JUNE 20 | 8:00PM
Pianist, composer and educator Dave Meder is becoming one of the prominent artists of his generation, known for a panoramic, genre-bending approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. He has been described as “inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll — in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum — to bear…” (All About Jazz).
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, is a dynamically interactive trio outing boasting appearances by the generation-defining saxophonists Chris Potter and Miguel Zenón.
Meder is also a skilled composer-arranger, having earned 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.
Review of Passage (2019)
“On Passage, Meder and his trio of bassist Tamir Shmerling and drummer Kush Abadey (joined by Chris Potter and Miguel Zenón on one track each) sail 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.” - Ken Micallef
April 30, 2019
“This Road,” from the album Passage, was named a WINNER (2nd Prize) in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition.
There were over 19,000 entries in the ISC in 2018.
Learn more, or listen to “This Road.”