Arts | Music
Brad Mehldau (Solo Piano)
Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis and Clark College
0615 Southwest Palatine Hill Road
Oct. 27, 2017, 8 p.m.
Brad Mehldau is a five-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Mehldau studied music at The New School, and toured and recorded while still a student. He was a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman’s Quartet with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade in the mid-1990s, and has led his own trio since 1992. His trio have released a dozen albums under the pianist’s name.
Aspects of pop, rock, and classical music, including German Romanticism, have been absorbed into Mehldau’s writing and playing. Through his use of some traditional elements of jazz without being restricted by them, simultaneous playing of different melodies in separate hands, and incorporation of pop and rock pieces, Mehldau has influenced musicians in and beyond jazz in their approaches to writing, playing, and choice of repertoire. Mehldau has indeed forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop allure. For this special performance, the pianist will perform unaccompanied, bringing his lyrical and intimate playing style to the forefront, shining bright in all its glory.
“Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years…” – The New York Times