West Coast Blossom Band
Music director Nicholas (Nick) Fryman: a leap year baby will be playing keys and directing the trio including himself, Jaye Maynard on vocals, and Fred (Freddie) Johnson on upright bass: playing The First Blossom Dearie Songbook an out of print publication first presented by Daffodil Records in 1982, arrangements by Mike Renzi.
Playing professionally since the age of sixteen, Nick has performed as a soloist and also as a member of various large and small jazz and popular music groups, working extensively with vocal and instrumental artists. His compositions and arrangements have been featured on the stage, on records and CDs, and in radio and TV commercials. He has previously been Musical Director/Arranger of: the University of Texas Experimental Jazz Ensemble, the award-winning PBS children's bilingual television series, CARRASCOLENDAS, the FOOTLIGHT FOLLIES Show and Ball, the NEW YORK ALUMNI SHOW starring Milton Berle, the ALL NITE SHOW late-nite TV entertainment and talk show, and several original musical theater productions. Other credits include work for BetteMidler, Howie Mandel, Holland America Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and orchestration work for the feature animation film CATS DON'T DANCE and the TV movie IN SEARCH OF DR SEUSS. Nick has toured with actress/entertainer, ANN-MARGRET, recently performed with singer, JANE HARVEY and is currently musical director for cabaret and concert artist, DEAN REGAN.
Over the past 34 years L.A. native Freddie Johnson has been playing the bass and 'doing' public radio. He has performed around town with the likes of The Page Cavanaugh Trio, The Torchlighters, Rob Rio and The Revolvers, Snotty Scotty,Dread Zeppelin, The Hollywood Combo, The Aristokats and many others. His radio experience includes stints at KROQ, KPCC, KGAM, and KCSN FM both as on-air talent and in station management.Freddie continues to perform and tour to this very day and is a #1 fan of Blossom Dearie and Jaye Maynard!
Posted on January 16, 2012
by Jaye Maynard