For presenters: references, stage plots, artist rider, and other digital assets are available by request.

Celebrating Jaki Byard

"Celebrating Jaki Byard" is a unique project that seeks to expose audiences to the works of this late master pianist, whose underrated career was marked by several groundbreaking original albums and legendary collaborations with Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and others. The Dave Meder Trio puts its own spin on things, finding its own voice within the context of Byard's highly eclectic repertoire. Audiences will hear Byard's penchant for stride and early piano styles, side-by-side with avant-garde and free-spirited sections of collective improvisation from the trio, along with a particularly moving, ambient ballad, "Gaeta." The communication and musical dialogue between the members of the group is sure to engender a thought-provoking and supremely enjoyable experience.