All that jazz and then some with the Jim Lowe Trio
Pianist Jim Lowe has a knack for developing long working friendships. Since 1973 he and San Francisco bassist Patrick McCarthy have played together in the Jim Lowe Trio. And since the early 1980s, he and local drummer Butch Minor have played together in concerts and clubs in the foothills.
The three of them will come together Friday in Grass Valley to play jazz standards and some cool originals.
When San Francisco was Lowe’s place to be, he led several trios and quartets. In the Cleveland Wrecking Company Band, he shared billing with such jazz greats as Vince Guaraldi, Lee Konitz, Ramsey Lewis, Mose Allison and Wes Montgomery. He also worked shows alongside the distinctly nonjazz Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
Having played with Jerry Granelli’s Fusions and Bill Ham’s Lightsounddimensions, Patrick McCarthy is now principal bassist for the Oakland East Bay Symphony and also plays with the Stockton Symphony. Known for his compositional and improvisational skills, McCarthy is more than just an accompanist. Grover Sales of San Francisco Magazine said, “Bassist Patrick McCarthy does everything with his massive fiddle except tuck it under his chin.”
A man of many talents (working musician and percussion teacher with a day job in financial services), Butch Minor rounds out the trio. Says Lowe of him, “Butch made it possible for me to start playing jazz here in Nevada County.”
WHAT: Jim Lowe Trio
WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Chapel, 246 So. Church St., Grass Valley
ADMISSION: Advance tickets $15 at Foggy Mountain Music and Harmony Books; $20 at the door.
INFORMATION: Call 265-5207
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