Veteran pianist / composer LEE SHAW performs a special concert featuring her trio - bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Siegel - and special guest JOHN MEDESKI on SUNDAY, APRIL 5, at 7:30 PM at "the Egg" Center for the Performing Arts in Albany, NY. Tickets $24. Box office (518) 473-1845.
MEDESKI, of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame, studied with Shaw for a few years starting at age 13 and calls her one of his most beloved piano teachers. "She's a fantastic pianist and an incredible musical mind."
SHAW, a youthful octogenarian who studied with Oscar Peterson and worked with countless jazz luminaries including Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones, Chico Hamilton, Pepper Adams, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Richard Davis, Slam Stewart, Major Holly, and Eddie Jones, recently released a "LIVE IN GRAZ" which has earned wide acclaim:
"At age 82, pianist Lee Shaw is one of the unsung elders of jazz… Her harmonic language is expansive, her time impeccable, her touch divine." - Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
"…rich, expressive palette. A modest, irresistible person of immodest, irrepressible talent, she comes across both in the interview and at the keyboard as an artist who had a virtually religious calling for jazz, come what may." - Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant
"She does not sound like any of her predecessors... relaxed tempos…gentle but not lacking inner fire." - Scott Yanow, Jazziz
"Shaw's own playing style has the same elegant, lyrical approach shared by pianists [Billy] Taylor, Errol Garner, and Ahmad Jamal. Shaw - like Taylor -- doesn't play the notes so much as she coaxes them out of the piano, using a deft touch most safecrackers would envy. … and makes beautiful, evocative music to this day." - J. Hunter, All About Jazz