“Universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive
This show is undrwritten in part by Mary Ann Boatright in loving memory of Dr Jerry Boatright,
A technically superb and brilliant pianist, Brad Mehldau has firmly asserted himself as the most important exponent of modern music. Whether playing original compositions, standards or covering material that is foreign to many jazz listeners, Mehldau has become a compelling and universally admired force whose influence and relevance have grown steadily over the past two decades of varied and prodigious output.
One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano Brad Mehldau has performed around the world at a steady pace since the mid-1990s primarily with his trio, but as a solo pianist; and he also has collaborated with a number of great musicians, including Charlie Haden, Joshua Redman, Lee Konitz, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, Charles Lloyd, Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Mark Turner.
Brad's trio, which tours the world extensively, made eight acclaimed recordings for Warner Bros., including five Art of the Trio albums, which Nonesuch Records subsequently released as a boxed set of the albums in 2011. The pianist’s eight years with Nonesuch have been equally productive, beginning with the solo disc Live in Tokyo and including five trio records - Day Is Done, House on Hill, Live, Ode, and Where Do You Start - as well as a collaboration with soprano Renée Fleming, Love Sublime; a chamber ensemble album, Highway Rider; two collaborations with Pat Metheny: Metheny Mehldau and Quartet, the latter of which also includes Brad Mehldau Trio members drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier; the live solo CD/DVD Live in Marciac; and a collaboration with composer/pianist Kevin Hays and composer/arranger Patrick Zimmerli entitled Modern Music. He also produced and performs on Walking Shadows, a critically acclaimed release by Joshua Redman.
Mehldau recently has been performing duet concerts with mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, pianist Kevin Hays and drummer Mark Guiliana – the last, an and electric project employing Fender Rhodes keyboard and a battery of synthesizers e that Brad and Mark have ntitled “Mehliana.”
In addition to his performance and recordings, Mehldau was appointed as curator of an annual four-concert jazz series at London's prestigious Wigmore Hall during its 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, with Mehldau appearing in at least two of the four annual concerts. In late January 2010 Carnegie Hall announced the 2010-11 season-long residency by Mehldau as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall - the first jazz artist to hold this position since it was established in 1995.
Brad Mehldau – piano
Larry Grenadier – double bass
Jeff Ballard - drums
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