Bernstein, Goldings, & Stewart Trio
Tuesday, January 22d, 8 p.m.| Arcata Playhouse
"A killer organ trio barrage that's deep in the pocket."
The West Coast tour that brings this storied trio to Arcata (and that also includes a four-night run at the SFJAZZ Center) marks the thirtieth anniversary as a unit for organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart. They stand squarely in the lineage of the great organ trios of the 1960s led by Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, and Jimmy McGriff, but they update the sound with the myriad influences each member brings from their long and distinguished careers as outstanding leaders and superior sidemen to many of the greatest names in contemporary music. The 2018 album Toy Tunes, their twelfth as a trio (though they regularly play in one another's bands under a variety of names), found the group exploring both groove and abstraction, original tunes and well-chosen covers. After three decades, their trademark sound is low-key and sneaky, not loud and greasy. As Jazz Times puts it: this group “excels at the art of the slow burn.”
Peter Bernstein has played on over 80 recordings (nine as a leader) and has worked with a long list of luminaries, including Lou Donaldson, Joshua Redman, Jimmy Cobb, Diana Krall, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, and Tom Harrell.
Larry Goldings is a Grammy-nominated pianist and organist who has collaborated with an impressive range of figures in the worlds of jazz and pop. He has had long-term musical relationships with Jim Hall, Michael Brecker, and John Scofield, and since 2001 he has toured and recorded with singer-songwriter James Taylor. He also enjoys a career as a composer of music for films, television, and radio, his music having been heard on the soundtracks of Seth Rogan’s Neighbors, Judd Apatow’s Funny People, NBC’s The Office, and NPR’s This American Life.
Bill Stewart is simply one of the most highly esteemed, influential and in-demand drummers of the last two decades. A musician's musician, he has recorded with Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, and Michael Brecker, among many others.
Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website and at People's Records, Wildwood Music, Wildberries, and (soon!) The Works.
The trio will also present an open public workshop at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23d in Music 131 (across the walkway from the Fulkerson Recital Hall lobby). People of all levels of experience are welcome to attend, and admission is FREE.
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