Founded in 2001, Hard Logic has never been a traditional jazz fusion group. By combining old school jazz-fusion’s energy and improvisation with a driving, more contemporary sound the group appeals to a wide range of listeners. Through the years, groups such as Steps Ahead, Weather Report, Spyro Gyra, and The Brecker Brothers have been significant influences on Hard Logic’s process of melding standard and latin jazz together.
Over a span of fourteen years, the group has developed a large repertoire of original music and has released three full-length CDs. Charismatic sax-man Paul DeLoria has always been the leader, featured player and songwriter of the precision instrumental ensemble. Together with keyboardist Greg Gilmore, the two musicians have written the majority of Hard Logic’s original compositions. In 2008, DeLoria and Gilmore’s song “Crudites” from the band’s 2nd release Group Theory, was awarded first place in Billboard’s World Songwriting Competition. This recognition was validation that Hard Logic was on its way to creating a distinctive niche within the jazz market. Two additional musicians, David Pinto and Chris Dembeyiotis, complete Hard Logic with an incredible rhythm section. Outside of the typical responsibilities of a bassist, Pinto’s harmonies, chordal work, and unison lines provide an additional layer of musicality. Meanwhile, Dembeyiotis lays down an old school vibe with a sense of creativity that is grounded in modern technique. Together the quartet presents a full sound resembling that of much larger ensembles.
Always exploring new sound palettes, Hard Logic’s 2014 release, The Other Side features guitar prodigy and Eastman graduate Adrian DiMatteo. The cd also showcases cellist Steve Kanak and percussionist and vibraphonist Bob Accurso.
Hard Logic is currently working on a fourth CD slated to feature a more organic, acoustic, four piece version of the band. Visit http://www.hardlogic.net. to view documentary footage of the making of their 3rd album, as well as information on their touring schedule, and social media links.
Performance venues have included: The Rochester International Jazz Festival, The Lewiston Jazz Festival (headliners), The Lilac Festival, Webster Jazz Festival, Fairport Canal Days, The Cornhill Festival, Oswego Harbor Fest, Corning Jazz Festival and Naples Grape Festival.
“Hard Logic is…Jazz that takes the spirit of old-school, to modern day progressive fusion…leading the way with solos, that are directed by a rhythm section that could drive a Mac Truck, through the twists and turns of roller-coaster…”
Sam Marabella – Broadway Joe’s
Event Date: May 22, 2015
Show time: 9pm-12am
Ticket Price: free show!