Best Richmond Jazz Artist or Group 

First Place: The David Esleck Trio

Search Facebook for the David Esleck Trio

Second Place: No BS Brass

Third Place: Butcher Brown

Its repeat appearance as Richmond’s top jazz group is a tribute to the David Esleck Trio’s commitment to charming accessibility. The harmonic and rhythmic intensity of some improvised music can seem impenetrable. But pianist and University of Richmond professor Esleck has an engagingly transparent, melodic approach drawn from decades of professional experience in classical, country and rock music. Some of the top sidemen in the area have floated through the trio of the years. Currently, he’s ably supported by Kip Williams, an eclectic drummer who transgresses genre as leader of jazzy BopNation and classic rock band East of Eden. Jason Jenkins is one of the area’s prime bassists, and anchor of a long-term Saturday night gig at the Barrel Thief, one of the city’s unsung best-of musical secrets.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Copyright © 2017 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation