Pianist, singer and songwriter Craig Jaster radiates warmth, wit, and seasoned disregard for boundaries between jazz, blues, swing, soul, and roots. His 2017 album, Craig Jaster Trio, captures the group’s energy, spontaneity, and nuanced interaction in original compositions ranging from driving blues to melodic instrumental poems. His latest, Good Night Blues [release date July 1, 2023], was recorded with his longtime US quartet, and additional contributions from musicians in Florence, Italy, where he has been based since 2019. He returns regularly to New England to perform with his quartet. He is also a founding member of Americana band The Buskers, playing bass, accordion and percussion as well as piano, and producing their albums Ray's Vacation (2004), Spank That Tambourine! (2009) and Every Day We Play A New Song (2013).
As sideman, he has performed with trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, vocalist Philip Hamilton and bluesman Big Joe Burrell, and he has opened for Ray Charles, Dianne Reeves, Maria Muldaur, and Arturo Sandoval, among others. In 2019 he worked with Washington, DC area Happenstance Theater as music director, composer, and performer.
His current Italian trio features Florentine bassist Lorenzo Vezzali and fellow expat Mark DiFlorio on drums. His US quartet features Paul Bourgelais, guitar; John Hunter, contrabass; and Tim Gilmore, drums.
Craig Jaster ha una lunga esperienza come pianista, cantante, e compositore jazz e blues. Durante la sua carriera ha suonato, fra gli altri, con vari musicisti tra questi il trombonista Delfeayo Marsalis, il cantante Philip Hamilton, e il bluesman Big Joe Burrell. Ha aperto di artisti internazionali come Ray Charles, Dianne Reeves, e Arturo Sandoval.
Il suo discografia includeCraig Jaster Trio (2017),
e il suo ultimo lavoro, Good Night Blues, (data di uscita 1 luglio 2023), registrato con il suo quartetto americano e con la partecipazione di musicisti italiani. Ha registrato anche quattro dischi con il gruppo The Buskers (musica alle radice americane).
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Dal 2019 risiede a Firenze, e suona in trio insieme al bassista fiorentino Lorenzo Vezzali e il collega espatriato Mark DiFlorio alla batteria. Il suo quartetto americano comprende Paul Bourgelais, chitarra; Tim Gilmore, batteria; e John Hunter, contrabasso.