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Trio Antipodes

Trio Antipodes

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The Yardbird Suite has been Edmonton's jazz venue since 1957.  It is the performance venue of the Edmonton Jazz Society, and is  an intimate,…

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From Winnipeg and Brandon


Keith Price - guitar
Jeff Presslaff – piano
Graydon Cramer – drums

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019
Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $22.00 for EJS members; $26.00 for non-members/guests


Trio Antipodes is a highly expressive, improvisational trio of guitar, piano and drums. It features Graydon Cramer on drums, Jeff Presslaff on piano and Keith Price on guitar. The name refers literally and metaphorically to its wide reach — from Manitoba to Auckland, and from detailed composition to freewheeling blowing.

After years of playing together in different settings and configurations, Cramer, Presslaff, and Price decided to further explore their shared sensibilities and musical tastes in the form of a bass-less trio. The experiment showed tremendous potential from the outset and allowed each to explore melody, harmony, range, and functional roles in new and exciting ways. This project presents the three artists in a format of constantly morphing arrangements and improvisation that is both free and structured and also serves as a vehicle for their own unique compositional voices. Each of the group’s tunes aims to tell a story with beautiful arcs of energy and interaction that engage and captivate throughout.

Keith Price is a guitarist and composer who learned his first chords from his grandfather on a dark-red hollow-bodied guitar. At age fifteen, the rawness and intensity of John Coltrane’s expression drew him into the world of jazz. He currently teaches jazz studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Keith’s brilliant fusions of jazz, grunge and other popular music is well-known nationally and internationally.

Pianist Jeff Presslaff is fast closing in on his 50th year of professional music. Born in New York City, he caught the tail end of the great mid-20th century jazz flourishing, hearing such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Roy Eldridge and Benny Goodman at a very young age. He has since been able to play with many of his childhood idols including Benny Carter, Frank Foster and Curtis Fuller. Jeff is considered one of Canada’s premier jazz composers, and is well-known to Canadian audiences through his writing and playing with Papa Mambo, The Complete Rebirth of the Cool and his various small groups.

Graydon Carter is a highly sought after drummer and music educator based in Brandon, Manitoba and is a founding member of the Winnipeg Jazz Collective. Graydon is a long-standing faculty member at the International Music Camp and maintains a private teaching studio in addition to performing.

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