A Tale of Two Trios, Two Cities: Jason Yeager Trio and the ''Words Beyond Trio'' featuring Alon Nechushtan (Israel / U.S.A)
They've never met, and yet pianists Jason Yeager and Alon Nechushtan share much in common. Having both spent formative years in the Boston area, both studied at New England Conservatory. Nechushtan and Yeager are now making unique and exciting contributions to the bustling New York jazz scene. So it's fitting that they make a joint return to the Boston area.
Says Michael Moran, founder and executive director of Amazing Things, "Two New York City Piano trios. Very chic. The music is every bit as exciting as the concept!"
Nechushtan and Yeager's groups reflect another commonality - Israel. While the former is a native of that country, Yeager has worked with numerous Israeli musicians in Boston and New York, most notably the bassist/composer Tal Gamlieli, who performed on and co-produced Yeager's debut CD, Ruminations. That recording was released on Greg Osby's independent record label, Inner Circle Music, in 2011 and called "one of 2011,s most impressive debuts" by the Boston Globe. Meanwhile, Nechushtan's unique incorporation of Middle Eastern musical elements into his own sound contributes to a burgeoning scene of Israeli jazz musicians based in NYC.
"I'm really looking forward to sharing the stage with Alon, as his music is original, swinging and he has a great sound and touch on the piano. I think our bands complement each other very well," Yeager says.
Nechushtan has released records on the celebrated Tzadik and Ayler labels, and has led bands around the world, including concerts in Israel, Europe, Canada, and the United States. His latest recording is World's Beyond which was named best album in the Jazz Category in the 2011 Independent Music Awards. All About Jazz called Nechushtan "a fantastic pianist-composer with abundant chemistry and boundless eclecticism." His adventurous compositions are inspired by everything from Mendelssohn to Keith Jarrett to Thelonious Monk and beyond.
Ticket Prices: $18 (Stu/Sen $17, Mem $15 Child U12 $9)