Playing piano at 6 and trumpet at 10, Frank DiGiovanni pursued music all through his life. While growing up in the Philadelphia area, he performed professionally since the age of 14 in rock and show bands, doing weddings, private parties, and finally the bars (when old enough, or no one was checking his ID). In high school, he played in all the formal ensembles and wrote for the jazz band. As required of all teenagers wishing to really rock out, he learned the guitar, bass, and drums with his friends in basements across the metropolitan area.
Finally receiving his B.A in music composition, he continued to perform, but also worked as a recording engineer and studio musician, as well as going on the road with two pop-soul acts from Philadelphia for a brief period in the 1970s. Also during this period, he scored some animations for Sesame Street and a few commercials shown locally, and did horn arrangements for some of the record producers he worked with. Frank was in several rock bands attempting to get signed and was also involved with songwriters from Nashville and Philadelphia, having his work show up in soundtracks for movies such as “Tender Mercies.” To clutter his garage even further, he developed an interest in the saxophone and has played it ever since.
Frank moved to Portland in 1985 where he still resides. He continues to play and write in several styles, including jazz, rock, blues, funk, pop, and the occasional avant-garde experiment as well as a country song if the mood hits.
Craig Snazelle's jazz education includes lessons/study with SF Bay Area bassist Chuck Sher, (John Hendricks), Los Angeles bassist Jamie Faunt (Chick Corea, John Klemmer), and since moving to Oregon, with bassists Glen Moore (Oregon), Tom Wakeling and Larry Zgonc. Notable Portland players Craig has worked with include; Gordon Lee, Mike Horsfall, Bill Beach, Phil Goldberg, George Mitchell, Shirley Nannette, Karla Harris, Marilyn Keller, Paul Mazzio, Lee Wuthenow, and Pete Peterson. He has performed locally at the Portland Jazz Festival, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Newport Coast Jazz Festival, and Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.