Sunday, September 27, 2015

Richard Sears Trio - "Skyline" CD Release

Pianist Richard Sears celebrates the release of his first recording for Fresh Sound Records. This performance will feature Sears's original compositions and jazz standards. Joining Richard will be Zach Ostroff on bass and Evan Hughs on drums. 

Richard Sears Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 3:00pm
This concert is $20 | $10 w/ student ID (suggested donation).

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.




Great jazz performances take a listener to a realm that’s both intimately familiar and bracingly new. This exceptional young trio led by Los Gatos-raised pianist Richard Sears dwells in that sweet spot between tradition and discovery. Focusing on Sears’ beautifully wrought original compositions, Skyline is a response to the lush beauty and grandeur of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where it was recorded. Beyond the idyllic studio setting, Sears draws deep inspiration from the company he’s been keeping. He recently recorded his six-part suite for drum legend Tootie Heath commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. And one week before this session he filled in for Ethan Iverson in the quartet of drum maestro Billy Hart. The story Skyline tells is really about jazz itself and the way that sensitive musicians can respond to each other and their immediate surroundings. While many of his contemporaries are casting a wide net for influences, Sears and his bandmates are savvy post-bop explorers dedicated to expanding the jazz idiom from within.”
- Andrew Gilbert writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News

Richard Sears is a jazz pianist and composer, living in Los Angeles, California. Richard has performed/recorded with Chick Corea, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Tootie Heath, Billy Hart, Ben Street, Chuck Israels, Roy McCurdy, and Ambrose Akinmusire. In 2013 he was commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society to compose a suite of music to honor legendary jazz drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, which premiered at the Angel City Jazz Festival in October of 2013. Richardcompeted as one of five finalists in the both the 2012 and 2013 International Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competitions. 

Richard Sears is a fierce young pianist – exploding with technique, energy, and art”

– Brick Wahl | LA Weekly