On Saturday, October 1st at 8 pm, one of the area’s most prolific jazz pianist will be making his debut at Pausa Art House. JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, presents jazz pianist Douglas “Trigger” Gaston in a tribute to Red Garland.
Gaston is a pillar in the local and national jazz community as a performer, composer, and arranger. He appears with the Jazz Example Fridays at the famous Anchor Bar. He has been featured nationally and internationally with a diverse cross section of musical artists, including Frank Foster, Clifford Jordan, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jerry González; rhythm and blues artists Brook Benton, Mary Wells, and Eddie Kendricks; and actor/comedian Redd Foxx.
In this event, “Trigger” will pay tribute to the piano genius of Red Garland, including music Garland performed in collaboration with percussionist Ray Barretto. Joining Gaston will be bassist Sabu Adeyola, drummer Abdul-Rahman Qadir, and percussionist Tony Zambito. An event piano jazz lovers will not want to miss!
Red Garland was one of the true giants of jazz. Until his passing in 1984 at the age of 60, Garland produced an endearing body of work in jazz piano. Most notable, in trio settings. Where his lyrical style of play made him a favorite of jazz fans throughout the world.
As a child, he studied the saxophone. It was not until he was in the Army during the Second World War that he learned to play the piano. In 1947, he found himself at the Down Beat Club in Philadelphia backing up none other than Charlie Parker. By the early years of the 1950’s, Garland began playing with Coleman Hawkins and then Lester Young. The pivotal year was in 1955 when Miles Davis asked him to record on his Musings Of Miles Album.
This began an association with Miles through the mid-fifties in what many call Miles Davis’s first great quartet with bassist Paul Chambers, saxophonist John Coltrane, and drummer Philly “Joe” Jones. It was during this time period and in several recording sessions on the Prestige label that Red Garland developed his unique playing style. Lyrical in nature and with a swing style. Embellishing with right-hand chord enhancements that gave him a unique appeal.
Post-Miles, Garland found himself leading mostly trio sessions and recorded straight-ahead piano jazz that proved to be audience favorites for nearly three decades. Including two albums with percussionist Ray Barretto in a Trio + setting where Barretto introduced his unique straight-ahead style of percussion playing.
This Saturday promises to be a chance for the JazzBuffalo community to hear one of the area’s top jazz pianist bring us the music of Red Garland. Join in on this special JazzBuffalo presentation on Saturday, October 1st at 8 pm. Admission is $10 and students $7 with a valid ID.
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