The Giving Trio (SideBar)
The Giving Trio is a Chicago-based jazz group with a style and sound reminiscent of late 50's and 60's cool-jazz and pop music. Think: Bill Evans, Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz. Spice all of that up with hints of Motown, The Beach Boys and The Beatles and you'll have yourself a good taste of The Giving Trio’s aesthetic.
The trio is made up of John W. Lauler on upright bass, Justin Cash on guitar, and Alex Kerwin on alto saxophone. All three met while attending Columbia College Chicago, and after graduating they continued to work together on the Chicago music scene. They began to meet and play together regularly in 2014, building a repertoire of their favorite jazz standards and classic pop tunes. From these sessions they developed a group rapport and soon after started playing out as The Giving Trio.
With both unique arrangements of jazz and pop standards and their original compositions, the trio crafts wonderful, fun-loving sounds in a unique, drummer-less setting.