Brad Mehldau Trio Launches 6 Night Residency at Village Vanguard

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Wednesday January 04, 2012

Brad Mehldau kicks off the New Year in style when he joins his Trio’“featuring bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard’“for a six-night residency at New York City’s famed Village Vanguard, starting tonight and running through Sunday, with two sets each night. “[T]his iteration of his pace-setting trio,” writes the New York Times music critic Nate Chinen in recommending this week’s shows, “has evolved into a graceful powerhouse, equally savvy about groove and harmony. There’s still no better place to hear the band than the Village Vanguard, a special room for Mr. Mehldau and for his devoted base.”

The New Yorker writes of this week’s residency: “The pianist Brad Mehldau, who recently released a deluxe boxed set documenting the breakthrough years of his first celebrated trio, is joined by the bassist from those days, Larry Grenadier, but a different drummer, Jeff Ballard, who has proved to be a brilliant replacement for the original percussionist, Jorge Rossy.”

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