Baird, Black & White Trio

Aug 11

$15 in advance, $20 at door
Denman Community Hall

Baird, Black & White Trio

The Baird, Black and White Trio is a melding of three of Canada’s most creative musical minds and features Roger Baird on drums, stellar pianist Miles Black and bassist par excellence Scott White. The trio take inspiration from a multitude of influences and use their improvisatory skills to create a unique musical tapestry.

Roger Baird has performed and recorded around the world in a career that spans 45 years. He was active in the 70’s New York Loft scene as a founding member of The Music Ensemble. In 1980 he played and recorded with Louis Armfield’s Spiritual Jazz Quintet in Amsterdam. During the late eighties and nineties he performed/recorded as sideman and bandleader with some of Canada’s most adventurous musicians as well as with US, European and Japanese artists, including Marilyn Crispell, Glenn Spearman, Walter Wierbos , Dr. Umezu and Lisle Ellis. His atmospheric style of drumming brings a fresh vision to the instrument.

Miles Black’s playing has been compared to the likes of piano greats, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. His performance is melodic, creative and spellbinding. The list of jazz greats he has played or recorded with is too long to list in entirety but includes Maynard Ferguson, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Slide Hampton, Dee Daniels, Oliver Gannon, The Paul Horn Band, Chuck Israels, Max Roach, Lew Tabackin, and Houston Person. This is a rare opportunity to see Miles play in an environment where his creativity and musicality shine in a completely new light.

Now living in Berlin, Scott White left Canada to become the Musical Director, bandleader and bass player for Berlin’s Cirque du Soleil. A gifted bassist, he now tours around Europe and North America collaborating with many renowned musicians in styles ranging from Russian Folk and Gypsy Swing to Free Jazz.. Scott is a very entertaining player to hear and watch. His sound palette encompasses many unorthodox percussive and melodic effects. He is a virtuoso with an unmatched playing style. Scott’s improvisational talents and virtuosity on the bass shine in the context of the BBW Trio.

The trio has released one CD, Spirit Door, as well as a DVD and has been featured twice on Shaw cable TV. What others have to say about the CD, Spirit Door, recorded live at the Denman Hall:

subtle, cerebral music with its own spirit and sense of intimate group dialogue” Stuart Broomer CODA magazine.

An atmospheric delight with superb musicianship from all in the band members, this album will become a favourite. I love it!” Barry O’Sullivan (Producer/Presenter) A Jazz Hour which is broadcast weekly across Australia via the CRN to over 180 stations.

Advance tickets ($15) are available at Abraxas Books and The Denman Island General Store, or $20 at the door.