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The Trachy/Lacy Collective performs Oct. 6 at Appalachian

seth tracy_russell lacy_t.jpgBOONE—The Trachy/Lacy Collective jazz quartet will perform Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall at Appalachian State University. The primary members of the quartet are saxophonist and composer Seth Trachy and percussionist Russell Lacy. They will be joined by bass player Dan Loomis from New York and jazz pianist David Caldwell Mason, also from New York.

Admission is free, however seating is limited.

Trachy was raised in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains where he spent his childhood exploring the mountains and absorbing the soulful sounds of his father’s record collection, which included artists such as Ray Charles and Percy Sledge.

After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, Trachy helped form the group Quantum, which received recognition in the Downbeat student music awards, and performed at festivals such as Arts Ignite Festival (Winston-Salem). Quantum performed with guest artist Dave Douglas and recorded with Kenny Werner at the Banff International Jazz Workshop.

Trachy relocated to New Jersey in 2000 to study at William Patterson University for two years before completing his studies at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. In 2005, he was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop as well as the Ravinia Jazz Festival.

A native of Wake Forest, Lacy started playing percussion when he was 9 years old and began learning drum set at age 11. In high school, he studied classical percussion under percussionist and composer Christopher Deane. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he majored in classical percussion but developed his long-standing interest in jazz.

Lacy continued his studies at N.C. Central University, graduating with a concentration in jazz studies. Upon graduation, he spent two years as a professional musician, performing with Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Eric Reed, Delfayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Pete McCann, and Gregory Tardy and as a founding member of the John Brown Quintet.

In 2006, Lacy relocated to New York City to pursue a master’s degree at Queens College, dedicating himself to the study of jazz, Afro-Cuban music and composition and arranging. Since moving to New York, Lacy has shared the stage with John Hart, John Bailey, Frank Kimbrough, Steve Cardenas, Bobby Porcelli and David Berkman, as well as joining the Michael Blake Band.

He teaches on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

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