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DAVE EASLEY QUARTET
July 21, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
As a young man, Dave Easley found himself playing pedal steel guitar with seasoned jazz musicians twice his age, including Lin Halliday, a veteran of the Glenn Miller and Maynard Ferguson groups. Dave’s first tackling of the classic Giant Steps was accompanied with Lin’s personal account of John Coltrane’s private remarks on the landmark recording. From this “jumping into the deep end,” Dave carried away a sense of spontaneity combined with a deep work ethic that has carried him through many years of stage and studio appearances alongside superb performers such as Brian Blade, Charlie Byrd, Dr. John, Coco Robicheaux, Cyril Neville, Joni Mitchell, Colonel Bruce Hampton, George Porter Jr, James Singleton, Howard Levy, Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead, Jeff Matika of Green Day, and Jerry Jemmott.
The New Orleans based freelance pedal steel guitar player, Dave Easley has worked with diverse artists such as Old And In The Way’s Peter Rowan (Dharma Blues), Ruthie Foster (the Grammy-nominated Let it Burn), jazz drummer Brian Blade (Brian Blade & The Fellowship, Perceptual), and New Orleans blues legend Coco Robicheaux (Louisiana Medicine Man, Yeah You Rite). His own album and band of the same name, Easley Rider, gives Dave a chance to perform music from his eclectic, psychedelic catalog of original material.
Earlier this year though, Easley dove deeper into his jazz side with the release of his latest album, Byways of the Moon, featuring his interpretations of John Coltrane, Theolonious Monk, Carla Bley, Led Zeppelin, and more, music from which he performs with his quartet tonight. The album was named “Best Jazz on Bandcamp.com” in January 2022, during its release month.
“Easley is nimble on the strings and motors of his instrument, gliding, picking and ascending the melody with glowing pointillism. It’s easy to float away in his glissando, but Easley returns to Earth just as Pineda takes a spirited piano solo warmed by the Wurlizter’s hum and the rhythm section’s spacious scene setting.” – NPR.org