Capital District Jazz presents:

Who: Capital District Jazz Presents
What: Jazz concert with Trifecta: Wayne Hawkins, Dave Gleason & Rob Lindquist
When: Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 PM
Where: Spring St Gallery, 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, NY
Tickets: $15.00

Jazz at the Spring is continuing its mission to introduce new groups and music to the Capital District by presenting the new piano trio Trifecta on Thursday May 30th. What is a jazz piano trio? Piano bass and drums, right? Well think again. . .how about three pianos? When Capital Region pianists Rob Lindquist and Dave Gleason, who have known each other from their student days at the Crane School of Music, met Wayne Hawkins, a recent transplant from Kansas City, they realized they were kindred musical spirits, and Trifecta was the result. These three seasoned piano players take the stage simultaneously to navigate the complexities of the piano as they delve into the Jazz repertoire. Imagine the richness and complexity of an orchestra channeled through six hands working 264 keys across three keyboards. This is a master class in the art of improvisation! It will all be on display here: cooperation, exuberance, restraint and excitement, as these accomplished pianists harness the power of their instruments to create a soundscape that not only reveals the complex emotional range of the piano, but also its delicate beauty. Trifecta’s repertoire celebrates the works of the great jazz pianists, and their original compositions reflect a personal connection to this rich legacy.

David Gleason is a pianist, composer and music educator. He received an M.A. from Tufts University where he studied ethnomusicology and composition. Having researched folk and popular music in Puerto Rico and Cuba, Gleason brings his rich knowledge of Latin music to his critically acclaimed Latin jazz ensemble Sensemayá , and performances with RumbaNaMa, and The Boston Latin Band, and his love of swing is evident in performances with Bopitude, The Big Soul Ensemble, and The Empire Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with the Either/Orchestra, Lee Konitz, Laurel Masse, Fred Wesley, Gary Smulyan, Danilo Perez, Rufus Reid, Antonio Hart, John Fedchock and others Mr. Gleason studied music education and jazz studies in Potsdam, New York. and recorded two albums “Shake It!” in 2010, and “La Madrugada Habanera (Havana Before Dawn)” in 2011. He has taught at the John Sayles School of Fine Arts, SUNY Schenectady, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Robert Lindquist has played piano since he was seven and started composing and improvising shortly thereafter. He is a graduate of SCCC and SUNY Potsdam (Crane School of Music) and The College of St. Rose where he obtained a Masters in Jazz Studies. In addition to leading his own groups New Regime and Troika, which included performances at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, Rob has appeared in performance with Kenwood Dennard, Othello Molineaux , Walter White, Chuck D'Aloia, Jeff Seigel, Dave Calarco, Dan Faulk, and Harry Allen. Rob, an in-demand sideman is also on the faculty of The College of Saint Rose, and is currently at work on a new recording due out later this year.

Wayne Hawkins, is a versatile pianist and keyboardist who performs regularly throughout the country and is a member of the jazz faculty of the University of Kansas. As a composer, Hawkins has written for a variety of films, commercials, and recording artists and his discography includes over 30 recordings with a wide variety of artists, including his critically acclaimed Wayne Hawkins' Trio. Hawkins was recently featured on the trio recording GREAT DAYS, which included several of his original compositions. Solo piano recordings include his recently recorded HOME. Hawkins has been featured in both regional and international jazz festivals. He has toured extensively with the Doug Talley Quartet, performed regularly with the Kansas City Symphony, and collaborates with artists of varying styles.

Jazz at the Spring is held the last Thursday of each month at the Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs, and is sponsored by Capital District Jazz, Ltd. (CDJ) a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization formed by practitioners and fans who love jazz music. American in origin, jazz reaches and draws from millions of performers and listeners around the globe who are inspired by its rich history, excited by its technical complexity, and moved by its emotional depth. The members of CDJ want to share their love of jazz with current and potential performers and enthusiasts throughout the "Capital District". CDJ's mission is to build and serve a wider audience for jazz through education; to create performance opportunities for jazz musicians; and to develop venues for these pursuits. CDJ supports All Ears: Jazz and Improvised Music Workshop, which is a fun hands-on way for students of all ages to learn about jazz.

CDJ is offering a number of free tickets for youth age 17 and under. If you are interested in obtaining a free ticket please inquire via email Tickets are available in advance at: brown paper tickets:

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