The Hal Galper Trio will present an evening of free-wheeling, improvised jazz on Thursday, March 6th at 7:30pm in the CSI Fine Arts Recital Hall. The trio (pianist Hal Galper, bassist Jeff Johnson, drummer John Bishop) is touring in support of their latest CD release, Airegin Revisited (Origin 82628).
Pianist Hal Galper entered the Berklee School of Music in Boston on a scholarship in 1955 and studied technique with the famous Madam Chaloff. He began his professional career with trumpeter Chet Baker and then went on to be an integral part of the bands of Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. Galper also worked with Sam Rivers, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Roy Eldridge and many other major jazz figures. In the 1970s his first group as a leader (the Hal Galper Quintet with Randy and Michael Brecker) debuted at Sweet Basil in New York’s Greenwich Village, eventually recording four albums including Reach Out, Speak with a Single Voice, Children of the Night and Redux 78. Galper is a leader not only as a performer but also as an educator, with emphasis on theory, performance and the worldly side of music as a profession. He is on the faculties of Purchase Conservatory and the New School of Jazz And Contemporary Music. His series of trio albums for Origin Records featuring bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop incorporates his development of Rubato playing as a means of melding melodic lyricism with the rhythmic excitement and “sound of surprise” of the bebop tradition.
The adventurousness and technical brilliance of Hal Galper’s artistry have made him one of the busiest and most admired pianists in modern jazz. Here are recent critical comments on recordings by his trio with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop (both of whom will be performing with him at the CSI concert):
“Central to the group’s approach is the releasing of inhibitions and the willingness to embrace and follow the paths spontaneity presents. Each player simultaneously fills the soloist and accompanist roles.” —Downbeat
“Galper sometimes opts for the fluid, lyrical sensibility popularized by stylists like Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. But on other occasions he works in an edgier mode. His trio…is superbly interactive.” —Jazz Times
The concert is open to the public free of charge. Donations to benefit the CSI jazz program will be gladly accepted at the door.