3 If By Sea

3 If By Sea

Trio

John Giordano, Jr. is a modern man, a man of the now. Ever present in the here and now like a piano-playing Buddhist monk in some movie where he jumps up from the piano at the end of the set and tears through a room full of ninjas like a weed-whacker through a planter box filled with begonias. This man is so dangerous, there's actually a top-secret biography that contains the truth, but we had to tender it to government agents who have it locked up in a mega-warehouse watched over by 'top men.' The foundation of this warehouse, we're told, sank 17 inches into the ground when the single piece of paper was locked in the foam-steel, lead-lined, terrawave-proof strongbox there. The soldiers who guard the warehouse claim that after spending a night guarding the warehouse, they developed an indescribable sense of peace and clarity, perfect pitch, and the ability to open effortlessly PVC packaging without resorting to edged weapons, scissors or foul language. Dan Darr is the drummer in the jazz trio Three If By Sea. Dan was born in Dallas, but grew up in Fort Worth. He graduated first from Paschal High School in 1988, and then from Texas A&M University in 1993, with a degree in Environmental Design. He teaches Art at Arlington's Martin High School. Dan bought a drum set (for $95!) in a garage sale at age fourteen and learned to play by listening to a lot of 80's rock music. Years later, after discovering the freedom and expression in jazz music, there was no going back. Dan’s favorite drummers are Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Earl Harvin and Stewart Copeland. Dan is a lucky dog because he gets to play music with John Giordano and Scott Anderson, two cats much more talented than he is, and somehow they stick around. Scotty Me? I'm a bit (snicker) undisciplined, and tend to play by ear - which I'm not half-bad at (and, by definition, not half-good at, either). Roundabout the early eighties, I inherited my brother's Les Paul knockoff, learned some chords, fumbled through some solos, learned how to multitrack, and played with the Bowheads, who opened for the Judys, thank you very much. Moved to Austin, played once on Sixth Street, which I don't really want to talk about. Worked for student radio and for SXSW. Spent a summer in Italy accompanying my cousin Ursulla — one of the finest singers on the planet. Moved to Durango and played in a band called Charlotte's Garden, and in the school jazz band. Married my amazing wife, finally graduated. Left town. Moved to Fort Worth, and for many years was musically idling. Then Danny asked if I wanted to come jam with he and John. There followed many months off re-learning how to play bass, and some (to me) embarrassingly mediocre playing from me. Buuuuuut, as we discovered our inner jazz hepcats, or perhaps let them become our outer jazz hepcats, some good-if-not-pretty-damn-good-if-I-do-say-so-myself stuff started to happen. I'm still a charlatan and a faker, though, sitting next to two really good players. But they tolerate me as I'm easy going, and bass players are hard to come by. Despite being the weakest leg of the trio, I wouldn't give it up for anything. Playing next to Danny, a showstopper and a crowd-pleaser. And Johnny. a complete and utter madman. Seriously — watch his feet when we play! It's like the happiest dog in the world wagging his tail. Easily, far-and-away, the best musical gig I've ever had. Twisting and re-shaping the most beautiful music ever written with two great men and phenomenal musicians is just about as good as it gets, musically. I've said more than enough about me. It's all about the music. Come and have a listen! http://www.3-if-by-sea.com/