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Friday, June 14th – 8:30-10pm
The Lost Trio, a farewell date

In 1994, thirty years ago, The Lost Trio stepped into existence with a steady gig on Thursday nights at the Rose Pistola in San Francisco’s North Beach district. A four-year stint on Sundays at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland followed. The trio has a history of touring that’s focused on the west coast, where they’ve enjoyed festival dates, performance lectures and workshops at colleges and universities, live radio broadcasts, club and in-store performances, and more than a few wonderful engagements at Bird & Beckett.

Saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, bassist Dan Seamans and drummer Tom Hassett have developed the trio’s music over a consistent history of private sessions, so that their public performances are deeply rooted in long interplay and friendship. Now, Phillip is moving with his wife to Maine, and though his performing career will undoubtedly bring him west from time to time, the trio is wrapping up this phase of its existence. They’ll play tonight’s late show and return tomorrow night, Saturday the 16th to play again, this time joined by three special guest musicians.

BYOB and a twenty for the trio. Tomorrow night, bring the twenty and the beverage again, certainly. But if you can afford an extra fifteen or twenty for the guests, it would certainly be appreciated, and we dare say, appropriate.

The main thing is to bring your ears, hearts and good wishes.



REMEMBRANCE OF SONGS PAST, recorded in 1994 and released in 1995, earned pick of the month (December ’95) in All About Jazz magazine.

The trio’s second effort is the double-disc release LIVE AT AVALON & THE GRAVES with guest guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman). The album enjoyed a #1 jazz recording of 2000 status from the San Jose Mercury news, and was included on Top 10 lists in the East Bay Express and the SF Chronicle. Disc 1 was recorded at the Morris Graves Museum (Friday night) and Disc 2 was recorded at Avalon in Eureka, CA (Saturday night). 

BOXCAR SAMOVAR (2004) continued to feature the trio’s nearly-surreal repertoire, careening recklessly from Billy Strayhorn and Radiohead to the Grateful Dead, Thelonious Monk, and Carla Bley.

Dan Seamans transcribed most of the tunes on PLAYS THE SOLID GOLD HITS (2007), featuring songs from popular sources. The Beatles, Bjork, Beck, Black Sabbath, The Band, and Juana Molina populate the microgrooves and offer imaginative recreations with the band’s stripped down sound.

MYSTERIOUS TOBOGGAN (2011) returned with the trio’s signature loose-limbed sound, featuring three original works by Greenlief and Seamans.

The Lost Trio celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2014 with the release of MONKWORK, featuring a new approach to the presentation of  Thelonious Monk tunes by the iconic American composer. MONKWORK was listed on Pacifica Radio’s top 10 jazz albums of 2014 and inspired a 12-city west coast tour that featured performances presented by the Portland Jazz Festival, Bakersfield Jazz Coalition,  ArtShare LA, Non Sequitur (Seattle), and a workshop residency at Western Oregon University.


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