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Bert Seager

Primary Instrument: Piano

Bert Seager

Pianist and composer Bert Seager has been a leading player on the jazz scene in Boston Massachusetts since 1981. His thirteen compact discs have won him unanimous critical acclaim from the New York Times, Keyboard Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and many other publications.

He has toured extensively in the United States and internationally, including twelve tours to Japan. He has performed and recorded with Joe Lovano, Tim Hagans, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Joe Hunt, Richie Barshay, John Lockwood and Kazumi Ikenaga. He has performed in ensembles on stage with George Mraz, Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, Tom Harrell, Ben Street, Chris Speed, Billy Drewes and Jorge Roeder....
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Awards:

MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2008, 2009, 2012
”Seager has distilled his lyrical approach into perfectly balanced and unfailingly beautiful music full of quiet subtleties.” Boston Phoenix

Bert Seager leads a seasoned trio through a collection of highly personalized standards and finely etched originals. Although rhythm-mates Messrs. Barshay and Roeder are short on years they are long on talent and they have had the good fortune to have played with Seager for an extended period. The ensemble spirit that has evolved from that experience shows up well in this recording. Bert’s playing, while generally eschewing technical fireworks, is striking in its thoughtfulness and logic and the organic lines seem to naturally grow from the trio’s interactive frisson. Unafraid to use space, he achieves tension and interest through sophisticated melodic design and piquant harmonic thinking.

14 CDs as leader. Lettuce Play 2011 Invisible Music Records # IM2047 Bert Seager - Piano | Jorge Roeder - Bass | Richie Barshay - Drums This latest CD from Bert's "Beat Greens" trio, with Richie Barshay and Jorge Roeder is Seager's most mature spacious and energetic recording to date. Each piece's improvised narrative unfolds in a playful three-way conversation. Lima Beans Bert Seager - Piano | Jorge Roeder - Bass | Jorge Perez Albela - Drums Lima Beans brings a new stronger and more expansive energy to Bert's trio. Using complex meters and rich harmonic color schemes each tune is based on textures and formal structures that provide plenty content for the trio's improvisation. The music on this CD and its presentation is balanced with quieter moments of lyricism and melody. Near and Far - KJB Bert Seager - Piano | John Lockwood - Bass | Kazumi Ikenaga - Drums Near and Far is the third CD of the KJB band. All three musicians share a commitment to groove, feeling and dynamics and their time together is reflected in their intuitive musical rapport. Requited Bert Seager - Piano | Rebecca Shrimpton - Voice | Rick DiMuzio - Tenor/Saxaphone | Jorge Roeder - Bass | Richie Barshay - Drums | Dan Greenspan - Bass | Jorge Pérez-Albela - Drums REQUITED is the debut of a new collaboration between composer Bert Seager and novelist Anita Diamant with ten songs that celebrate the persistence of love and hope. Beat Greens 2007 Invisible Music Records # IM2038 Bert Seager - Piano | Jorge Roeder - Bass | Richie Barshay - Drums "The CD features musicians that Seager been playing with regularly for the past two years, Jorge Roeder on bass and Richie Barshay on drums. Impelled by the rhythmic imagination of these two players, who are half his age, the trio music has a new sense of drama, color possibilities and power." A Closer Look 2006 Invisible Music Records #IM2036 Bert Seager - Piano | John Lockwood - Bass | Kazumi Ikenaga - Drums "The quality of the listening is what draws one into the space of the music on this recording. This music, though based in the traditions of jazzpiano trio, has a breathing conversant quality where interaction rather than role-playing is emphasized." Openings 2004 Invisible Music Records #IM2033 Bert Seager - Piano | John Lockwood - Bass | Kazumi Ikenaga - Drums "Seager and his musical partners bring a graceful ballad program to their audience, while subtly filling each piece with effervescent optimism." Cadence Magazine Pioneer 2002 Invisible Music Records #IM2026 Bert Seager - Piano | Masa Kamaguchi - Bass | Také Toriyama - Drums "Seager has distilled his lyrical approach into perfectly balanced and unfailingly beautiful music full of quiet subtleties." Boston Phoenix Freedom of Assembly 1999 Buzz Records #ZZ76009 Bert Seager - Piano | George Donchev - Bass | Nat Mugavero - Drums "Together, they venture with depth and sensitivity into the realm of unmediated impulse and sound." Boston Globe Resonance 1997 Accurate Records #AC-5021 Bert Seager - piano | Dan Greenspan - bass | Dan Rieser - drums "The Bert Seager Trio has created light and airy music on this recording, but by no means is it lightweight - these guys play forcefully with some tasty dissonant touches." JazzTimes Second Spring 1993 Dental Records #1003 Bert Seager - piano | Dan Greenspan - bass | Joe Hunt - drums "Seager's writing incorporates quirky structures without forfeiting melodic elegance and swing." Boston Phoenix Live At The Yardbird Suite 1990 Bellaphon #CDLR 45023 Bert Seager - piano | Billy Drewes - tenor saxophone Tim Hagans - trumpet | Dan Greenspan - bass | Ian Froman - drums "This kind of exuberance makes the jazz world go round" Boston Globe Because They Can 1988 Antilles # 422 848 823 2 Bert Seager - piano | George Garzone - tenor saxophone Tim Hagans - trumpet | Dan Greenspan - bass | Joe Hunt - drums "Best of all, every track has a present-tense passion and commitment to it - reminding one that music that takes account of the jazz past need not be placed within quotation marks." Chicago Tribune Time To Burn 1987 Antilles #422 848 824 2 Bert Seager - piano | Jimmy Mosher - alto saxophone Tim Hagans - trumpet | Dan Greenspan - bass | Joe Hunt - drums "The group balances fresh immediacy and a whiff of nostalgia" New York Times

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Brighton, MA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston MA In the Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Departments.

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