Aaron Bennett Trio

His latest recording "Plays for Lovers", with this trio, is available on Bandcamp (and highly recommended): https://aaronbennett.bandcamp.com/album/plays-for-lovers

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 Italy.

He played here previously with the Vijay Anderson Quartet.


Bassist Dan Seamans grew up in Washington, DC.

While 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 cds.

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 Arts.

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.