CROSS-BORDER JAZZ SERIES
From Italy, New York and Edmonton
Step In Trio
OCTOBER 27, 2017
TICKETS - MEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26
DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM
Carlo Morena - piano
Joe Fonda - bass
Dan Skakun - drums
Italian pianist Carlo Morena leads two piano trios, one European and
the other being the New York-based Step In Trio which he created in
1994 with bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. George
Schuller later assumed the drum chair. The trio performed at the
Yardbird Suite in 2015 with Edmonton's Dan Skakun as the drummer.
Carlo and Joe were so impressed with Dan's playing that they
immediately requested a return visit to Edmonton.
Step In Trio has released several albums, the most recent of which is "As You Never Said Before". Although Morena has worked and recorded with a wide variety of jazz musicians of all genres, the music presented by the trio has, among other styles, a contemplative almost Bill Evans-like feel.
Among the musicians Carlo has worked with are many who have performed at the Yardbird Suite including trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, saxophonists Dave Liebman, Steve Slagle, Thomas Chapin, and Gary Smulyan, bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz, vocalist Jay Clayton, and guitarists John Abercrombie and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Joe Fonda has performed at the Yardbird Suite on several occasions with the Michael Musillami Trio and with drummer Barry Altschul. He has also worked with many of the most prominent names in improvised jazz including Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Lou Donaldson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Randy Weston, Carla Bley and Billy Bang. He adds a very solid, dynamic feel to any group in which he participates.