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Buster Williams, Lenny White, Noah Haidu Trio - Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Keith Jarrett's Standard Trio

Tue, May 21 -
Wed, May 22, 2024

$35.50 ($9.00 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

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Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes jazz pianist Noah Haidu with jazz icons bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White for two nights on tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Keith Jarrett’s great Standards Trio and Noah’s 2023 album Standards. Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night. This show is supported by KNKX.

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Noah Haidu has arrived as an important new voice in jazz who combines modernism, soul, and swing into his own unique approach. New York’s rising star pianist Noah Haidu joins forces with jazz icons Buster Williams and Lenny White in support of his resplendently expressive 2023 album Standards. This recording and tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of Keith Jarrett’s great Standards Trio.

Haidu’s Standards release was included in Downbeat magazine’s Best Albums of the year issue (Jan 2022) and was called a “stunning and heartfelt tribute” in that publication.

SLOWLY was released on the heels of another groundbreaking work: Noah’s multimedia project DOCTONE which was the subject of an NPR feature heard around the country and was showcased by the legendary writer Nate Chinen on the show “All Songs Considered.” DOCTONE, an album of pianist Kenny Kirkland’s music was released in tandem with a book by Haidu on Kirkland’s life, and a documentary short film which Haidu produced.

Noah’s work as a composer is at the forefront of his third album named one of DownbeatM/i> magazine’s “Best Albums of 2017.” Entitled INFINITE DISTANCES, this opus is centered around Haidu’s 6-part suite for quintet which stretches stylistic boundaries: dizzying rhythmic pirouettes land alternatively on lush melodic material and cutting-edge harmonies. This release earned Noah a rare 4½ star review in Downbeat which went on to hail him as an “innovative composer” and called the project “a sumptuous record which swings and grooves with far out moments.

Noah began classical piano lessons in Urbana, Illinois at age 6 at the request of his parents. Noah was initially inspired by his uncle, concert pianist Ian Hobson. His high school years were spent in New Jersey and Los Angeles, where he was increasingly drawn to jazz and blues piano. Later, Noah studied with pianist Kenny Barron at Rutgers University. Inspired by Kenny, Noah sat in at jazz clubs in Barron’s hometown of Philadelphia several nights a week, then left college at age 20 for New York City. Other mentors included Bill Charlap, Bruce Barth, Barry Harris, and David Hazeltine.

Noah completed his BFA at the New School University and Master’s Degree at SUNY, Purchase.

A versatile drummer, Lenny White is still best-known for being part of Chick Corea’s Return To Forever in the 1970’s. White was self-taught on drums and he largely started his career on top, playing regularly with Jackie McLean (1968) and recording “Bitches Brew” with Miles Davis in 1969. White was soon working with some of the who’s who of jazz including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, Stanley Clarke and Stan Getz among others. As a member of Return To Forever during 1973-76, White gained a strong reputation as one of the top fusion drummers, but he was always versatile enough to play in many settings.

Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, McCoy Tyner, Nancy Wilson, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, The Jazz Crusaders, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Lee Morgan, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, and Freddie Hubbard to name a few.


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