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Bruce Barth Trio + Terell Stafford

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Bruce Barth (piano), Mark Hodgson (double bass), Stephen Keogh (drums), Terell Stafford (trumpet)

Born in California but bred in the New York scene, Bruce Barth is a pianist lauded by many as one of the leading lights in recent decades. Backed by solid training yet still at a very young age, he set out on a professional career alongside hallowed musicians like Stanley Turrentine, Terence Blanchard and Stan Getz. He was the pianist and music director with the backing group of legendary singer Tony Bennett and has featured on the soundtracks of movies helmed by Spike Lee.

A long-standing recipient of critical acclaim, The New York Times listed him amongst the most interesting pianists of his generation. Barth has an extensive catalogue of albums with different labels, has performed at festivals worldwide and enjoys profound respect and admiration among critics, musicians and audiences on all continents.

Piano legend McCoy Tyner hailed Terell Stafford as one of the great trumpet players of our time. Apart from being an ace on his instrument, today Stafford is Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, one of the world’s top Jazz schools. A musical education starting from an early age has led him to play on the projects of musicians including Wynton Marsalis and John Faddis. A strong personal flair, undeniably prodigious style and impressive ability to express the great Afro-American musical tradition in his language with a contemporary slant make this musician an exponent of today’s Jazz. His career as a bandleader has earned him universal recognition and today his presence on the stage undoubtedly confirms the trumpet as one of the essential instruments of Jazz.

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