Thursday 16th May - 'Night Train' - Music of the Oscar Peterson Trio - Andy Nowak Trio - £10/5 students
"An extremely gifted pianist with astonishing technique and an elegant touch on ballads, the great Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson burst on the scene in the 1940s as the heir apparent to the great Art Tatum. A gentle man from Montreal, Peterson was a favorite on the Jazz at the Philharmonic circuit during the late '40s and later established an exquisite chemistry with the world-class rhythm tandem of bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen. This was Peterson's working trio from 1959 through 1966 and together they made several classy recordings for the Verve label, including successful songbooks on George Gershwin, Irving Berlin Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and Jimmy McHugh. Their appearance at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival was one of the early performances of this edition of the Peterson trio (the pianist's previous trio with bassist Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis was a favorite on the Jazz at the Philharmonic circuit from 1953 to 1958). Thigpen's exquisite approach to the kit (he earned the nickname "Mr. Taste" while working in Peterson's trio) underscored the pianist's dazzling virtuosity with uncanny finesse, remarkable empathy and a relentlessly swinging style that fueled this trio..."
Tonight, Andy Nowak and his trio take on the Oscar Peterson legacy with a performance that will showcase music performed and inspired by the great man.
Andy has played with such artists as Jocelyn Brown, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Art Themen to name a few; and it will come as no surprise those who have heard him play that Oscar is one of his greatest musical influences. So, who better to take on this simultaneously enviable and unenviable task...
Andy Nowak - Piano
Dorian Sutton - Bass
Mark Whitlam - Drums
This promises to be a great night...get your tickets in advance here: http://buytickets.at/jazzatfutureinn/260679