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October 14, 2008

Jazz Pianist John Stetch & TV Trio Celebrate CD Release

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz news, Canada

John Stetch

John Stetch & TV Trio
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Beat Niq, Calgary

Edmonton born pianist releases new CD featuring television classics

Edmonton born, New York based pianist John Stetch appears tonight at Beat Niq in Calgary with his group the TV Trio, which includes Doug Weiss (bass) and Rodney Green (drums).

Stetch and his trio are on tour in celebration of the release of TV Trio/John Stetch, where the group performs TV themes of the 70’s and 80’s. The album features swinging arrangements of such classics as Star Trek, Six Million Dollar Man, The Waltons, Love Boat, Bugs Bunny, The Price is Right, Rocky and Bullwinkle, All My Children, Dallas, and more. Stetch and his trio will also be performing new original jazz trio works commissioned by the Canada Council.

A 4-time Juno nominee and winner of the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival (1998), John Stetch has toured across Canada on numerous occasions with his quartet, sextet and as a solo artist.

After relocating to New York City, Stetch participated in the Thelonius Monk International Piano Competition and the Composers Competition, placing second. He joined Rufous Reid’s quintet, remaining a member for ten years as well as pursuing his solo career, touring Brazil, Ukraine, Mexico, across Europe, most of the U.S. and throughout Japan.

Stetch’s solo trilogy, Ukrainianism received critical acclaim, including Down Beat calling the release “one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years”. Standards and Exponentially Monk, parts 2 & 3 of the series, brought in equally glowing reviews.

As a Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: “Piano Jazz”, with Marian McPartland, “Jazz Set” with Branford Marsalis, “Weekend Edition” with Liane Hansen, and “Listen Here!” with Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin.

for more info visit www.johnstetch.com

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