Fred Moyer Jazz Trio

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  • Date: January 18, 2022 Tue
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Hough Hall
  • Tickets: $20-$45

What can safely be called the only jazz group of its kind, the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio dazzles with stunning musicianship and a unique approach to jazz. Like other small jazz ensembles, the trio performs its own arrangements of standards from the Great American Songbook. But what sets it apart from all others is its note-for-note transcriptions of great jazz trio performances from the past. Fred and friends painstakingly transcribe every note of favorite historic recordings and then bring the resulting scores to life as would a chamber music ensemble playing Bach or Beethoven, infusing the music with their own vitality and interpretations. The result is a swinging celebration of the best in jazz, delighting both classical music lovers and long-time jazz enthusiasts.


Frederick Moyer’s teachers include his mother Betsy, Theodore Lettvin, Eleanor Sokoloff and Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. He attended Curtis Institute of Music and Indiana University. He has since established a career of over 35 years as a full-time concert pianist, performing in forty-four countries and in such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, Carnegie Recital Hall, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center. He has appeared as piano soloist with most of the major orchestras of the United States as well as many orchestras of Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.

Moyer’s far-reaching interests have allowed him to contribute to classical music in unique ways. An avid computer programmer, he often incorporates technology into his concerts. He owns patents for the MoyerCam which improves the audience’s view of the pianists hands, and for his environmentally friendly CD packaging. He performs note-for-note transcriptions of such jazz pianists as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Erroll Garner, bringing this great American music onto classical music stages. In July 2009, Dr. Paul Green and he unveiled an unfinished piano sonata by Robert Schumann, a find that was widely reported in the news media.

His many recordings comprise works by over thirty composers and reflect an affinity for a wide variety of styles. His CD of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto was the first commercial recording of a large-scale Romantic work using an orchestra created from sampled sounds. His Mussorgsky/Mendelssohn CD was the first using the Bosendorfer 290 SE Recording Piano. Other recordings include David Ott’s Second Piano Concerto with the London Symphony which was written for Moyer. Many other composers have written for Moyer including Pulitzer Prize winners George Walker and Ned Rorem, and Donal Fox whose Etudes of 2002-2006 were commissioned by the Guggenheim Foundation.

Lowell Ringel is a award-winning bassist, composer, and educator originally from Hillsborough, North Carolina. Both his playing and composing focus on emotion, and how to communicate such a subtle and deeply personal aspect of the human experience through music. Heavily influenced by Charlie Haden and Scott Lafaro, Ringel is known for his lyrical soloing, as well as his steady, yet creative, sense of groove and rhythm. He splits his time between his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Miami, Florida, where he attended the Frost School of Music and became immersed in Latin jazz and Cuban music. This immersion has given him the opportunity to perform and record as a sideman with many jazz and latin jazz masters, including Ignacio Berroa, Brian Lynch, Shelly Berg, Dafnis Prieto, and Martin Bejerano, among others. Recent accolades include winning multiple Grammys as the bassist on Brian Lynch’s award- album, “The Omni-American Book Club.”

As a leader, Ringel released his debut album Threeplustwo with the chamber-jazz quintet of the same name in 2019. His second album, Geodesics, came out in Spring 2020 with the Finnish-American collective “Transatlanttiset,” co-led by Ringel, trumpeter Tomi Nikku, and flautist/vocalist Josefiina Vannesluoma. He maintains a busy performing and touring schedule.

Drummer Bob Savine began his formal musical training at Penn State University, from where he received a B.S. in Music Education. Further studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston led him to his current position as a freelance musician in the Boston area. Bob has performed with a diverse group of singers and instrumentalists including The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Keely Smith, Sheila Jordan, Mike Metheny, David Kikoski, Herb Pomeroy, Jerry Bergonzi and many other fine musicians.

Presented by the Palladium.

Premium General Admission:
$45 – seating nearest stage (limited to 50 tickets total).
Standard General Admission: $24 – all other seating.
Groups of 10 or more: $20 – standard GA only.
Student with valid ID: $20 – standard GA only.

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