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, Phillip Greenlief).

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 Goldie Award.

"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 Chronicle

Phillip was heard previously at Chez Hanny with The Lost Trio, and Steve Lockwood.

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.

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, Rich Lesnik, Bernal Jazz Quintet, and Times Three.

Guitarist Scott Foster received his Bachelor of Music degree 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.