The Jarrett Cherner Trio performs music rooted in the jazz piano tradition, blending contemporary influences with those of world music. Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with jazz swing propel improvisations within a modern harmonic framework. With an original repertoire of compositions from pianist and composer Cherner, the trio has been attracting audiences consisting of both veteran jazz fans and those new to jazz. On their debut CD, Burgeoning, the trio takes the listener on a journey though a range of sonic moods, from the angular groove of “Stand Your Own”, through the raucous, bluesy shuffle “Sucker Punch”, to the introspective melody featured in “Somebody Quietly”. In performance the trio is equally dynamic, constantly searching for new places to take the music and always willing to take the risks that will lead the way.
Though not their birthplace, all three musicians have emerged from the vibrant Boston jazz scene; Cherner and Roeder met while studying at the New England Conservatory, and Pérez-Albela is a Berklee alumnus. From San Francisco, Jarrett Cherner earned degrees in both music and math while studying and working in Boston. His compositions are both melodic and logical and his playing evokes a Keith Jarrett like penchant for lyricism in addition to a rhythmic influence indicative of his studies with Danilo Pérez. From Lima, Peru, bassist Jorge Roeder adds his warm tone and unshakable beat to the trio, rounding out the low end. Whether soloing, comping, or dialoging with the band, Roeder’s lines are consistently swinging and freshly musical. Then there’s drummer Jorge Pérez-Albela, also from Lima. You never know when he’ll slide off his drum set in favor of his cajón or to play an assortment of percussion instruments (take a listen to “Shake The Cage”). Equally at home swinging and playing Latin rhythms, Pérez-Albela’s rapid responsiveness combined with his rhythmic arsenal keep the trio on its toes.
The Trio has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival (CA), Sonoma Jazz Festival (CA), JazzZone (Lima, Perú), Jazz at Pearl's (San Francisco, CA), Jazzschool (Berkeley, CA), Vibrato (Los Angeles, CA), La Ve Lee (Los Angeles, CA), 2nd St. Jazz (Los Angeles, CA), Ryles Jazz Club (Cambridge, MA), Acton Jazz Cafe (Acton, MA), Lily Pad (Cambridge, MA), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC, NY), LV's Uptown (Portland, OR), among others. Members of the trio have toured both nationally and internationally, performing at venues such as: Jamboree, Barcelona; El Café Central, Madrid; Sunside, Paris; Regattabar, Boston; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; and Yoshi's, Oakland. They have also performed or recorded with Herbie Hancock, Kenny Werner, Roy Haynes, Maria Schneider, the Either/Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, & Amphis Baena, among others.
Jarrett Cherner – piano, compositions
Jorge Roeder – acoustic & electric bass
Jorge Pérez-Albela – drums & percussion
All songs by Jarrett Cherner
(Bald Hill Music/ASCAP) except
"Shake The Cage" by Kelly Donohue, arr. Cherner
BaldHill Records #112605
For more info visit www.jarrettcherner.com