Bands

Jason Moore & Trust Trio:trust Trio jan2

Jason Moore- tenor

Will Beasley- bass

Evan Martin- drums

Trust Trio is a classic pianoless trio. Inspired by the strolling work of so many legendary saxophonists, I decided to start my own trio at the end of 2014. My intentions for this group are centered around fun, beauty and movement. The repertoire is varied, including a mix of original compositions as well as favorites from the books of my heroes. The result is a surprising blend of music brought to your ears by a trio of musicians who are mutually developing an expressive environment imbued with the quality featured in their name. We’re learning and writing new tunes constantly, so expect a little something different each time you come out!

J-Mo Trio:

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photo credit: Kristen Marie Greene

I’ve put together a book of my favorite jazz standards, and you can hear me perform them weekly along with an ever changing cast of Asheville’s great jazz musicians in some of the city’s finest restaurants. Most notably, you can find us every Wednesday evening (1/2 price martini night!) at Travinia Italian Kitchen from 6-9pm. I’m joined by Grant Cuthbertson on bass and alternating musicians round out the trio. You might catch us with drums, guitar or piano. You never know until you get there!

Russ Wilson Orchestra:

photo credit: Frank Zipperer

photo credit: Frank Zipperer

I’ll be working very closely with Russ this year. I’m excited to dig deeper and immerse myself in the music of early jazz and swing. We’re playing at least once a month this year, so be sure to check my calendar!

From Russ Wilson’s website:

The big band era is alive and well!! Russ and his orchestra par excellence bring the sounds of the big band era to brilliant life. Their tune selections include those of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb, Earl Hines, Benny Goodman, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Jan Savitt, Artie Shaw and many other legendary greats.

Rational Discourse:

photo credit: Frank Zipperer

photo credit: Frank Zipperer

This band was a ton of fun last year, and with the first album coming out soon, expect to hear more from us.

From Rational Discourse’s profile on Facebook:

Steve Alford’s latest project, an eleven piece aggressive rock/jazz based improvisational group, original music featuring six horns and two rhythm sections. A lot of straight eighths, distorted bass, multi and counter rhythmic approaches from the trap sets, and aggressive horns. Original compositions, tailored for the instrumentation, the band ideally will be a forum for composers.