about the group
CHORDLESS is a jazz group centralized in the Phoenix area, specializing in playing improvised classic jazz music with sophisticated artistry and respect for the tradition of the music. from miles to ellington, gigi gryce to thelonious monk, we are constantly evolving in our performed repertoire and looking to find a way to bring new life to old standards.
AS you might have guessed, our group does not include any instruments that play chords. we are made up of trumpet, upright bass, and drumset, and because of our unique instrumentation, our group has great flexibility in the sound level, energy, stylistic choices and more of our music. we can go from relaxed and in the background, to energetic and intense in any of our music.
IF you are interested in what we do and having us play for you, we are currently booking performances for 2020. we play corporate events, family gatherings, coffeehouses, large performance venues, small venues, and more.
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meet the musicians
ALEX PRICE is a trumpet and piano player, producer, mixing engineer and music composer from the Los Angeles area, currently living in Tempe, Arizona. Alex has shared the stage with numerous artists as a trumpet player, including Lewis Nash, Michael Kocour, Sean Jones, and Harold Mabern. In the past, he has performed with the Young Sounds of Arizona as the solo trumpet chair and was a member of the AMEA All-State Jazz Band from 2012-2015. He is a recent graduate of Arizona State University receiving Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance (Jazz) and English (Literature).
Alex has performed at the 2017 Chandler Jazz Festival, the Highland Jazz Festival from 2016-2019, the Nash, the Lost Leaf and more areas around the valley. As for composition, Alex was included in the 2019 June issue of DownBeat magazine, having won an Outstanding Composition Student Music Award for his 2019 piece for jazz sextet, entitled Journey. Journey is now available to listen to as part of Alex's debut album Life Story, released in July of 2019.
When not involved in playing, Alex teaches trumpet and piano privately at Music Maker Workshops, writes for his blog, and drinks an abnormal amount of coffee and tea.
ELLIS GREEN is a bass player from Phoenix, Arizona. He has studied jazz performance at Arizona State University under the direction of Michael Kocour.
Currently, Ellis performs around the valley at venues such as The Nash.
SAM RUSSO is a jazz drumset player under the Phoenix area. He has completed two years at Mesa community college and has received a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in jazz studies under the direction of Dom Moio and Lewis Nash.
Sam has had the great privilege of performing with both Dick Oatts and Jim McNeely with the ASU concert jazz band, as well as both Harold Mabern and Joel Frahm as a part of his ASU jazz combo. He can be seen performing frequently around the valley.