August 22, 2010, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Tribute to Lennie Tristano

Tickets: $10 (cash or check) at the door or advance purchase from Trio

Kosmos / Albuquerque

Lennie Tristano

Born in Chicago in 1919 to an immigrant family from Italy, Lenny Tristano grew up to be a hugely important, if often under appreciated figure in jazz. Blind from infancy, Tristano learned piano as a child and moved to New York in 1946 to immerse himself in the jazz scene there. Influenced by the bebop greats like Charlie Parker and Bud Powell, Tristano nevertheless developed his own personal style and attracted a group of like-minded musicians to his side, including Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. He continued to perform into the 1960s, but teaching became an increasingly important part of his career, gradually precluding most public performances. Lennie Tristano died in 1978, still teaching and passing on his version of jazz until the end.

While not as famous as some of the other pianists featured by the Tribute Trio, Lennie Tristano is an immensely popular figure among musicians. From his first recordings in the 1940s, listeners were presented with a new and unique style of jazz. In many ways, Tristano was ahead of his time. His experiments with freely improvised music, the juxtaposition of different time meters, and recording techniques like overdubbing and changing the tape speed only became popular years, if not decades later. Tristano's compositions highlight many of his advanced concepts of harmony and rhythm, and it is a rare treat for the Tribute Trio to be able to present these works to the public.