Internationally acclaimed Boston-based jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony, one of the most expressive and technically skilled pianists working in jazz today, headlines the Nashua Holiday Stroll on Saturday, November 25. Gardony and his trio featuring bassist John Lockwood and drummerYoron Israel perform 5:45-8:10 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua NH. Free admission. For information visit http://bit.ly/2zsoQzS.
“A formidable improviser who lives in the moment,” (JazzTimes), Gardony has performed in 27 countries and released a dozen albums during his distinguished decades long career. After graduating from the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the ELTE Science University in his native Hungary, Gardony earned a full scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1983 and joined the faculty there not long after graduation. His first prize performance at the 1987 Great American Jazz Piano Competition launched him into the international spotlight.
Since then, Gardony has performed at major festivals and premiere jazz clubs around the world and has toured and/or recorded with jazz greats such as Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, Bob Moses, Yoron Israel's High Standards, Matt Glaser's Wayfaring Strangers, and David "Fathead" Newman, as well as the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, and the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Duke Ellington Exhibit, among others. Gardony’s 2015 Sunnyside recording Life in Real Timewas named one of the 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by the Boston Globe. His primary vehicle for most of the 21st century has been his state of the art trio with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, an ensemble first documented on the 2003 Sunnyside release Ever Before Ever After. One of the finest working trios in jazz, the group performs and records regularly, exploring Gardony’s extensive book of originals as well as the occasional standard and jazz classics by the likes of Horace Silver and Billy Strayhorn.
Gardony created most of the music for his new solo album Serious Play (Sunnyside Records) spontaneously in the studio, with a few soulful reimaginations of beloved standards added, providing a potent reminder that the longtime Berklee College of Music professor is one of jazz’s most emotionally trenchant and melodically inventive solo piano practitioners. It’s his 12th album and 9th recording for Sunnyside.