Cristofer Gross (a.k.a. Theaterealtor), a realtor, theatre fanatic and fellow jazz enthusiast, has recently published an article in Squeeze O.C. on some notable jazz youth in the Southland. He focuses particularly on the Black Note Trio, a group from the Orange County High School of the Arts under the direction of Bijon Watson.
The members of the Black Note Trio began playing before they were 10 years old. [Dan] Reckard is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, while [Cindy] Gould, a Corona resident, moves easily between symphony, musical theater and pop drumming. [Tyler] Hindsley, an Anaheim resident, has extensive studio work under his belt, including his all-bass re-orchestration of Pat Metheny's "Minuano," and has appeared with artists in various genres.Check out the full story here.
This trio took me completely by surprise earlier this year at KKJZ's L.A. High School Jazz Festival. I announced their act but, since I hadn't heard all the demo tapes sent to us prior to the festival, I wasn't sure what to expect. They absolutely blew me away. They sounded as sure-footed as any jazz trio on the L.A. A-list. The standout tune was Tamir Hendelman's arrangement of "I Concentrate on You," complete with the syncopated left-hand-piano-and-bass lines. There were also some remarkable moments in a Miles Davis medley that included "All Blues" and "Seven Steps to Heaven," a great feature for their fluid technique. Reckard has a big sound (think Gene Harris meets Ahmad Jamal) plus some serious chops. Hindsley and Gould were in lock-step and very supportive, but they also shined in their own solos. Hindsley's made expert use of harmonics (he got the award for Outstanding Bassist that night), and Gould's drumming has a hint of the "snap" and the momentum that players like Eric Harland and Terri Lyne Carrington have. They recently took no prisoners in our Ones to Watch performance series.
Keep an eye on them. For those interested in all things theatrical (and jazz-related), keep an eye on the Theaterealtor blog, Synchroniciting, too.