WERTICO, CAIN, AND GRAY
7-time Grammy Award winner Paul Wertico, David Cain, and Larry Gray came together to form Wertico Cain & Gray to realize new music and art, winning a prestigious live performance album award along the way, and gathering audiences in search of new worlds of sound-making and digital cinema.
Chicago-based, this spontaneous trio composes and orchestrates everything in real-time, melting acoustic and electronic sounds with new-tech and word-tech, in-sync with an inner muse that connects to the universe of possibilities, and musically conversing to the point of sheer telepathy.
Paul Wertico. Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today,” “an inspired madman,” “a restless innovator,” “a true legend of jazz drums,” “a master of drumming insanity,” and “a genius of the sticks,” Paul Wertico gained worldwide recognition as a member of the Pat Metheny Group, during which time he won seven Grammy Awards. Paul has played and/or recorded with Larry Coryell, Eddie Harris, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Sam Rivers, Bob Mintzer, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, Jay McShann, Herbie Mann, Randy Brecker, Jerry Goodman, Ramsey Lewis, David Bowie, Charlie Haden, George Coleman, Diane Schuur, Nelson Riddle, SBB, Ken Nordine, Jeff Berlin, Sonny Fortune, Tierney Sutton…… Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. (www.paulwertico.com)
David Cain. An acclaimed revolutionary of unbroken media and art, David Cain is a composer, vocalist, and musician jamming across Sound Portraits’ high-wire of collaborative music, art, and visuals. Cain’s musical trek dances between reality one moment and subconscious interlude the next. Cain is in a class with music’s most forward-reaching innovators because of his groundbreaking explorations. A bonafide risk taker of the music canvas, Cain gives us remarkable new frontiers of improvised sound and vision. David has taught music, digital cinema, film history, creative writing, and animation at the University of Illinois Springfield and Robert Morris University. (www.umedia.net)
Larry Gray. Larry has worked with artists and jazz legends, including McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Steve Turre, Lee Konitz, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Roscoe Mitchell, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, and Donald Byrd, among many others. Larry has toured extensively, and continues to do so, performing at jazz festivals and clubs around the globe. As a classical musician, Larry has worked on many occasions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also was part of the PBS television series, Legends of Jazz, where he can be seen performing alongside Jim Hall, Benny Golson, Chris Potter, Phil Woods, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Clark Terry, and Roy Hargrove. Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Illinois since 2007.