Brian Dumont, 21, is a musician and composer from Wantagh, New York. He is the bandleader of Jazz/Fusion group Steel Jazz Trio & Friends. Originally a guitarist since the age of eleven, Brian took interest in learning the Pedal Steel after being introduced to it during a private lesson at Five Towns College in 2014. He has since taken lessons from the phenomenal steel guitar expert John Widgren. Just as well, he grasps the complex, harmonically-driven instrument in a way that continually yields sessions and perfomances that range from Country, Western Swing, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Fusion music.
“When one thinks of the unique sound of the steel guitar, it is of country music or perhaps early
Hawaiian guitar recordings. Yet at no time during the stimulating sounds heard on Black Licorice
does Brian Dumont’s playing sound reminiscent of country or even Western Swing players. Black
Licorice, which is easily recommended, not only finds Brian Dumont expanding the potential of
his instrument but playing top-notch modern jazz that is well worth hearing.”
Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists,
Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76 http://www.scottyanow.com/