May 11, 2011
Acoustic piano, except when the gig doesn't have one, in which case it's a NORD Electro4-HP, but also play Hammond XK3-c.
I like to play standards (including modal and cycle of fifths). Biggest influences are the post-bop styles of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Michel Petrucciani, David Hazeltine, Dave Peck, Eliane Elias, and Andy LaVerne.
I play piano in jazz trios including the Steve Jones Trio featuring Paul Storz (bs) and Brad Papineau (dr). Adding horns (sax, trumpet) is fun too; I get to lay back and let the horns take the lead. At jam sessions I play piano. I'm hosting vocal jams to get more accompanist chops; it's a lot of fun too.
I know the jazz scales/chords and modes, most consonant scales, cycle of fifths reharmonization, tritone & diminished chord substitution, and how to get at the underlying structure of a tune from a typical real book chart. I took piano from Seattle's own Dave Peck (Earshot Hall of Fame) and Darin Clendenin.
I play from lead sheets like the real books, but don't sight-read legit piano music.
I started this group to get out and play more with people. Married, retired early as technologist / entrepreneur in Bellevue, love jazz. Passionate, driven, like organizing groups, looking for fun and growth as a musician.
This group is a ton of fun!