On Tour in support of their new release “Screen Sounds”, the third release by the band
The Joe Policastro Trio is a Chicago-based jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature also brings rock, pop, old-school funk, soul, Brazilian, and free improvisation to the surface while still keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic trio intact.
Known for its eclectic taste and approach, the Joe Policastro Trio “makes the case that such musical hybridity is worth celebrating.” “Policastro…is a melody-minded bassist who prioritizes group cohesion over individual displays of virtuosity.” (Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat)
The Joe Policastro Trio is a band that can turn “pop tart into Jazz art” (Travis Rogers, Jazz Owl) and one that “should have wide appeal among both jazz fans and listeners of other genres.” (Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine)
The band is currently on a 25+ city tour in support of their new album, “Screen Sounds”, the third release by the Joe Policastro Trio. It features the singular approach of the Chicago-based jazz trio on a unique assemblage of music from movies and TV. The album features music from films such as Yojimbo, The Godfather, Blade Runner, Midnight Cowboy, and TV shows such as Taxi, The Young and the Restless, and Twin Peaks. Both a musical tapestry and personal soundtrack, the trio has re-purposed these selections blending each member’s unique voice into a unified sound while shedding new light on these musical touchstones.
Long-standing residencies in Chicago served as an incubator for its members to write, arrange, and develop a collective voice in the way a band only can over time. Other releases include 2013’s “West Side Story Suite”, and 2016’s “POPS!”, also on JeruJazz Records.
Beyond Chicago, the band has been extensively playing together on the road having completed several tours even performing for President Barack Obama this past fall. As sidemen, Joe Policastro (Jeff Hamilton, Pat and Debby Boone, Phil Woods, Diane Schuur), Dave Miller (Clarice Assad, Patricia Barber, Algernon), and Mikel Avery (Joshua Abrams, Theaster Gates, Rob Mazurek) have shared the stage with a wide array of musicians but dedicate collectively to this trio.
Brian Keith Wallen is on the road all the time. From one coast to another, Brian is spreading his brand of alternative blues across the country. His lightning licks on guitar will never let you forget his name. In just a few years, Brian has released five albums and performed over 1,000 shows in 17 states. iSpy Cincy writes, “His raw passionate sound encompasses the blues soul with perfection.”
Brian placed 2nd in the 2015 International Blues Challenge, ranking in the top two out of hundreds of blues artists from all over the world. He is also the winner of the Star-Gennett Blues Artist of the Year award, the Cincy Blues Challenge, and the Dayton Blues Challenge.
Incorporating elements of blues, rock, bluegrass, and folk, Brian has brought his foot-stomping, one-man-band show to timeless treasures, such as Dollywood and the Ryman Auditorium. He’s also taken it all the way to countless blues festivals and the one and only Beale Street. “The artists that I love bring energy and soul to their music,” Brian says. “They put it all out there, and it’s real. I aspire to get to that level, and every performance is an opportunity.”