with the group have received international airplay and have been featured on Sirius radio. Along with managing Squat and producing six CD releases, Trey plays guitar and piano with the group touring throughout the Southeast.
Trey also plays freelance in the Athens and Atlanta area and has performed with Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, bassist John Patitucci, Grammy winning saxophonist Joe Lovano, and Mel Bay recording artist Corey Christiansen. Trey has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, and the World Sacred Music Festival in Bangalore, India. As a solo guitarist and with his trio, Trey has been a featured performer at the Athens Music and Arts Festival, the Lake Oconee Jazz Festival, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. In early 2008, Trey began playing with the Cobb Symphony Jazz Orchestra.
In December of 2002, Trey completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University, and he currently is on faculty at Kennesaw State University and the Atlanta Institute of Music. Trey has also taught at LaGrange College, Gainesville College and was a Jazz Artist in Residence at the University of Georgia. In 2006, Trey released his first CD Where I’m Calling From, receiving rave reviews and airplay throughout the United States, New Zealand, England, Australia, Germany, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, Scotland, and the Netherlands. The Trey Wright Trio released Thinking Out Loud in the summer of 2009 on Blue Canoe Records. In the Spring of 2011, Trey began writing a quarterly column on Jazz Harmony for Just Jazz Guitar magazine.
Grammy award winning saxophonist/composer/educator Mace Hibbard has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile saxophonists on the scene today. Journalist John Barron succinctly commented, “Hibbard is an artist who uses his technical mastery, compositional skills, and informed understanding of the jazz saxophone lineage, to create musical offerings that are truly unique.”
Born and raised in Waco, Texas, early music lessons included piano and voice until settling on the saxophone at age ten. Mace’s firm grasp of the history of jazz and its standard repertoire comes from the gigs he played with his father – Dave Hibbard, a great trumpet player who was a staple in the Texas jazz scene for years – throughout his teen years. From there, he attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Musical Performance and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies. While in Austin, Mace developed as a composer and formed Odd Man Out, who released their self-titled debut on Viewpoint Records in 2000. In addition to his growing jazz career, it was during this time that Hibbard began developing his reputation as a outstanding performer in all genres, playing in ensembles as diverse as The Austin Symphony, singer-songwriter Drew Smith, The Creative Opportunity Orchestra, and The Stingers.
After 10 years of being one of the most sought after woodwind players in Austin, Mace relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in the summer of 2003 where he is continuing his reputation as a gifted soloist, and solid performer on all saxophones, flute, and clarinet. In 2008, the Mace Hibbard Quintet was selected to play at the Atlanta Jazz Festival as the winner of the Future of Jazz Competition. In 2009, Mace was asked to perform in the Battle Royale celebration concert at the Savannah Music Festival where he was a featured soloist alongside such jazz luminaries as the Marcus Roberts Trio, The Clayton Brothers, Terrell Stafford, Scotty Barnhart, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon and Andre Hayward.
Beginning in 2005, Hibbard began his association with The Derek Trucks Band and Soul Stew Revival with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. On select tours for the next five years, Mace was a featured soloist and horn arranger for the two bands. This union culminated in Hibbard winning a 2010 Grammy Award for his playing and horn arrangements on Already Free. He is also featured on the critically acclaimed live album, Roadsongs, released in 2010 by The Derek Trucks Band.
In 2007, he released his debut album as a leader, When Last We Met, featuring all original material and a lineup of Atlanta’s finest musicians. Released to worldwide airplay, it amassed incredible reviews, with one critic declaring, “Mace Hibbard’s new CD grabbed me right from the git go. His writing is wonderful and his playing first class. One of the finest young alto players on the scene and he’s just as impressive on soprano and tenor. The rest of the group is also first class. This is already on my list of year’s best.”
Time Gone By, Hibbard’s second album, was released in 2011. Once again featuring his long-time quintet and original compositions, it was a fixture at the top of the CMJ Jazz Charts, peaking at #3. Dr. Michael Matheny of RadioIO Real Jazz was emphatic in his praise for the new album: “Time Gone By is a huge new release for jazz. One of the best CDs of 2011. maybe even 2012!”
With Atlanta, Georgia as his home base, Hibbard’s playing and compositions can be found on recordings by Melvin Jones, Yonrico Scott, Ben Tucker, The Joe Gransden Big Band, Jennifer Holliday, Trey Wright, Bryant Thompson, and Marlon Patton. He is also a featured saxophonist/composer on Atlanta Sax Allstars, which will be released by Hotshoe Records and will feature four of Atlanta’s finest saxophonists. Continuing his standing as a all-around musician, Hibbard has performed throughout the United States and Europe, sharing the stage with Marcus Printup, The Temptations, The O’Jays, The Four Tops, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, Frankie Avalon, Frankie Valli, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, and rock bands Scrapmatic and Son Volt.
In addition to his impressive performance career, his standing as an educator is equally notable. Hibbard has served on the faculty of Georgia State University since 2005 where he an instructor of jazz saxophone and improvisation. He also was a professor of saxophone and jazz studies at Jacksonville State University from 2003-2010. Hibbard has served as a clinician and soloist at many Universities in the United States and Canada, with notable engagements at The University of Texas at Austin, Florida State University, Slippery Rock University, and The University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. In 2004, He published the first in a series of technical studies for the saxophone entitled “Scales and Patterns For Saxophone, Volume I, Major Scales and Intervals.”