Aaron Bennett Trio
His latest recording "Plays for Lovers", with this trio, is
on Bandcamp (and highly recommended):
Saxophonist and composer Aaron Bennett
earned a BA in music at Cal State Long Beach with an emphasis on
classical saxophone performance.
He then earned an MFA at California Institute of the Arts in Jazz
performance, where he studied with Wadada Leo
Smith, Larry Koonse, Joe Labarbera, and Charlie Haden.
Since then, he has performed with Wadada Leo Smith,
Peter Kowald, John Butcher, Donald Robinson, Marco Eneidi, Weasel
Walter, Adam Lane, Aphrodesia, Lagos-Roots, Mykal Rose, The Rova
Saxophone Quartet, and William Hooker.
He leads his own groups,
Go-Go-Fightmaster, and electro-magnetic trans-personal orchestra, and
currently performs in the Oakland Active Orchestra, Lisa Mezzacappa's
Bait & Switch, Vijay Anderson Quartet, Guerilla Hi-Fi, Black
Water Gold, and Touch and Go Sextet.
He has performed at clubs and festivals across the U.S. and abroad,
including the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Novara Jazz Festival in
He played here previously with the Vijay Anderson Quartet.
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.
He has played with the Lost Trio since 1994, and appears on 6 of their
Dan appeared here previously with the Lost Trio, the Lost Trio with
Scott Foster, and the Vijay Anderson Quartet.
Drummer Smith Dobson has been performing in the
Bay Area for more than 25 years, at venues such as the San Jose and
San Francisco Jazz Festivals, Yerba Buena Theater, The Kuumbwa Jazz
Center, Yoshi's, Kimball's, Pearl's, Bacar, Bruno's, The Make-Out Room,
Great American Music Hall, Bottom Of The Hill, Amnesia, The
Jazz School, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, and The Intersection of the
Dobson has had the honor of working with great jazz artists,
locally and internationally, such as Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John
Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip
Harper, Hal Stein, Noel Jewekes, Ben Goldberg, Graham Connah, Darren
Johnston, Charlie Shoemake, Will Bernard, Kenny Brooks, William
Winant, the San Francisco
Contemporary Music Players, and Anthony Davis.
He also performs on vibraphone and saxophone.
He appeared here previously with the Evan Francis / Darren Johnston
Quartet, the Matt Renzi Cello Quartet, and the Keith Saunders Trio.