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Steve Kessler Trio with Robert Jospé
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$12 – $15
Doors 7:30 // Show 8:00 PM
$12 advance, $15 door
Beer // wine // non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. No food.
Richmond, Va. pianist/composer Steve Kessler says he is an improvisor first. Performing recently in NYC, NJ and Canada, the self taught pianist has led his own groups for years, as well as performed with greats Joe Henderson, Donald Byrd, Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and many others. Kessler’s CD’s, both as pianist and/or composer, include his “3 Trios” with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Howard Curtis, “One Man’s Blues” with baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson, and trumpeter Victor Haskins’ first CD “The Truth”.
Review excerpt, by Peter McEllhiney, Music Critic, Style Magazine: “If Steve Kessler is – to use the cliché – “the best kept secret in jazz”, it is by his design. Fame has not so much eluded pianist Steve Kessler as he has eluded it. Over the years, he resisted high profile offers from jazz legend Freddie Hubbard to Bruce Springsteen to Dave Matthews, to maintain a personal vision of the music he sought to play. Kessler is a stunningly imaginative and engaging player. He thinks quickly, plays fluidly, and doesn’t sound like anyone else. A musician’s musician, seldom recorded, he channels his considerable talent almost exclusively into performance. At the height of a solo, Kessler rises on crouched tiptoe, bearing into the keyboard, fingers splashing out runs and clusters. His playing is bracing, articulate, unpredictable and totally individual. In originality, imagination, commitment and execution, there are few players anywhere who are his equal. In a world blinded by fame, it’s rare to find an artist driven by the serious responsibilities that come with talent — a word from a biblical parable about the entanglement of gifts and obligations. ”
Paul Langosch began his studies on the double bass in 1969 with Albert Webster of the National Symphony and later continued private lessons with William Vaughn, also of the National Symphony. He began his college studies at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, Later attending American University in Washington, DC and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Paul has worked with many of the leaders in the jazz world including: Phil Woods, Tal Farlow, Al Cohn, Mose Allison, Johnny Hartman, Bud Shank, Zoot Sims, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis. Paul’s touring credits include tours with Jon Hendricks, George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Susanna McCorkle and Conte Candoli. In 1985 Paul was invited by Tony Bennett to become a permanent member of his trio. His association with Mr. Bennett lasted over 20 years.
Robert Jospé is a jazz drummer, percussionist, composer, educator and band leader of Robert Jospé Trio, Express and the Inner Rhythm band. He is nationally known for his eight CDs as leader, receiving two four star reviews in Downbeat Magazine, reaching #4 twice on JazzWeek national radio chart and being featured in Jazztimes Magazine and Modern Drummer. His latest album “Just Lookin’” was released on June 10, 2019. Robert has been a touring artist and educator with the Virginia Commission for The Arts for 27 years. Since 1992 Robert has presented the “World Beat Workshop”, an educational assembly program following the rhythms of West Africa to the Americas. Robert joined the University of Virginia’s music department’s faculty in 1989. Jospé teaches jazz drumming and a hand drumming and rhythmic fluency course “Learn to Groove”. He is a member of UVA’s faculty jazz ensemble, The Free Bridge Quintet.
Throughout his career Jospé has played and recorded with many bands and in many musical styles including Tim Reynolds and TR3, (rock/reggae/fusion), John D’earth Quartet, pianists Hod O’Brien and Cyrus Chestnut, guitarist Stanley Jordan, vocalist Bobby McFerrin and John McCutcheon (folk rock).
Robert has been featured on the PBS TV series Charlottesville Inside Out and in 2012 was awarded artist/educator of the year by the Charlottesville Jazz Society.