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Friday, March 18 • 12:00am - 1:00am
Alex Skolnick Trio

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Alex Skolnick Trio Bio As pioneers of a harder hitting alternative form of straight up Jazz, New York City based Alex Skolnick Trio (AST) bends genre and form of seemingly disparate bebop jazz standards and originals with a highly cerebral balls-out take on arena hard rock and metal staples reconceived from the jazz harmonic perspective. Comfortable in blurring the stylings of Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Joe Pass and Pat Martino with Black Sabbath and Rush, Mssrs. Alex Skolnick (guitar and vocals), Matt Zebroski (drums), Nathan Peck (acoustic standup bass) are stellar virtuoso artists who live for the thrill of playing challenging music in front of their fans. Conceived as a sharp three piece ensemble that draws upon the musical wanderings of Alex, who is the world-renowned lead guitarist and founding member of Testament, one of the most influential metal/thrash bands of all time. He is also a member of Trans Siberian Orchestra; the wildly popular rock opera whose musical style is described as symphonic rock meets classical music with a touch of Metal. Not to mention, that Alex is featured in a number of side projects including performing on the soundtrack for the hit Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, as a live guitarist for Grease – the Broadway show, and has been brought on stage to perform with his friends, the acoustic act, Rodrigo & Gabriella. Along with Kirk Hammett, Charlie Hunter and Steve Vai, Alex has the profound distinction of being one of the more successful individual students of uber-guitar-hero Joe Satriani. The original formation of AST began when Matt meet Alex in 2001 as music students at the prestigious New York City university, The New School, while both were pursuing degrees in Jazz. In Sep 2003, Nathan was brought in to replace the departing John Davis, who wanted to focus exclusively on playing indie rock music. As Matt grew up with Nathan in Pittsburgh and he knew that Nathan was a killer jazz player (sideman to Jazz notables Maynard Ferguson, Maria Maldaur, and others), he made sure that Nathan was the top priority for the Trio in solidifying the lineup. The Trio clicked immediately and soon embarked upon the Guitarevolution tour, sharing the bill with ex-Megadeth guitarists Marty Freidman and Chris Poland in a series of West Coast dates, winning over a primarily virtuoso instrumental rock and metal fan based audience. With a brand new record, "Veritas" releasing in March 2011 (Palmetto/Megaforce) AST sets a whole new agenda with an artistic vision that challenges notions of contemporary Jazz should sound like. Though the record clearly shows that AST continues to draw in their listeners with Hall/Pass & Wes inspired instrumental tunes, AST has added a depth and intensity normally only found in rock records and then, on stand out remixed track "Bollywood Jam" liberally added in electronica and beefy club driven drum and bass loops and lead a new path to a form of Jazz that absolutely kicks out the jams just to mix things up a bit. This is adventurous leap into the frontiers of exciting new Jazz oriented rock music. The previous eight years have seen three Alex Skolnick Trio records produced, Last Day in Paradise 2007 (Magna Carta), Transformation 2004 (Magna Carta), their debut recording Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation 2004 (Skol Productions) The international music press has been immediately receptive and effervescent in their support of the Trio. Since the debut, AST had had an entire Jazz notes column in Billboard, honored with 4 ½ stars by Downbeat, reviewed by Jazziz, The Village Voice and has charted on the JazzWeek radio charts. Typical of a comment by an AST fan (in this case, Kirk Hammett of Metallica) as recently proclaimed in Guitar World magazine when speaking about AST: “Love them. I love his work. What Alex is doing by putting heavy metal songs in a jazz context is completely refreshing. His take on "Detroit Rock City" blew me away; that song has never sounded better to me. And when you think about, the old jazz standards were the pop music of their time, so Alex has updated the notion of what a standard is, and it's opened up all the current music to interpretation.” Alex, Nathan and Matt have performed at such notable music industry conferences as CMJ and SXSW, and has toured in the United States, Canada, Europe, the UK and Oceania. They've appeared live on XM Satellite Radio, Fox Morning News, Brother Wease, and many other radio stations including WNEW (New York), WCPN (Cleveland) and WGMC (Rochester). Live AST performs a compelling mix of live music and typically intersperses half the set of original compositions, with arrangements of classic Metal-Rockified Jazz music by Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Pink Floyd, Rush, Sabbath, Dio and more, most of which have been thoroughly road tested by the boys. 2011 promises to be an exciting year for the trio as they prepare for a new record and focus on building their American and European audiences

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Alex Skolnick Trio

Alex Skolnick Trio Bio As pioneers of a harder hitting alternative form of straight up Jazz, New York City based Alex Skolnick Trio (AST) bends genre and form of seemingly disparate bebop jazz standards and originals with a highly cerebral balls-out take on arena hard rock and metal... Read More →

Friday March 18, 2011 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
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