The Agosto Trio
John Scofield, guitar; Larry Grenadier, bass; Bill Stewart, drums
Sunday, August 3 | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $16 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
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“Scofield combines the chess-champ braininess
of his solos with a taste for standard song forms and expansive bursts
of volume… a manna for the straight ahead jazz fan.” – The
Sparks are guaranteed to fly when John Scofield, Larry Grenadier, and
Bill Stewart take the stage as the Agosto Trio. Scofield is one of modern
jazz’s top-tier guitarists, with an immediately identifiable style
full of spiky melodies and unexpected nuances. Early in his career he
played with a long list of jazz masters, including Miles Davis, Charles
Mingus, and Gary Burton. Now, as a bandleader, he is known for undertaking
unusual, ambitious projects and for exploring funky territory when he’s
not playing straight-ahead jazz. Scofield finds kindred spirits in bassist
Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart, two musicians with whom he
shares a good deal of musical history. Bill Stewart, a frequent collaborator
of Scofield’s, is one of the few drummers with the versatility
to work with both Pat Metheny and Maceo Parker. Larry Grenadier, perhaps
best known for his consistently amazing work with pianist Brad Meldau’s
trio, has the kind of spontaneous creativity that energizes everyone
he plays with. The meeting of these three contemporary jazz giants is
not to be missed.
Q&A wtih Larry Grenadier
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
“I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles.
What job would you have if you weren’t
a jazz musician?
To paraphrase Fellini...An actor, a painter, a circus performer, a
writer and a doctor in a mental hospital. I am very fortunate. As a
bass player I can be all these things.
What’s the strangest experience you’ve
ever had on the bandstand?
Well I’m going to use the word strange in another sense because
what happens on the bandstand, the level of communication, intuition
and telepathy is so high that in any other circumstance it would
be deemed “strange.”
What’s the last book you’ve
Italo Calvino’s “Numbers In The Dark.”
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead
(with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra. I think we need a
drummer. OK, Tony Williams.
What’s your favorite thing
about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
Having been a student here in the 80’s I feel very fortunate
able to come back as a teacher and have that dual perspective.
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
The Village Vanguard.