Standard Fare is a jazz quintet led by trumpeter and music educator, Dave Umstead, and is comprised of musicians from the Greater Boston region. As a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Dave has studied with Danny Nolan, Claude Gordon, Gary Corcoran, Walter Chesnut, Michael Tunnell, John LaBarbera and Jamey Aebersold.
Umstead has played at some notable distant venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey, CA), the Jazz Factory (Louisville, KY), and Caesar’s Casino (Elizabeth, IN), as well as regionally at Ryle’s Jazz Club (Cambridge), The House of Blues Foundation Room (Boston), Blue (Portland) and The Press Room (Portsmouth). Distinguished jazz musicians Dave has played with include: Randy Brecker, Jim Rotundi, Delfeayo Marsalis, Cecil Bridgewater, Antonio Hart, Jamey Aebersold, Harry Connick, Sr., and Steve Davis. In addition to jazz performances, Umstead has performed professionally with brass quintets, orchestras, pit orchestras, wind bands, and fusion/rock groups. Dave has held teaching positions at Plymouth State University, the University of Louisville and Southern New Hampshire University as well as serving the public schools at Hollis-Brookline and his home town of Manchester, NH.
The cumulative history entwined in Standard Fare represents a wide range of musical experience and myriad genres which yield each individuals’ unique contribution to the collective whole. The group includes Jim Cameron (tenor sax), Phil Sargent (guitar), Nathan Therrien (bass) and Ken Clark (drums) and their repertoire covers classic jazz as well as original compositions.
The musicians presently performing in the Hollis-Brookline High School Jazz Combo have accumulated an impressive amount of performing experience and accolades. In addition to participation in numerous school-related festivals and all-state bands, they have received annual recognition at the University of New Hampshire’s Clark Terry Jazz Festivals as well as First Place “Gold” ratings at recent World Strides Heritage Festivals in Montreal (2016) and Washington, DC (2017). The HBHS Jazz Combo has a history of performing locally for various events and functions and previously appeared at the Riverwalk Café this past spring.