Headliner: Dave Meder

Friday, July 26, 2019
8:00 PM
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“I’m chasing the lofty goal of being able to play everything,” says the pianist, composer and educator Dave Meder, discussing the panoramic, genre-bending approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards.

At only 29, Meder has already found a uniquely versatile artistic voice, evident in his latest release, Passage (Outside In Music), a dynamically interactive piano-trio outing with appearances by generation-defining saxophonists Chris Potter and Miguel Zenón. Traversing an affecting gospel standard, a bold deconstruction of Monk, a title track inspired by minimalists Philip Glass and John Adams, and pieces featuring the most progressive ideas in jazz harmony, rhythm and improvisation, Passage is the work of a young artist whose defining aesthetic is his remarkable sense of stylistic adventure. Indeed, his most appropriate touchstones are historically resourceful postmodernists like Jaki Byard—a hero to whom Meder paid tribute at Jazz at Lincoln Center—and two of Byard’s proteges, Jason Moran and Fred Hersch. 

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Headliner: Dave Meder 8:00 PM
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