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Forged in the furnace that is the New York City jazz community, this incarnation of award-winning pianist Jonathan Gee's trio concept features Joseph Lepore (heard with Greg Osby and Rosario Guiliani) on bass, and Nasheet Waits (heard with Jason Moran, Fred Hersch, Andrew Hill), on drums.

The unique blend of Gee's very personal melodic and rhythmic world with the intense creative complexity of Waits' drumming and the elastic drive and artistry of Lepore makes this definitely one not to be missed!


The trio's first album, Dragonfly, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim: "This heady music clears the sinuses and opens up the lungs. If it weren't for the amazing communication between players, songs like "Black Ball" would seemed prejudiced and rocky. But, with Lepore's pulse, and he isn't in the business of keeping time, the maelstrom is contained and Gee's message is coherent. In fact, it swings very, very hard." Mark Corroto, All About Jazz




In the summer of 2003, Jonathan was invited to perform at the Appenine Jazz Festival in Italy, accompanied by two of the young turks of Italian jazz: Danilo Gallo on bass and Alessandro Minetto on drums. It worked! The gig was a great success; a band was born. Immediately, a ten date autumn tour and a five date spring tour, both around Italy, were secured; a recording session was booked for the end of each tour at the Artesuono studio of Stefano Amerio.

The trio's first album, Cream of Mandarins, was released by Artesuono in November 2004.


The original trio, with Steve Rose on bass and Winston Clifford on drums, worked together for 10 years performing at jazz venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. They were seen regularly at Ronnie Scott's Club in London where they both headlined and supported artists including Joe Lovano and Benny Golson. Their week supporting Joe Lovano was voted "Time Out Jazz Gig of the Year" in 1997.

The Trio recorded three critically-acclaimed albums, Closer To (1997), Your Shining Heart (1998) and Chez Auguste (live at Ronnie Scott's, 2001).

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