Bruce Barth Trio at the Stockholm Jazz Festival
Bruce was born in Pasadena in 1958. When he was 8, he and his family moved to Harrison, N.Y. As a youngster, Bruce listened to all kinds of music, but he especially recalls that early Mose Allison sent him straight to the piano to try to figure out what Mose was playing. He later studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. At 30, Bruce moved to Brooklyn, his headquarters to this day.
Bruce's friendships are important to him. The late pianist James Williams was a friend. Sadly, James died in Brooklyn on the day of this concert in Stockholm. Saxophonist Steve Wilson is another. Bruce produced Steve's CD Soulful Song (MAXJAZZ) and wrote "Wilsonian Alto" for Steve. He also works with the singers Luciana Souza and Roz Corral, and has produced CDs in the MAXJAZZ Singers Series.
In an interview with Jazz 88's Monifa Brown on WBGO/Newark, Bruce said that jazz has taught him to try to be honest and in the moment, to study the craft and listen and practice, but then it comes down to playing what you have inside. His commitment to this approach comes through in Stockholm. It's must-hear radio.
"Wilsonian Alto" (demonstrating two Brazilian rhythms)
"Muddy Waters" by Dave Stryker
"Big Sky"/"At the Ranch"
"Summer Night" by Al Dubin and Harry Warren
Bruce Barth, piano
Ugonna Okegwo, bass
Montez Coleman, drums
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