April 27, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. —Adams, Stetz & Haynes, a classic jazz piano trio, will perform May 6 at 8 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The concert of classic jazz compositions from Scott Joplin to Keith Jarrett is free to the public as part of the "Lewisburg Live" celebration by the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the university.

Considered the premier jazz trio of the greater Susquehanna Valley, Adams, Stetz & Haynes bring to life the entire history of jazz piano literature from ragtime, New Orleans, and swing, to be-bop and beyond.

Their repertory focuses on the master pianist/composers Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Randy Weston, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, among others, and includes original works by Adams and Haynes.

This classic trio began working together in the fall of 2004 after drummer Phil Haynes moved to Lewisburg from New York City. He brought his 20-plus years experience of international recording and touring to central Pennsylvania, where he first heard Stetz and Adams in local jazz, blues and pop groups. Haynes was drawn immediately to their artistry and the trio was born.

Bill Stetz

Bill Stetz's bass playing has been featured in many of the region's best-known bands including AAA Blues Band, Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band, The Earthtones, Arthur Goldstein's quartet and trio, Jim Yanda's Regional Cooking and vocal diva Averie Clark's Cool Blue.

Steve Adams

Pianist/composer Steve Adams was an original member of the David Rose Band and has performed locally with Cruel 4 Days, Jazzin', The Transcendants and the big band Backbay Express. He has appeared with international artists David Liebman, Nelson Hill, Virginia Mayhew and Jim Pugh.

Phil Haynes

Haynes made his recording debut with the Paul Smoker Trio's QB, which was named the Number One Jazz Album of 1985 in Coda Magazine. He has 10 recordings as a leader including Continuum with violinist Mark Feldman, The Hammond Insurgency with organist Jeff Palmer, Free Country with cellist Hank Roberts, and the new solo percussion recording Sanctuary. Haynes produces, and occasionally performs on, the Jazz at Bucknell series of chamber jazz performances.


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