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Wednesday, April 3
7:00 PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Brad Mehldau Trio


Pianist Brad Mehldau’s musical personality forms a dichotomy. He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arch, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended. The two sides of Mehldau’s personality—the improviser and the formalist—play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format, and his Trio on this concert date features Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.

Regular General Admission: SOLD-OUT
Gold Circle: SOLD-OUT
All Ages
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)
Doors & Dinner Beginning at 5:30 PM
No Comps
Sponsored by The Law Offices of Lawrence & Peck, A Criminal Defense Firm 

Brad Mehldau Website


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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