Craig Larson Trio
with special guests Jay Lawrence and Tully Cathy
March 28, 7:30 pm at the Gallivan Center – Free Admission
Pianist Craig Larson was born in Preston, Idaho, to parents who encouraged his involvement in music at a very early age. At age fourteen he was playing regularly with his father’s band–mostly for dances, where he learned a lot about tempos and good, solid time. Craig draws extensively from the great American songbook, adding his own distinctive harmonies and rhythmic nuances to those familiar melodies. “Music should connect with the heart, mind and feet”, he says, “and put smiles on peoples faces and some joy in their souls. We try to keep things accessible and satisfying”.
The Craig Larson Trio has been a mainstay on the Salt Lake City jazz scene for some 40 years, performing over the years with notable jazz instrumentalists Frank Vignola, Ron Eschete, Ron Anthony, Ken Peplowski, Carl Fontana and Kai Winding. The trio has produced five CD’s, including the newly released “East of The Sun”. The current edition of the trio consists of Larson on piano, his son Matt Larson on bass, with Doug James on drums.
In its review of the Craig Larson Trio CD, “Legacy”, Cadence Magazine, said “…the Craig Larson Trio is a perfectly swinging group, flexible, warm, comfortable. If you know the tradition this trio comes from, you will not only take pleasure in what you hear, but admire the wrong choices not made the excesses avoided. I was happily reminded of the Nat Cole Trio: subtle, sweetly acoustic, urging but steady…”
On March 28, 2013, the trio will appear in the Excellence in the Community concert series at the Gallivan Center in a musical tribute to the late, great jazz pianist George Shearing. In an effort to recreate the incomparable George Shearing Quintet “sound”, the trio will feature guitarist Tully Cathey and percussionist/vibraphonist Jay Lawrence as their special guests. Larson states, “for years, I have been an ardent fan and student of Shearing’s music. With his recent passing, I thought it would be appropriate and timely to pay tribute to him and his musical contributions to the world.”