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You can call him Brad, just don't call him conventional. Trumpeter and musical chameleon, Brad Fritcher has been making unique music for most of his life, blending everything that is heard into a musical tapestry. Whether he's been sitting-in with friends, playing professionally, laying down studio tracks or teaching, Fritcher has always put his heart and soul into his music.
The Brad Fritcher + trois is project consists of four eager musicians who are expanding their artistic vision beyond the strict confines of the jazz genre’s tradition. After the first rehearsal on GVSU’s campus, the trio of Brad Fritcher (trumpet), Dutcher Snedeker (piano) and Christian VanDuinen (drums) knew immediately that they were working with something valuable. Shortly thereafter, Ryan Wallace drifted into the bass position and into the studio at Blue Lake Public Radio they went. The album that came forth (recorded by Fred Drachus of Junior's Farms Productions) is one that conveys a panoramic view of a summer's day, from dawn to dusk. The first Single, "Smooth Silk", was entered into the 2013 ArtPrize Music Competition and won the Jazz Category.
In less than a year, BF+trois has quickly emerged as an act to follow in Michigan. Besides recording & self producing 2 albums (the latest being recorded at Mackinaw Harvest Studios under the close watch of local legend Michael Crittenden) the band has been featured on Local Spins, eightWest, WYCE 88.1, WBLV 90.3, and has been nominated for 'Best Album by New Artist' and 'Best Jazz Album' in this year's WYCE Jammy Awards.
Brad Fritcher + trois continues to tether audiences to their concepts and their sound with intimate live performances and communicate intellectually and musically to themselves, each other, and the listener.