David Lopato Trio

Pianist and composer David Lopato was born in 1954 in Brooklyn, NY. His studies include a B.A. in music composition from Yale University, graduate work in composition and African drumming at California Institute of the Arts, and Javanese gamelan at Akademie Seni Krawitan Indonesia in Surakarta, Java where he spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar.

He has performed his own compositions throughout the world as a soloist, leader of his own trio, quintet and ten-piece ensembles. Major venues which have presented performances of his music include Westdeutsche Rundfunk, Netherlands National Radio, Radio France, National Public Radio, De Singel, Stedelijk Museum, The Kroller-Muller Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen Center, Symphony Space, and The Vancouver Jazz Festival.

As a pianist he has worked with Ray Anderson, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Mark Helias, Jane Ira Bloom, Tyshawn Sorey, Gerry Hemingway, David Mott, Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Gorn, Marty Ehrlich, and Steve Reich.

His latest recording is "Short Stories".

Since 1991, he has been on the faculty of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Department of the The New School University in New York City.


Colorado bassist Kent McLagan has recorded with Jane Ira Bloom, Ron Miles, Fred Hess, Boulder Creative Music Ensemble, and Michael Vlatkovich.

He has performed with Fred Hersch, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, Matt Wilson, and Nate Radley. He has almost 50 years of history with David Lopato.

He is also a bass luthier whose customers include Mark Dresser, Mark Helias, Anthony Cox, and Ratzo Harris.

Drummer Sinclair Lott was born into a musical family in Los Angeles. By high school he had studied with premiere teachers Forrest Clark, Mitchell Peters, and Jim Keltner. In college he was a student of percussion guru John Bergamo becoming a featured performer in his award winning avant-garde percussion ensemble.

Upon graduating he performed with orchestras in Los Angeles concert halls, in clubs and festivals with rock bands, and on the streets of LA, ultimately working with Frank Zappa and touring and recording with jazz trumpet icon Freddie Hubbard. He has also performed with Mose Allison, Big Joe Turner, Dorothy Donegan, San Francisco Opera, Eric Gale, Bruce Forman, Chris Dawson, Dianne Reeves, Rocco Prestia, Fowler Brothers, Billy Childs, California New Music Ensemble, Tierney Sutton, Wilson Phillips, Gene Cipriano, and Chuck Berghofer.

"Long Story Short" is his first self-produced recording as a leader. It includes saxophonist Bob Sheppard, pianist Tigran Hamasyan, and bassist Danny McKay.