Saxophonist and band leader Trude Witham brings the best in musical entertainment to your event. She can provide a duo (as Trude and Tag - piano and sax), trio, or quartet for private parties, fundraisers, corporate events, rehearsal dinners and wedding reception cocktail hours. The core band includes piano or guitar, sax, and bass, with optional drums and vocalist, depending on your entertainment needs. The band plays a variety of jazz, swing, blues, pop and Latin pieces, including originals. Trude has been performing with the Trude Witham Group since 2006 in the greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area. She has opened for Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin and The Kings Of Strings. A Boston native, Witham began playing the guitar at 12 and composed her first song at 16, giving her first public performance shortly thereafter. She moved to Los Angeles after high school, and continued to perform and compose music. After five years, she returned to Boston to attend Emerson College, earning a degree in communications. Witham took up the saxophone later in life to learn a new instrument and the art of jazz improvisation. Her principal teachers were Frank Bonanno and Miles Donahue. While studying saxophone and jazz theory, she continued to perform as a guitarist and vocalist, and was a member of the folk duo, Hummingbird. She also joined the Chelmsford Community Band's concert and big bands, where she still plays alto sax today.
Members of the Band
Ted Osborne - Guitar Osborne has been playing off and on with various groups in the Boston area for 30 years. While earning his Bachelors of Music from Berklee College of Music, majoring in jazz composition, Ted had the good fortune of studying with local jazz masters, including Jon Damian, Greg Hopkins, Ted Pease, and the late, great Herb Pomeroy. Besides playing with the Trude Witham Group, Ted is the guitarist with the Indian Hill Big Band and the Jack Welsh Big Band.
Michael Caruso - Bass Mike is a multi-instrumentalist composer/arranger. His primary instruments are bass and guitar. He has played solo acoustic and jazz guitar, and also played bass in the Metrowest Jazz Project and a variety of other groups. These days he mostly focuses on playing guitar in The O.G.D. Trio and The JazzQ. He has one CD of all original music titled Song For Amy, and is working on another. He also leads the Jazzed for a Cure Foundation. Proceeds from the CD and special Jazzed for a Cure events help augment music therapy programs for cancer patients at Mass General Hospital.
Charlie Recchia - Bass Charlie has been actively playing bass for over 30 years, including jazz ensemble/combo playing in New York, Ohio and Oregon under the direction of Jim Hynes, Hap Ashenfelter and Roger Hadley. Charlie has performed with artists such as The Metrowest Jazz Project, Tom Phelan, Ed Conley, Doug Sondak, Jack Morash, Ted Knowlton, Paul Cummings, Sai Ghose, Jean Mancini Gough, Matt Boland, Bill Jones, Tyra Penn and Pericles Bakalos. He is comfortable with a variety of styles, including jazz, R&B and funk, with a focus on locking down the bottom both rhythmically and harmonically to provide a solid foundation for his bandmates.
David Knauss - Drums David has been playing drums with jazz, rock, funk and blues groups in the Boston area for the better part of 20 years. After completing a Music Ed. degree from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with John Ramsay, Skip Hadden, Dean Anderson and others, he decided to pursue a day job in healthcare/biotech instead of teaching music. Now the father of two boys, he still devotes as much time as possible to playing drums, in between coaching sports and driving teenagers all over creation.
Tag Vennard - Piano, Keyboard Tag Vennard has been creating original music since his teenage years, and exhibits a warm and thoughtful approach to his music. He believes that peaceful music is therapeutic, and he tries to improve the health of the world by creating "good vibrations" and peaceful harmonies with his piano or guitar. When he plays solo piano, it is "new age", relaxing, improvisational music. Tag frequents the area's open mics, singing with his wife Karen. He also likes to team up with saxophonist Trude Witham for jazzy standards, popular covers and originals.