The Konrad Paszkudski Trio
with Randy Napoleon and Paul Keller
- $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $15 General Admission
- $5 Student
- Konrad Paszkudski, piano
- Randy Napoleon, guitar
- Paul Keller, bass
Swinging straight-ahead trio jazz with a tip of the hat to Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole.
This performance is supported by the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at Kerrytown Concert House.
Born in Western Australia to immigrant parents who had fled the communist regime in Poland, Konrad Paszkudski’s musical affinity and passion for jazz piano revealed itself early on. He was accepted into university at the tender age of 15, and finished his undergraduate degree at 18. The precocious instrumentalist swiftly established a reputation as a leading jazzman in Australia, soon becoming the first pianist to win the James Morrison Scholarship in 2008. Relocating to the United States in 2009, he received his master’s degree in 2011 on full scholarship from the University of Miami. Upon graduation, he spent a year in Los Angeles playing piano with the likes of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Jeff Hamilton Trio. Konrad returned to the East Coast in 2012 after being offered a position to lead the house trio at the coveted New York venue, 54 Below. Exclusively playing standards culled from the Great American Song Book, the trio carved their own sound – one of brilliant distinction and sophistication, with an emphasis on melodic elegance and swinging verve. After a yearlong residency and two trio recordings, he joined the John Pizzarelli Quartet in November of 2013. Konrad has played with a range of notable artists, is a New York Yamaha artist, and has recently recorded two new trio albums for Venus Records in Japan.
Randy Napoleon is a guitarist, composer and arranger who toured and recorded with Benny Green, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Michael Bublé before joining The Freddy Cole Quartet in 2007; he arranged most of Cole’s last five albums, including the 2010 Grammy-nominated Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B. Napoleon also has appeared with other jazz luminaries, including Bill Charlap and Houston Person. His latest release as a leader is The Jukebox Crowd. His TV appearances, mainly as a sideman, include shows hosted by David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Lewis and Regis & Kelley as well as on Today and the PBS special Caught in the Act. He also tours with his own bands and is an assistant professor of jazz guitar at Michigan State University.
Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.