Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

The Artistry of the Jazz Trio
with William Susman, Frank Tusa & Vince Lateano

William Susman belongs to the generation of American composers that came of age in the late 20th century, received traditional academic training while remaining thoroughly engaged with popular music (in his case, jazz), and who went on to establish careers for themselves outside the academic establishment. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a master trio with Frank Tusa on bass and Vince Lateano on drums. **Very special guests will be performing with the Trio.**

Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188


William Susman a Chicago native, was trained in both classical and jazz piano. He studied at the University of Illinois with Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, and Ben Johnston, and was invited by Pierre Boulez to work at IRCAM. As a result of winning a BMI award in 1985 for his orchestral work Pentateuch, Susman was selected by Earle Brown to receive a commission from the Fromm Foundation, making him the youngest composer ever to be commissioned by the foundation. His composition for the Fromm, Trailing Vortices (1986), has received numerous international performances, and went on to win the Gaudeamus Award. His orchestral and chamber music has been widely performed, and his music has been played by soloists such as Joan Jeanrenaud, formerly of the Kronos Quartet, and Joseph Gramley of the Silk Road Ensemble. Susman's music is notable for his integration of a variety of influences, including the Western classical tradition, Afro-Cuban music, free jazz, and a variety of non-Western folk traditions. He has been especially active in the area of film scoring, focusing particularly on documentary films. At the 2005 Moondance Film Festival, he won the Seahorse/Best Score Award for Oil on Ice, and for Fate of the Lhapa in 2007. At the 2006 Park City Film Music Festival, he won the Gold Medal for Excellence/Jury Choice for Oil on Ice, and the Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival for Native New Yorker. susmanmusic.com

Bassist, composer, educator Frank Tusa has had a wide variety of recording, and performing experiences with such diverse artists as Art Blakey, Buddy Montgomery, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Pepper Adams, Shelly Manne, Bobby Hutcherson, Johnny Griffin, Herb Ellis, Art Farmer, Randy Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, John Abercrumbie, George Cables and many other great jazz artists. Tusa’s early recordings are with jazz legends Paul Bley, Don Cherry and Dave Liebman. Frank was one of the original members of Dave Liebman’s critically acclaimed group “Lookout Farm”. In 1980 Frank relocated to San Francisco after spending many years learning and working through the ranks of his native New York City scene. After arriving in San Francisco he very quickly became known as one of the finest musicians in the bay area and has been in constant demand for his solid rhythmic anchoring and eloquent melodic lines. He has also been very active in music education teaching at San Jose State University and Stanford University. franktusa.com

Vince Lateano is a jazz drummer who has toured with numerous great jazz musicians over the years, including Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Vince Guaraldi, and Stan Getz.Vince was born in Sacramento, California and was introduced to music by a family of musicians who lived close to him. He began playing the trumpet in the fourth grade, but switched to drums in the ninth grade and started playing pro. After a hitch in the US Army, he moved to San Francisco in 1966 and still resides there. Vince joined Cal Tjader's band in 1978, until Tjader died in 1982. Vince drummed on six of Tjader's albums. Vince can be found teaching percussion at the Monterey Jazz Festival education program during the summer and one of the most sought-after drummers in the Bay Area.