Larry Goldings Trio, Thursday, December 15

Larry Goldings Trio
Thursday, December 15

“The essence of the old soul-jazz organ groups.” – New York Times

Jim Hall, Maceo Parker, John Scofield and James Taylor are just a few of the headliners who have sought out the unparalleled organ artistry of Larry Goldings. Although he got started on the piano, Goldings is best known as a dyed-in-the-wool Hammond B3 man. With driving bass lines on par with Jimmy Smith and Larry Young, and a powerful melodic sense that can turn a groove inside out, it’s no mystery that he’s been first pick for the big guys since graduating from Manhattan’s New School in the late 1980s. Nowadays, it’s Larry’s own trio (featuring Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart) that takes center stage.

Born in Boston, Goldings’ first musical inspirations were transmitted through his father’s deep love of classical music. As a boy he studied classical piano, but by the time he was a teenager, Larry was enamored with jazz pianists like Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. He continued musical studies throughout high school, took advantage of an opportunity to attend Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, and even had private lessons with Keith Jarrett.

Fresh out of high school, Goldings moved to New York to attend Manhattan’s New School, where he studied piano with Fred Hersch and Jackie Byard. While still a freshman, he was invited to join Eastman alumnus Roland Hanna in Copenhagen, where he met Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones, and was able to perform with Al Cohn, Sweets Edison and Sarah Vaughan. Needless to say, Goldings was well on his way. Vocalist John Hendricks soon recruited Larry for a world tour and upon returning to the states, the young pianist landed a regular gig at Augie’s on the Upper West Side. The only catch was that the club had no piano. But Augie’s (now known as Smoke) did have a Hammond B3. Larry dug right in and swiftly gained proficiency on the instrument, eventually featuring a number of bands, including his own trio, with whom he has worked ever since.

Peter Bernstein is charged with the lion’s share of the melodic lines. Bernstein also started out as a pianist, but he switched to guitar as a teenager, initially teaching himself to play by ear. Eventually, he enrolled at the New School and studied with Jim Hall, who remains a primary influence. Peter has since worked with everyone from Joshua Redman and Joe Lovano to Brad Mehldau and Diana Krall. He earned his soul-jazz stripes in earnest with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson and Brother Jack McDuff.

And who better to handle the percussion than Bill Stewart? The Iowa-born jazz master came up in a household immersed in music (he was named in honor of jazz trombonist Bill Harris). Studies with Rufus Reid at William Paterson University imparted Stewart with a versatile, yet instantly recognizable polyrhythmic approach. An unparalleled bandleader in his own right, Bill has always been a first-call sideman for greats like John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny and of course, Larry Goldings.

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Larry Goldings Trio

DATE: Thursday, December 15, 2011
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Sandy Sloan
(831) 427-2227
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