Chicago-based jazz trio to perform in chamber series Jan. 27

The Joe Policastro Trio, a forward-thinking jazz trio based in Chicago, will perform at Ripon College Friday, Jan. 27, as part of the Chamber Music and Jazz at Ripon series. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts.

The artists also will lead a clinic that day with the Ripon College Jazz Band under the direction of Paul Dietrich. The clinic will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall.

Both the clinic and the concert are free and open to the public.

Selections at the Ripon concert will include works by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Dave Miller, Joe Policastro, Thelonious Monk and Joao Bosco.

The performers are Joe Policastro, bass; Dave Miller, guitar; and Mikel Avery, drums. Hailed by Downbeat magazine for its “deft analysis of choice repertoire” and by the Chicago Reader for its “diversity of approaches to all kinds of source material,” the trio is firmly rooted in jazz but draws upon a wide array of musical styles and sources.

The band has released five albums. Their current release, “Sounds Unheard 2012-2022,” is an assemblage of new recordings, outtakes and unreleased recordings documenting the life of the trio from its earliest iteration its recent incarnation.

Their last album, “Nothing Here Belongs” (2019), focused on the band’s original music, whereas previous releases, “West Side Story Suite” (2013), “POPS!” (2016), and “Screen Sounds” (2017), highlighted the trio’s ability to remake unlikely songs in its own raw, highly idiosyncratic fashion.

The band has played extensively throughout the United States and Canada, including performing for President Barack Obama in October 2016.

Related Posts

Jesse Lillis, Ripon College Class of 2013, co-artistic director of the touring Starling Shakespeare Company

Jessie Lillis ’13 returns to Ripon for summer residency, presentation of Shakespeare plays

When a series of free performances of plays by William Shakespeare is presented in the Ripon/Green Lake area this summer, Jessie Lillis ’13 will be […]

Image of artwork 'Prize Cake' (2022), by Rafael Francisco Salas

Review of exhibit featuring work of Rafael Francisco Salas published

A review of Professor of Art Rafael Francisco Salas’ recent exhibit was published May 9 on Shepard Express, a Milwaukee publication. “Cruces|Crossroads” was on view […]

Oreo Complex promotional poster

Lillian Brown will perform ‘The OREO Complex’ in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Lillian Brown will take her solo performance of “The OREO Complex” to Washington, D.C., in May and June for 10 performances. […]

Harwood Memorial Union, June 20, 2016

Lawn concert with jazz, band performances will be presented May 3

The Spring Lawn Concert will be presented Wednesday, May 3, on the lawn in front of Harwood Memorial Union. Music will be presented by Jazz […]

The Joe Policastro Trio


Related Areas of Study