Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio

with Larry Grenadier
& Jeff Ballard

Friday, May 18, 8:00pm
at YBCA Forum

Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio

Over the past two decades, no artist has done more to extend and refine the piano trio’s possibilities than Brad Mehldau. With two brilliant Northern California-raised compatriots, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, he’s forged a strikingly beautiful group sound distinguished by a flexible approach in which the players continuously trade roles, often eschewing traditional bass and drum solos while elaborating on the form of a song. Whether playing his own stunning compositions, Thelonious Monk classics, American Songbook standards, or more contemporary tunes by Nick Drake, Radiohead or the Beatles, Mehldau has a gift for long, emotionally arching improvisations. Last year, Carnegie Hall made Mehldau the first jazz musician ever appointed to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. But wherever his musical travels take him, the pianist always returns to the creative cauldron of the acoustic trio format. His new Nonesuch release, Ode, is a ravishing collection of original music and his first studio recording with the trio in seven years. Known for selecting different repertoire on each night of an engagement, this SFJAZZ run provides a rare chance to hear a wide cross-section of their recent material.

Note: Each performance will feature different repertoire.

Artist Personnel

Brad Mehldau piano
Larry Grenadier bass
Jeff Ballard drums

Artist Website

"The elliptical lines, volatile rhythmic figures and unexpected bursts of color and dissonance prove that Mehldau writes as cleverly as he plays. " — Chicago Tribune
"One of the most consistently fascinating voices in current jazz. " — JazzTimes