Jazz and More With Kelly Roberti Series Presents The Adam Platt Trio This June

Adam Platt, Incredible pianist and Bozeman Native will have several appearances in Bozeman during the first week of June. June 1 7pm at the Library Community Room Kelly Roberti will host an in depth interview with Adam, free to the public. June 5 & 6 8pm performances at Equinox Theatre, 2307 N. 7th (across the street from Murdochs). Each performance is $18 or $30 to attend both performances. Also on June 6 at 2pm at the Equinox Theatre we will have a clinic/workshop $5.

Jazz at the Equinox and the Bozeman Public Library's "Jazz and More with Kelly Roberti" series proudly present a week of appearances by incredible pianist and Bozeman native, Adam Platt and his trio. Platt is one of the most heralded and accomplished modern musicians to have been raised in Montana. While in Bozeman he will appear with his old friend, bassist Kelly Roberti and Brad Edwards on drums.

The schedule for the week is a busy and exciting one. There will be an in depth interview with Adam Platt on Monday, June 1 at 7:00 at the Bozeman Public Library (Community Room) as featured guest on "Jazz & More with Kelly Roberti". This is the launch of the popular summer series. This interview with Platt is free and open to all. Adam Platt will perform two concerts at the Equinox Theatre on Friday, June 5 & Saturday, June 6 at 8:00. Admission is $18.00 for one show or $30.00 for both shows. One of the evening performances will have the Adam Platt Trio performing Jazz and classic standards and the other will be a mixed bag of original material, both electric and eclectic. There also will be a ticket special to purchase six reservations for the price of five. For reservations call the Equinox Theatre (406-587-0737). For more information email kelroberti@gmail.com. There will be a clinic/workshop on Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 at the Equinox Theatre. This event is for listeners, students and professional musicians. The admission for the workshop is $5.00. These appearances are being co-sponsored by The Equinox Theatre Company, All About Pianos, Jazz Montana, Hand Me Down Some Silver and many private donors.

Born in 1981 in Bozeman, Montana, and playing the piano since the age of four, Adam Platt received his first national recognition when at age ten, he became the youngest person ever to win the solo piano competition at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Invited back to Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival as a guest artist at age twelve, Adam became the pianist for the top jazz band at Montana State University and remained in that position for the three years prior to entering high school. At that same time, he was opening shows with his brother Alex, for artists including Diana Krall, Eric Alexander and Mose Allison. Adam went on to receive three DownBeat student music awards as well as a second win at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 1998. Proclaimed "a monster" by Tootie Heath and "prodigious" by Leonard Feather, Adam participated at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for six summers, studying with such masters as Benny Green and Mulgrew Miller. Awarded a full scholarship at the age of eleven, Adam has now joined the faculty at the renowned Stanford Jazz Workshop. Adam taught in Boston, MA with a studio of over 50 students. He taught master classes for all grade levels in of the public schools in Bozeman, Montana, and Workshop at Stanford University in July of 2007 and 2008. He currently is the pianist for an educational program at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City called "We Bop" which exposes preschools and infants to jazz.

Having his formal training at both The New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music with mentors including Michael Cain, Bob Moses and Joanne Brackeen, Adam currently performs with a variety of jazz, funk and hip hop ensembles primarily in New York clubs. Living and teaching in New York City, he has recorded four CDs, the most recent being Embrace, a duo album of all original music with bassist Kelly Roberti. He is currently working on a new album of original music with his own ensemble Dance Fight. http://www.myspace.com/dancefight He is the pianist/keyboardist for the Dana Leong's band Milk and Jade (www.danaleong.com) with whom he has toured Europe.


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