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					                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                      Jan. 7, 2004
                                                      Contact: Cheryl V. Walker
                                                              or Kevin P. Cox
                                                      336-758-6073
                                                      walkercv@wfu.edu
                                                      wfu.edu/wfunews




                          JAZZ PIANIST BRAD MEHLDAU
                    TO PERFORM AT WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

       The Grammy-nominated Brad Mehldau Trio will perform at Wake Forest University on

Jan. 23.

       The Secrest Artists Series concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

       “Elegiac Cycle,” the jazz pianist’s exploration of the solo piano released in 1999, inspired

Time magazine to write, “Mehldau achieves an almost spiritual resonance, chords echoing like

amens.”

       Mehldau performed on the soundtracks for the films “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Midnight in the

Garden of Good and Evil” and “Unfaithful.”

       Like many of his contemporaries, Mehldau began his career with classical training, long

before he was exposed to jazz. In 1988, he moved to New York City where he worked with a

variety of musicians and made several recordings as a sideman. He toured with the Joshua

Redman Quartet before releasing his 1995 debut album, “Introducing Brad Mehldau,” to critical

acclaim.

       Mehldau’s “Art of the Trio 4: Back at the Vanguard” was nominated for a 1999 Grammy

Award for Best Jazz Instrumental recording. He was also a Grammy nominee for Best Jazz

Instrumental Solo in 1997.

                                             -more-
                                                                              Mehldau, 1/7/03, 2.

       The two other members of the trio are Larry Grenadier on bass and Jorge Rossy

on drums. Grenadier is a Stanford University graduate. When not touring and recording with

the Brad Mehldau Trio, he tours and records with the Pat Metheny Trio. Mehldau and Grenadier

are featured in the soundtrack of the film, “Mona Lisa Smiles.”

       Rossy, a native of Barcelona, Spain, attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston,

where he played in bands with Joshua Redman and Danilo Perez. He has been a second place

winner in the Thelonious Monk International Competition for drums. Rossy joined the Brad

Mehldau Trio in 1996, but has also released several albums of his own.

       The program will be announced from the stage.

       A pre-concert talk will be presented at 7:10 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 208,

by Patrick Tucker, director of Wake Forest’s jazz ensemble. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for

senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students. Tickets for all Secrest Artists Series events are

available without charge to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. Group discounts are

available.

       Tickets may be purchased through the Secrest Artists Series office at 336-758-5757 or

beginning Jan. 20 from the Wake Forest box office at 336-758-5295.

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