The Baird, Black and White Trio, with Roger Baird on drums and featuring stellar pianist Miles Black and bassist par excellence Scott White, will perform at Studio Live, 2679 Beaufort Ave. in Cumberland on Saturday, Aug. 23.
The trio is a melding of three of Canada’s most creative musical minds. The musicians take inspiration from a multitude of influences and use their improvisatory skills to create a unique musical tapestry.
Baird has performed and recorded around the world in a career that spans 40 years. He was active in the ‘70s New York Loft scene. During the late-1980s and ’90s he performed and recorded as sideman and bandleader with some of the world’s most adventurous musicians, including Marilyn Crispell, Glenn Spearman, Walter Wierbos, Dr. Umezu and Lisle Ellis. His melodic style of drumming brings a fresh vision to the instrument.
Black’s playing has been compared to the likes of piano greats Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. His performance is melodic, creative and spellbinding. The list of jazz greats he has played or recorded with includes Maynard Ferguson and Harry “Sweets” Edison, among others. This is a rare opportunity to see Miles play in an environment where his creativity and musicality shine in a new light.
White left Canada to become the musical director, bandleader and bass player for Berlin’s Cirque du Soleil. A gifted bassist, Scott is entertaining to hear and watch. His sound palette encompasses many unorthodox percussive and melodic effects. His improvisational talents and virtuosity on the bass shine in the context of the BBW Trio.
Seating is limited.
Advance tickets are $12, available at Bop City Records in Courtenay and Riders Pizza in Cumberland.
Admission at the door is $15.
The show starts at 8 p.m.