The Lost Trio with Scott Foster
The Lost Trio was formed in 1994 by Phillip
Greenlief, Dan Seamans, and Tom Hassett. Since then, the group has
fashioned a very
unique collection of over 600 songs from composers as diverse
as Cole Porter, Duke
Ellington, Charles Mingus, Hank Williams, Nino Rota, Steve Lacy, Carla
Bley, Billy Strayhorn,
Mel Tillis, The Grateful Dead, and PJ Harvey, as well
as original compositions by Lost Trio members.
KNOWMONK, which features a new approach to the compositions of
Thelonious Monk, is their fifth and latest CD, and was listed in NPR's
Top 10 jazz releases of 2015.
They are joined in their third performance at Chez Hanny by recent
collaborator, and master guitarist, Scott Foster.
Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music
founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has
achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and
performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum,
as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers.
He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, and They
Might Be Giants. Albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle
Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin,
Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts, and
from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for
progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian
"The Bay Area's do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly
creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as
effectively as Phillip Greenlief." – Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco
Phillip was heard previously at Chez Hanny with The Lost Trio, and
Bassist Dan Seamans grew up in Washington, DC.
completing a music degree at UC Santa Cruz he studied string bass
with Larry Epstein, Mel Graves, and Michael Willens, and collaborated
with pianist Graham Connah.
Moving to Oakland, he played with Bill
Bell, Donald Bailey, Mark Levine, and John Schott, and co-founded the
New Klezmer Trio, with Ben Goldberg and Kenny Wollesen, a group which
went on to do several European tours, and record three CDs on John
Zorn's Tzadik label.
During a period in Southern Vermont, he was mentored by master
guitarist Attila Zoller.
Dan appeared here previously with the Lost Trio.
Drummer Tom Hassett has been an active member of
the Bay Area
jazz community, though unrecognized by some and
repudiated by a few, for over twenty years. Study with
master drummer Jerry Granelli in the '70s left him
largely unfit for most commercial work, and so he
remains today. He worked with the
Susan Chen Trio at Harris' restaurant from 1988 - 2000, and appears on
their cd "Harris Nights".
Tom was heard previously at Chez Hanny with The Lost Trio, Laura Klein,
Lesnik, Bernal Jazz Quintet, and Times Three.
Guitarist Scott Foster received his Bachelor of
from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He pursued additional music
studies at University of California Davis, and private studies with Jon
Damian, Rick Peckham and Henry Robinett.
Scott is an active performer as leader of the Scott Foster Trio and
Quartet and as a sideman with many local groups.
His musical associates include Michael Bluestein, Dan Foltz, David
Boyce, Noah Schenker, Dave Mihaly,
Grant Levin, Adam Shulman, Jimmy Ryan, Chuck Peterson, Dave Scott,
Larry de la Cruz, Daniel Fabricant, Sam Bevan, and Bryan Bowman.
Scott was heard previously at Chez Hanny with the Scott Foster Trio.