Sunday, August 6 – 4:30-6:30 pm
Richard Sears Trio
which way west? Sunday concert series

Bay Area-raised, Brooklyn-based pianist Richard Sears possesses an original voice as an improvisor and composer. His composition has been recognized by grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the Los Angeles Jazz Society. As a performer, Richard has appeared with the likes of Chick Corea, Mark Turner, Muhal Richard Abrams, Joshua Redman, and Billy Hart. His most recent release, “Altadena”, features the legendary drummer, Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. “Altadena” earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, and was named “one of 2016’s best release” by AllAboutJazz. Richard continues to perform and teach internationally, and curates the “Open Ground” performance series in Brooklyn to promote the work of his colleagues.

In 2015, Richard Sears released his first trio album, “Skyline”, on Fresh Sound Records. Andrew Gilbert, music critic for the SF Chronicle and SJ Mercury News, wrote of “Skyline”:

“Great jazz performances take a listener to a realm that’s both intimately familiar and bracingly new. This exceptional young trio led by Sears dwells in that sweet spot between tradition and discovery. While many of his contemporaries are casting a wide net for influences, Sears and his bandmates are savvy post-bop explorers dedicated to expanding the jazz idiom from within.”

This concert will preview original music by Richard’s latest trio, a collaboration with bassist/composer Martin Nevin (New York), and drummer/composer Guilhem Flouzat (Paris). These compositions will be included on the collective’s first recording for Fresh Sound to be released in early 2018.

To hear “Skyline”, and to learn more, click here: