After being the rhythm section for many quartets and quintets over the years in the Boston and New England area, pianist Steve Hunt, bassist Bruce Gertz and drummer Jack Diefendorf broke out on their own to form the jazz group ‘TRIO NOW’.
The group has recorded 3 albums for SpiceRack Records and is working on a 4th release. Both Steve and Bruce are prolific composers and most of the songs on the three CD releases and during their performances are original compositions from these two members of the jazz trio. The styles range from the more traditional jazz trio sounds of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, to the more moderns sounds and styles of McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.
The trio’s exceptional and exciting interplay and musical conversations during the improvisations have thrilled and delighted audiences who love the sound and concept of the jazz piano trio.
“It takes the seasoned pro longer to listen than it does to play and this trio is like a group of friends having a deep conversation getting a perfect balance between transmitting and receiving” – Jerry Bergonzi .
Tickets are $10 each and are limited.
This concert is part of the monthly jazz series at the W and is led by Berklee College of Music Professor and Jazz Chair of the W Gallery, Neil Olmstead.
Please stay after the concert for a reception honoring the artists featured in our May Exhibit. The reception will take place from 3 pm to 4 pm with delicious refreshments and is free to all!
Steve Hunt - Steve’s influences include jazz greats Keith Jarrett, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner and he credits them for his personal jazz style of playing and composition. During his formative years he studied with concert pianist Albert Hirsh, and jazz pianists Sid Davis who helped form his lighting fast technique and unique style. Steve later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he continued his jazz studies.
After recording and performing with top Boston jazz musicians such as Randy Roos and Tiger Okoshi, and leading his own jazz fusion band, he went on the road touring with several renowned jazz artists such as Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke, Angela Bofill, Tom Brown, and Allan Holdsworth traveling international that took him to countries such as Japan, Israel, Austria, France, England, Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, and Australia, as well as all major cities in the US and Canada.
Steve also served as musical director for The Jazz Explosion from 1985 to 1989 headlining artists such as Freddy Hubbard, Gato Barbieri, Stanley Turrentine, Ramsey Lewis, violinist Noel Pointer, Kenny G, and vocalist Phyllis Hyman and Angela Bofill. The Jazz Explosion performed in major concert venues including the Circle Star in San Francisco, Beacon Theater in New York, Universal Theater in Los Angeles, and Hammersmith Odium in London. Steve's desire towards challenging himself is nowhere more evident than with his long time association with legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth whose progressive and innovative style has helped Steve to further his own musical development. Steve can be heard on Holdsworth recordings Secrets, Wardencliff Tower, and Hard Hat Area. Steve can also be found on two of Stanley Clarke's CD releases, If This Bass Could Only Talk and East River Drive.
Steve’s personal recording releases include “From Your Hear And From Your Soul” , “Live At The PCA” , “Trio Now- Someday Soon” , “Sphere of Influence” and “Connections”. These Recording as well as many other can be found on Steve’s Record Label, “Spicerack Record”.
Steve is also a studio engineer and producer and owner of the Kitchen Recording Studio in Chelmsford MA. He is on the Faculty and member of the piano department at the prestigious jazz school Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Bruce Gertz is known for his superb mastery of the upright bass and was named “Outstanding Bassist” by Boston Music Awards. What some fans don’t know is that he grew up playing electric bass from the age of 14 and still plays (and teaches) the electric quite often. His extraordinary contribution to music education has earned him multiple recognition awards from The International Association of Jazz Educators and the Jazz Education Network. He has been serving as a Professor of Bass at Berklee College of Music since 1976. Additional educator credits include serving on the advisory board of the International Society of Bassists and as an adjudicator at the Clark Terry UNH Jazzer's Festival.
Gertz has performed and recorded with such artists as Gary Burton, Jerry Bergonzi, John Abercrombie, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Werner, Mick Goodrick, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Billy Hart, Bill Frisell, Bob Berg, George Cables, Gil Evans, Tom Harrell, Jon Hendricks, Diane Schuur, Dave Brubeck, George Garzone, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Cab Calloway, Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie and many others.
He is an author of six books and contributing editor to Bass World Magazine. As a bandleader, Gertz has recorded more than twenty albums. His latest quartet release received four stars in Downbeat, December, 2017.
Jack Diefendorf Bio - Drummer--Teacher--Clinician--Recording Artist
Boston born Jack Diefendorf started playing piano at the age of 12. At the age of 15 he started taking drum lessons and found himself spending more time on the drums than at the piano. After graduating high school he was called to play drums for the newly formed Lowell State Teachers College
Jazz Ensemble. This enabled him to meet Miles Donahue, president of the Jazz Society, who later went on to form the Miles Donahue Sextet, that included such greats as, Jerry Bergonzi, Charlie Banacos, Nick Goumas, and Harvey S.
Jack started freelancing in the Boston area at a very young age, playing with artists such as, Tim Hagans, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Herb Pomeroy, Joe Lock, Bruce Gertz, John Lockwood, Tim Ray, Chris Taylor, to name a few.
Jack has also played on many albums, and is frequently called upon to join other musicians in conducting clinics as various colleges.