The Fritz/Kocur duo derives their unique sound from their varied individual backgrounds. Their two musical paths converged in their shared love of jazz music, with Patrick Fritz bringing years of experience playing in rock bands to add an edge to his sound, and John Kocur bringing his sometimes-powerful, sometimes-sweet saxophone tone honed from years of study with both great classical talents and great jazz artists. The duo blends their unique artistic histories monthly at Blend Coffee Bar in Ashburn, VA and have also performed together at the Bethesda Row Arts Fair, Trinity House Cafe, and Leesburg Beer and Wine Company. In a truly collaborative effort, they each share their song-writing capabilities to add music to their sets that you can't hear elsewhere, while also covering current pop hits that you can't hear quite like this in an effort to allow jazz music to continue a tradition it had at the height of its popularity—exploring improvisation over tunes that would be familiar to all those in their audiences.
John is currently a member of the DC Federation of Musicians Local 161-710 and the Washington Area Music Association.
photo by Chris Garlock