The Prickly Pair Jazz Duo performs valley-wide at various restaurants, galleries, festivals and private engagements, and is perfect for events that need elegant music at a reasonable volume.
This professional ensemble is well suited for events ranging from causal to sophisticated. Playing with the artistry and soul of traditional jazz , the mood is always relaxed and enjoyable. The style and professionalism of the Prickly Pair Jazz Duo creates a musical ambiance that will add class to any party or corporate event.
Prickly Pair is the professional outgrowth of a musical relationship that began in the late 70's at Arizona State University. Now more than 35 years later, they continue to produce a lot of great music.
The instrumental duo consists of Dan Sieckman, guitar and Dennis Sexton, bass. Focusing on straight ahead standards, bossa's, samba's , other jazz repertoires, as well as some pop music, it's easy to tell that they still enjoy playing together.
Prickly Pair has entertained at a number of Resort Venues in Arizona
Sheridan , Downtown Phoenix
DWMarriot Desert Ridge
Talking Stick Resort and Casino
Four Seasons, Scottsdale
Royal Palms, Scottsdale
Additionally, the jazz group has played a number of private restaurants, including:
Squid Ink , Scottsdale
Desert Dave's Old Digs, Fountain Hills
Il Vinaio, Mesa
DeLa Cruz Bistro, Mesa
Urban Tea Loft, Chandler
Prickly Pair also entertains for a number of corporate clients including:.
Bodify , Scottsdale
Sharmrock Foods, Phoenix
Vaisala Corp, Tuscon
Audobon Society, Phoenix
Phoenix Art Museum
Edgenuity Inc,. Scottsdale
Banner Heart Hospital
Salt River Pima-Indian Community Center
White Tank Library and Nature Center
Milwaukee Tool Inc
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Mesa Center for the Arts
Here's what they are saying:
They play straight-ahead jazz, quiet but intense. You can have a conversation over it, but it's worth devoting your listening attention to it if you're so inclined. -Jay P, Hot Springs, AR
I can't recommend better local jazz musicians. We hired Dan for our wedding and he really kicked the occasion up to another level of class with his solid playing. We'll definitely call him again for some future event. - Dave McElfresh (former jazz writer for Goldmine, Cadence, Coda, Downbeat, Wire, Phoenix New Times, Tucson Weekly, Jazz Now)
These guys were super! I couldn't have asked for more. They're brand of music was just the right touch for our corporate event. They were also very accommodating in handling a few special requests. They are great musicians, and I would definitely use them again without hesitation. -Teddi J, Phoenix, AZ
This ain't no sleepy jazz. -Jacob B., Mesa, AZ
Thank you so much for making our wedding so fantastic with your fabulous music. It was the perfect added touch that we were looking for. -Mr. and Mrs Tommy T, Tempe, AZ
Dan Sieckman - Jazz Guitar
Guitarist Dan Sieckman received a Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University in 1981. He played extensively in the Phoenix area during the late seventies and early eighties in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. Dan has taken a somewhat different path than many guitarists, primarily learning the jazz idiom from pianists including Dr. Tom Ferguson, Dan Hearle, and Chuck Moronic while at Arizona State. He has also participated in clinics with the likes of Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel, to name a few.
Dan took a sabbatical from music for approximately 10 years, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a career as a Senior Systems Engineer for a global data processing firm.
Dan started playing professionally again in 1992 in Little Rock Arkansas and quickly became widely in demand in the central Arkansas area. Dan was a key member of Dave Rogers Trio in Little Rock and 'The Real Thing Trio' in Hot Springs AR, and the "house" band for the Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation's Monday Night Jazz Project at the Afterthought nightclub in Little Rock. Dan also played a number of festivals in Arkansas including RiverFest and The Hot Springs Jazz Festival.
After moving back to Phoenix in 2005, Dan quickly established himself in Guitar/Bass Duo’s that eventually became “Prickly Pair – A Jazz Duo", playing for corporate event, weddings, and restaurants. He has also been a performer at the Chandler Jazz Festival and SCCARTS Canal Festival.
Dennis Sexton - Bass
Dennis Sexton (Bass) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University and has worked with jazz greats, Mose Allison and Herb Ellis. Dennis has been the Mosel Allisonʼs Arizona Bass Player since the mid-1970ʼs, and has
also toured with him in the Pacific Northwest several times throughout the years.
Dennis was co-founder of the jazz group Nuance", touring extensively throughout Arizona and Mexico on behalf of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. During his time with Nuance they played thousands of Corporate Events throughout Arizona, California and New Mexico.
Dennis was voted “BEST BASSIST" by his peers and fans in a local
poll for AZ Jazz Magazine. He has backed up many performers, recently including Joan Rivers and has opened for BB King, among others.