American musical ambassadors, guitarist Joe Ravo, bassist Brian Glassman, and percussionist Danny Mallon are BeBimBop, a virtuoso instrumental trio that spices up the scene with their peppery stylings of American Jazz standards and reimagined pop, rock, and R&B classics infused with Brazilian samba, Spanish Flamenco, and their own native-New Yorker sauce.
Just like the Korean dish Bibimbap that they frequently enjoy eating after performances (and from where they dirived their name), the trio–who are a also a band of brothers–creates an acoustic jam that will provoke your senses, not only with their unique sound, but also with their dynamic stories detailing their travels for the U.S. Departement of State as members of the Johnny Rodgers Band to the far reaches of the planet including places such as Djibouti, Papau New Guinea, Malyasia, Cambodia, Egypt, and Siberia to name a few. Music lovers of all ages will find joy in spending an evening with these master musicians, who will immediately feel like your long lost friends.
Joe Ravo | Guitar
Joe Ravo, a New York native, is a multi-faceted guitarist and composer who has performed with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Stanley Turrentine, and Gerry Mulligan. He has recorded alongside David “Fathead” Newman, Liza Minnelli, Randy Brecker, and Tom Harrell, and performed in orchestras for Broadway hits such as A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Secret Garden, City of Angels, and Dancin’. With guitar techniques incorporating a diverse set of traditions, Ravo’s style embodies the multi-cultural flavor teeming throughout New York City.
Brian Glassman | Bass
Brian Glassman is known as one of the best upright and electric bassists in New York. While his style includes classical, rock, Latin, R&B, and cabaret, Glassman is perhaps best-known for his work in jazz and Jewish music styles, such as klezmer. Glassman has performed, toured, and recorded with jazz greats such as Paquito D’Rivera, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, and Lionel Hampton. When he is not touring internationally or recording, Glassman is an instructor of jazz bass at Princeton University. Glassman received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Rutgers University, and a Master of Arts in music education from City University of New York.
Danny Mallon | Percussion
A native New Yorker, Danny Mallon performs American roots music inspired by the classic songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s, as combined with the musical strains of New York’s cultural melting pot. Mallon has been featured on numerous recordings, on radio, television, and in film, as well as with luminaries such as Randy Brecker, Gene Bertoncini, and Phoebe Snow. Mallon’s festival appearances include Spoleto USA and Berkeley Early Music Festival. In addition to playing drums, Mallon has studied and played Middle Eastern percussion since college. Mallon holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees of music in classical orchestral percussion from the Mannes College of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 1991.