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Action Trio: David Binney, Louis Cole, Pera Krstajic
  • Grounds Artist
  • Friday, September 27 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm West End Stage Presented by Castoro Cellars

David Binney, saxophone, Pera Krstajic, bass, Louis Cole, drums

Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, saxophonist David Binney is one of the most prolific jazz musicians on the scene today. Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, David was singled out by Jazz Times as one of a handful of "players who have created an alternative jazz-scene... all of whom are playing adventurous, original music.

Known for his performances with such prestigious groups as the big bands of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, as well as with Jim Hall, Uri Caine, Vinicius Cantuaria, Norah Jones, Bobby Previte, Cecil McBee quintet, and countless others.  David was also a co-founder of the hard-edged quintet "Lost Tribe" and the open-form collective quartet "Lan Xang." With these groups and on his own, he has recorded a dozen albums as leader or co-leader.

David was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Southern California. At the age of 19, he moved to New York City to play gigs and to study with Phil Woods, Dave Liebman and George Coleman.   David’s distinctive saxophone sound and innovative compositions have been heard from basement clubs in New York to jazz festivals in Europe and the world. In addition to his extensive work as a leader, he has been sought after as a sideman, appearing on record with Medeski, Martin & Wood and Uri Caine's Mahler Project. David has also appeared on stage with Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, and with Maceo Parker, to name a few. He has produced all of his 22 solo albums, and many others including two of the Lost Tribe releases, six Donny McCaslin releases, and Scott Colley’s The Architect of the Silent Moment. David started his record label, Mythology Records, in 1998. David also created and produced the Donny McCaslin group that eventually became the backing band on David Bowie’s #1 record, Blackstar.

He has won the DownBeat Critics Poll three times in the Alto Saxophone category and has placed in additional Critics Poll categories including Producer, Album, and others. He has been featured on the covers of DownBeat, Jazz Times, and many other publications.