Come hear one of the West Coast's finest and critically acclaimed jazz groups at Studio Grand as The Empty Cage Quartet stop in on their 2015 West Coast Tour. Opening the show will be local legends The Lost Trio celebrating 21 years of music making with an all new set of original compositions by Phillip Greenlief and Dan Seamans.

The Lost Trio

The Lost Trio was formed in 1994 by Phillip Greenlief, Dan Seamans & Tom Hassett and stepped into existence with a steady every Thursday night gig at The Rose Pistola in San Francisco's North Beach district. This residency was followed by four year stint on Sundays at Cato's Ale House in Oakland. The Lost Trio has a history of touring that has focused on venues up and down the west coast, where they have also enjoyed many live radio appearances and in-store performances. The groups' repertoire began with a program of mainly standards by Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and others before veering into other sources. Since then, the group has fashioned a very unique collection of over 600 songs that range from composers as diverse as Hank Williams, Nino Rota, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, Billy Stranhorn, Mel Tillis, The Grateful Dead, and PJ Harvey; not to mention numerous original compositions by Lost Trio members Phillip Greenlief and Dan Seamans.

"Though every Bay Area jazz fan knows the Lost Trio, we get 'em only about once a year, so consider this anniversary epiphany an occasion. Bassist Dan Seamans' meditative introduction to Radiohead's muezzinlike "Pyramid Song" eases you into Boxcar Samovar, the trio's new masterwork; his caressing touch, coupled with phrasing that's the aural equivalent of eye contact, announces the group's philosophy. Drummer Tom Hassett flicks like chopsticks on the ride cymbal and rolls almost submliminally on the toms through tunes by Monk, Strayhorn and Carla Bley. Admirers of Mark Turner or Joe Lovano should soak up Phillip Greenlief's golden tone, shaded dynamics and backlit line conception, and see if he's not blowing the most tenor of anybody right now, evoking 'Trane and Shepp while remaining all Greenlief." - Greg Burk, LA WEEKLY

Philip Greenlief, tenor saxophone
Dan Seamans, bass
Tom Hassett, drums

Full Bio

Empty Cage Quartet

The Empty Cage Quartet has been consistently praised as one of the most powerful and original new jazz groups to emerge from the American West Coast. For over a decade they have explored new ways to integrate a diverse mix of musical influences, from traditional forms to contemporary experimental practices. The result is a continually evolving, multidimensional approach to jazz and new music performance, improvisational acuity, and compositional craft that Amazing Sounds Magazine has described as an “urban folk music of the future.”

Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Kris Tiner, trumpet
Ivan Johnson, bass
Paul Kikuchi, drums


$10-$15 sliding scale



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