Dominic Fragman is truly a unique and exciting artist. He plays guitar, drum set and sings, simultaneously; an innovative approach to the one man band concept, so dubbed the Solo Trio. He uses Rock as a foundation for intense, captivating songs interweaved by exhilarating improvisations drawing from African, Brazilian, Eastern and Jazz influences. His performances have been wowing audiences and are often lauded as mind-blowing, sensational experiences. After seeing Fragman perform, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russel commented, "It's amazing. Had I not seen it I wouldn't have been able to imagine it."
Fragman has performed as the Solo Trio on the National Mall for the DC Rally 4 Refugees, at FloydFest, The Annapolis Fringe Festival, Rams On Stage and Rams Head Live. He has been on TV in the US and Japan and featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Guitar World, and the UK's Classic Rock Magazine. Fragman has also toured Europe and the U.S. with various groups and is a Regal Tip Sticks, Wicked Chops, Booty Shakers, and Kaces Gig Bags Artist.
A perpetual student of the arts, he has studied drumming and composition under master drummer, Paul F. Murphy and iconic pianist Dr. Cecil Taylor. He has also recorded and performed with renown Bebop pianist, Larry Willis (Jackie McLean, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Wynton Marsalis). Fragman recently designed a lecture/concert program entitled the Spirit of Jazz & Democracy which includes Murphy, Willis, and poet Jere Carroll.
Fragman's lineage through Murphy, Taylor, and Willis culminates in affiliations with iconic leaders in the arts including Gene Krupa, Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Rashied Ali, Jimmy Lyons, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. To honor Murphy's musicianship and achievements, Oxford University Press asked Fragman to author an entry on Murphy for the latest edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music.
Fragman has performed at the Jazz and Wine of Peace Festival, Salerno Jazz Festival, So What's Next Festival and the Jamboree Jazz Club Festival. He is also an active clinician and lecturer focusing on composition, improvisation and innovation.
-AN ESSAY ON FRAGMAN'S CONCEPTS, WRITTEN AT THE REQUEST OF DR. CECIL TAYLOR.