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Dave Meder Trio

  • First Presbyterian Church 2050 Oak Street (map)

Pianist Dave Meder is quickly becoming one of the top artists of his generation, with a reputation for an eclectic, genre-bending approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. He has performed in some of New York’s most hallowed rooms, including several headlining stands at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and internationally at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Torino Jazz Festival, and others. In 2013, Meder won the esteemed Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. His latest album, Passage (2019), is a dynamically interactive piano-trio adventure boasting appearances by two generation-defining saxophonists, Chris Potter and Miguel Zenón.

Meder is also a skilled composer-arranger, earning an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the FirstMusic Commission of the New York Youth Symphony, and a slot in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. As the Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of North Texas, he is currently the youngest instructor employed in one of the nation’s most renowned music programs.

Meder sails through diverse tempos and themes in a manner reminiscent of Oscar Peterson. The pianist’s fingers run circles around his musicians, seeming to leave lofty chemtrail-like spirals in the air.
— Jazz Times