Homespun Trio takes a subtle, swinging, highly
melodic, "chamber jazz" approach to both standards and originals. Their
first CD is available to buy (and listen) at http://www.cdbaby.com/
Pianist Grant Levin has performed with Terence
Blanchard, Bob Berg, Richard Stoltzman, Madeline Eastman,
Bobby Shew, Ingrid Jensen, Ravi Coltrane, Robin Eubanks,
Madeline Eastman, Chris Amberger, Bishop Norman Williams, Vince
Wallace, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. He is one of the Bay
Area's first call pianists.
Levin received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of
Nevada, Reno. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the music
department at California State University, Chico, where he teaches jazz
piano and jazz improvisation.
He appeared here previously with Chris Amberger.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, bassist Fred Randolph
started taking ukulele lessons as a young child. At age 11, inspired by
the innovative and creative style of Jimi Hendrix, he switched to the
guitar. After listening to Howard Roberts and Jimmy Smith in high
school, he became fascinated with the unique harmonies of jazz, and his
musical direction was forever altered. He began to seriously study and
play jazz, first on the guitar, and later, on the saxophone and trumpet
during his college years at UC Berkeley.
His instrumental epiphany occurred, however, when he was working on his
Masterís Degree in Composition at CSU Hayward, he fell under the spell
of the bass, captivated by its endless possibilities and sounds. The
acoustic and electric basses are now his primary instruments. He has
since studied bass with Carl Stanley, Brian Marcus, Alex Glickman,
Frank Tusa, Kai Eckhardt and Timothy Spears.
Drummer Bryan Bowman has performed and recorded
with Deron Johnson, Mike Zilber, Dayna Stevens, Thomas Morgan, Sam
Bevan, Bob Kenmotsu, Mike Abraham, Jeff Massanari, Randy Vincent, John
Stowell, John Wiitala, Ben Stolorow, Mark Levine, John Shifflet, Andre
Bush, Ken French, Clairdee, Harvey Wainapel, Dahveed Behroozi, Betty
Fu, Sarah Manning, Mario Guarnieri, Jessica Neighbor, Loose Wig, Anton
Schwartz, and Brian Kane.
Bryan studied music formally at The Berklee College of Music in Boston,
CSU Long Beach and
He appeared here previously with Steve Lockwood, Michael Wilcox,
Mandala, and Noel Jewkes.