From jazz standards to American folk melodies to contemporary indie rock songs to Pollack’s own compositions, the Trio’s aim is music “beautiful, moving, yet modern,” according to Julian Waterfall Pollack (“…emerging, young, and poised…a pianist with an earnest air” – The New York Times). “Old jazz songs, American folk melodies, and rock tunes can create a lot of feeling and vibe with very simple materials. We want to utilize those materials and convey the sentiments of those styles…and then improvise.”
Opening the show, Americas finest gypsy swing band in the style of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli will have you tapping your feet to Le Jazz Hot or Jazz manouche, as its called in its birthplace, France. It’s Gypsy jazz, mysterious rhythms at once sophisticated and flamboyant, romantic and melancholy. The quintet—named for Reinhardt’s famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France—is led by the godfather of American gypsy jazz, guitarist Paul Mehling.