Venue Address (Get Directions)Center For The Arts of Homer
Date and Time
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 6:30pm
Compass was founded in the early '70's in Oneonta, and 2014 will mark the 43rd
year the band has performed with its founding members. The quartet has Joel
Chace, piano; Al Colone, drums; Tom Ives, bass and Rick Lawn, saxophones and flutes.
Compass performances are multi-directional, displaying a diverse variety of jazz compositions to include original material, along with tunes performed by the great jazz masters.
This jazz quartet was born in Oneonta, NY. There were 3 young local jazz musicians who loved to play and were gigging in area clubs back in the late 60's: Joel Chace [keyboard] from Walton, Tom Ives [bass] from Schenevus, and Al Colone from Oneonta on drums. They’d perform as the Joel Chace Trio, or the Tom Ives trio or the Al Colone Trio; depending on who booked the job.
Then in 1971, Rick Lawn, a talented young saxophonist, a Philadelphia native, came to Oneonta to become instrumental music teacher within the Oneonta Public School System; he had recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. At Eastman, Lawn had studied with some of the most respected names in jazz to include World-renowned jazz artist, Chuck Mangione.
Some forty years later as these four original band members move closer to retirement, there has been an overwhelming desire among them to do it all over again and if audience enthusiasm is any measure, it seems that they should.