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All individual band performance photos were taken by Rudy Lu.



Terry Gordon
Trumpet

Trumpeter/composer Terry Gordon has been playing trumpet since the age of 10, and holds music degrees from Houghton College and Mansfield University. In addition to playing with the Arch Stanton Quartet, he leads the Terry Gordon Quintet and performs regularly with several other groups including Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble, the Matthew Maguire Quintet, and the Brass-O-Mania Big Band. He has played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, and Lincoln Center's Saturday night salsa series, as well as at several other festivals and venues around the United States. Additionally, he plays with the Empire Jazz Orchestra, a jazz repertory big band, which has backed up such jazz luminaries as Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, Rufus Reid, Lew Soloff, Wycliffe Gordon, and David "Fathead" Newman, and as a freelance trumpeter he has performed with such artists as Bobby Rydell, Leslie Gore, and the Temptations. He has appeared on more than 20 recordings, including recent or upcoming releases with the Terry Gordon Quintet, the Arch Stanton Quartet, Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, the Empire Jazz Orchestra, and the Brass-O-Mania Big Band.





Roger Noyes
Guitar

Roger Noyes is a cross-genre guitarist whose playing is rooted primarily in blues-oriented forms. He currently writes and performs with the Arch Stanton Quartet, whose music finds influence in post-bop jazz, but he also performs with groups specializing in other genres, from straight-ahead jazz to barroom/roots rock. His instrumental writing and playing, in particular, are inspired by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, John Scofield, Nels Cline, Grant Green, Neil Young and Danny Gatton: musicians who are genre-bending, take an "unusual" approach to harmony, and/or have a strong blues-soul sensibility. In addition to guitar, he also plays bass and pedal steel. He can be heard on recent recordings by Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen ("Sleep on the Way" and "Bound For Abiquiu"), Grainbelt ("A Distant Sound"), MR Poulopoulos ("Harvest The Heart") and on the Arch Stanton Quartet's debut album ("Along For The Ride").





Chris Macchia
Bass

Upright and electric bassist Chris Macchia is one of the most in-demand musicians in the Hudson Valley. Experienced in many styles of music including jazz, rock, funk, progressive, and various groove/dance genres, he studied jazz performance at SUNY New Paltz. Chris has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Cairo International Jazz Festival, and the Greater Ozarks Blues Festival, and has performed with Grammy Award winner Joe Louis Walker, toured the Caribbean, and toured opening for Melvin Seals. His group the Arch Stanton Quartet won the Metroland Readers Poll for best jazz group. He can be heard on many albums including "Along For The Ride" by the Arch Stanton Quartet, "Brooklafornia" by CFR, "Take It With You" by EllisonStarr, and "Rise" by Aliza Hava.





Steven Partyka
Drums

Drummer Steven Partyka has been playing drums since the age of 8, studying music throughout elementary, junior high and high school. Currently playing with the Arch Stanton Quartet, he has lived and played with many artists and groups in Nashville, Philadelphia and Upstate New York. Artists and bands he has worked with include The Terry Gordon Quartet, Reggie Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Sal Paradise Project, Scottie Gilbert, Moe Denham, The Browntown Band, The Chris Paul Trio, and efbom!. He led two jazz bands as an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia for two semesters. He has appeared on recordings with the Sal Paradise Project, efbom!, and The Arch Stanton Quartet.



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