The Piano Trio

I’ve been leading piano trios and developing my piano trio repertoire since the early 1980s. Currently, about half of that repertoire consists of otherwise overlooked and seldom-performed masterpieces by jazz pianist Bill Evans and Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim that are among my favorites. There’s not a set personnel for this group; instead, I draw from a pool of my favorite pianists in New York that I’ve played with over the years. The first three of these videos feature Art Hirahara, the forth, an earlier member of the trio, Gary Versace.

Personnel

Adam Birnbaum or Art Hirahara, piano

Matt Clohsey or Noriko Ueda, bass

Chuck Braman, drums

Alternate Personnel

Yago Vazquez, Glenn Zaleski, piano

Evan Gregor, Thomson Kneeland, bass

Videos

Repertoire

Bill Evans:

B Minor Waltz

Bill’s Hit Tune

C Minor Blues Chase

Catch The Wind

Comrade Conrad

In April

Interplay

Knit For Mary F

Laurie

Loose Bloose

Only Child

The Opener

Show-Type Tune

Tiffany

The Two Lonely People

We Will Meet Again

Antonio Carlos Jobim:

Caminhos Cruzados

Demais

Discussao

Esperanca Perdida

Este Seu Olhar

Eu Preciso De Voce

Fotografia

Janelas Abertas

Ligia

Voce Vai Ver

Chico Buarque:

Joana Francesca

As Mihnas Menmas

Wayne Shorter:

ESP

House of Jade

Nefertiti

Salvatore Bonafede:

Cameron Brown

Tommy Flanagan

Keith Jarrett:

Bop Be

Days & Nights Waiting

The Magician in You

Somewhere Before

So Tender

Various Composers

The Island (Ivan Lins)

Blame It on My Youth

Blues Connotation (Ornette Coleman)

Bons Amigos (Toninho Horta)

Butterfly Dreams (Stanley Clarke)

Day Waves (Chick Corea)

Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love (Charles Mingus)

Einbahnstrasse (Ron Carter)

Elsa (Earl Zindars)

Gary’s Waltz (Gary McFarland)

Gnid (Tadd Dameron)

Heyoke (Kenny Wheeler)

Hullo, Bolinas (Steve Swallow)

Kids Are Pretty People (Thad Jones)

Love Vibrations (Horace Silver)

My Back Pages (Bob Dylan) Nightlake (Richie Bierach)

Now He Beats The Drum (Chick Corea)

Sinora (Hampton Hawes)

The Duke (Dave Brubeck)

Untitled (Jeff Bremer)

My Other Bands

Trumpet-Tenor Saxophone Quintet  A quintet drawing inspiration primarily from the brilliantly inventive compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson and others featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s.

Saxophone Quartet  With a front-line consisting of saxophone and guitar, this group explores some of the best, most challenging and most neglected jazz compositions from the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

Guitar Trio/Quartet  With a front-line featuring either one or two guitarists, this band performs the music of my favorite composers whose music lends itself to guitar, such as John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny, with a special focus on rarely-performed compositions of Thelonious Monk.

Vibraphone Trio/Quartet  With a front-line consisting of vibraphone, either alone or supported by guitar, this group explores many rarely-performed compositions that lend themselves to the sound of the vibraphone.