AMP Trio – Paul Carr’s Discovery

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AMP Trio, a supremely talented young band comprised of New Yorkers Addison Frei (piano), Perrin Grace (bass) and Texas drummer Matt Young. – Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite

Now in their 5th year as a band AMP Trio prepares for their third full length record. Their first Flow, released on Armored Records in 2013, gave them a look into the music industry and life on the road, touring the US and Canada. Their first tour included performances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Velvet Note in Georgia and Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY.

Their second album m(y)our world was a self-released collaborative project directed by Snarky Puppy videographer Andy LaViolette. In 2015-2016 the album was frequently played on radio stations across the US, Canada bringing it up to #24 in the Jazz Week radio charts. The group even received airplay across the UK as well as in Greece, Germany and Switzerland.

AMP Trio has performed and recorded as the rhythm section for many other musicians such as John Raymond, Tim Green, Quamon Fowler, Drew Zaremba, Spenser Liszt and Sky Window. Each member has been a participant in Betty Carter?s Jazz Ahead program and was collectively invited to participate in the 2014 Steans Institute residency at Ravinia.


Addison Frei

New York based pianist Addison Frei (Fry) has won first prize in several competitions including the 2016 UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida and the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has toured and recorded alongside Manhattan Transfer co-founder Janis Siegel.  

In addition to co-leading AMP Trio’s m(y)our world and Flow, Frei has released two solo albums: Transit and Intentions. His acclaimed compositions have earned two ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Awards and has held residencies in New York at the Kitano and Cell Theatre.


Matt Young

Upon arriving at UNT, Matt was asked to join Grammy winning artist Bob Belden’s, Animation, with Tim Hagans. Animation released Transparent Heart and Machine Language (feat. Bill Laswell and Kurt Elling) on RareNoise Records based in the UK. Both records received acclaim from publications such as JazzTimes, Jazzwise, and Downbeat Magazine. 

Matt has performed internationally including recent performances at the 30th Annual Fajr Int’l Music Festival in Tehran, Iran, the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival in Barcelona and XXIII Festival Internacional de Jazz Ciudad de Almeria in Almeria, Spain, venues in London, England, Canada, Mexico, and all around the US.


Perrin Grace

Manhattan dwelling musician Perrin Grace is a jazz bassist and composer. He has performed with notable musicians like Jean-Michel Pilc, Amina Figarova, John Riley, Alex Sipiagin, Tim Green and John Raymond.  

Though he is active as a side-man he often takes on a role as a leader or co-leader with projects like AMP Trio and his first EP album.

He has a masters degree in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelors degree from the University of North Texas.



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