With four critically acclaimed albums (named to Top 10 lists by Jazziz, Jazz Times, and the New York Times) and a bestselling textbook (The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing) to his name, David Berkman has quietly become one of today’s most respected jazz pianists.
Berkman served apprenticeships in the 1990s with Tom Harrell, the Vanguard Orchestra, and Cecil McBee, and he's performed with such luminaries as Sonny Stitt, Joe Lovano, and Dave Douglas. He's had an especially long and fruitful relationship with drummer Matt Wilson, who appeared here with Trio M and Marty Ehrlich earlier this year. (He was also the arranger for vocalist Jane Monheit's first two albums, and played Fender Rhodes alongside Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier--not to mention Norah Jones, Saul Williams, and Jamaican deejay U-Roy--in the trip-hop/downtempo collective Wax Poetic.)
Although Berkman has devoted more and more time to his talents as an educator in recent years, he has also toured extensively abroad, and we're catching him between stints in Europe and Asia--with a stopover at the Jazz Standard in New York. We've been fans of his subtle playing and inventive compositions for many years, and we're glad to have coaxed him out our way for his first tour of California.
Berkman's young trio is rounded out by bassist Joe Martin, a member of guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel's group (and about whom AllAboutJazz enthuses, "he doesn't just make his instrument walk or run, he makes it dance and leap") and drummer Ted Poor, who anchors groups led by guitarist Ben Monder and trumpeter Cuong Vu.
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Tickets ($15 General
Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here
at our website, or
(after April 11th) at The Metro, People's Records, and The Works.
David Berkman will also
present a FREE public workshop entitled "Creative Practice, Jazz Standards, the Trio, the Cosmos, and You" on Wednesday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Studio Theater (Theatre Arts 115) on
the HSU campus.
Listen to an audio stream of music by David Berkman: