Bryan is the keyboardist for the jazz group TakeTwo & Friends, and he also performs regularly with the D’Sievers. He has degrees in respiratory therapy, business, and holds a Master’s degree in education. You can see Bryan with the D’Sievers at the Rochester Civic Theatre for Jazz Jam on Sunday, October 16 and Sunday, November 20. The event starts at 5:30 pm.
What sparked your interest in music?
Jazz music has always been a passion of mine. I think it resonates with me because it’s a creative art – it’s spontaneous. No two shows ever come out the same.
Most listened to song in the last week?
Earth, Wind and Fire’s, “September.” I am listening to what is happening in the music and getting it into my brain.
If you could run sound for one artist no longer among the living, who would it be? Why?
Bob Marley and the Wailers.
He’s epic. Revolutionary.
Top three artists at the moment?
Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers. I am learning how he funks his music up.
Earth, Wind and Fire. They make me happy. Dave Brubeck. He is the quintessential piano player that I just love.
What makes you stand out as a musician?
I strive to be a solid player, not flashy. I want to be a musician that someone can rely on, especially in the jazz world.
What motivates you to keep playing music?
Music is my release valve. It keeps me sane.
One book you think everyone should read?
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. We live in such a digital world now, and I think that people need to get along better in the physical world. These are skills that are being lost.
Kindest words from an audience member?
Most of the crowds are pretty complimentary, but it is interesting as to when the compliments are given. For instance, just when I think I am playing great, and everything is on, nobody says anything. But when I think that I’ve messed up, that’s when people compliment me.
Do you have any show rituals or superstitions?
When I play jazz, I will start by listening to jazz music beforehand just to get in the feel. And for the past 12 years, I’ve worn a hat every time I’ve performed. Now I feel naked without it.
Why do you keep performing?
It is a searching. Every time I play a gig, there is something to be found in it. I am looking for new phrase or passage that I can play, and I am trying to open myself up to the music without forcing it. When you open yourself up to the universe or the world, there is a flow. Some musicians turn to drugs to do that, but I am not going that route.