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Brad Mehldau Trio

  • Memorial Union Play Circle 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Jazz pianist and New School alumnus Brad Mehldau has led and collaborated in an array of jazz projects, in addition to his work in solo performance. Mehldau's history of noteworthy duos includes work with operatic vocalists such as soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter, mandolinist Chris Thile, and a particularly adventurous release with drummer Mark Guiliana. Mehldau performs here with a trio, which he has previously co-led as a quartet with guitarist Pat Metheny, includes bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. The ensemble has released a number of albums on Nonesuch, their most recent being Blues And Ballads, a compilation of covers. Many of Mehldau's reworkings have been in various pop realms, tackling anything from the standards and showtunes of Cole Porter to the Beatles, as well as less obvious choices for a jazz pianist, such as songs by Soundgarden or Radiohead. Mehldau's status as a key proponent in current jazz piano is defined by his adventurous yet accessible take on both the standards and contemporaries. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: December 2
The Crazies (free)
Later Event: December 3
Talk To Her (free)