Alex Skolnick Trio

Thu Sep 13 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Iridium

1650 Broadway New York, NY 10019

All Ages

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Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Alex began playing the guitar at age nine, inspired by Kiss and The Beatles. Though he’d originally dreamed of becoming a singer/guitarist, Alex immediately shifted his focus to lead guitar upon hearing guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, as well as the Ozzy Osbourne band’s late guitarist, Randy Rhoads, whose plans to one day attain a university music degree would inspire Alex’s own ambitions.

Reading interviews with his guitar heroes of the 80s led Alex to research their own influences; soon he was absorbing the work of rock and blues greats from the 60s and 70s, such as Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Leslie West and others. Later, his influences would include jazz improvisers such as Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and John Scofield as well as world music artists such as Paco DeLucia, Al Di Meola and Strunz & Farah.

Alex’s parents, Jerome Skolnick and Arlene, were Ph.D graduates from Yale University and on faculty at UC Berkeley where his mother was a research psychologist and his father was a tenured professor of sociology. Visualizing a similar path for their son, a music career was frowned upon, although guitar lessons were begrudgingly accepted. Alex studied the basics on an old acoustic instrument with Berkeley folk/children’s artist Gary Lapow, before moving on to local rock and blues teachers who played electric guitar. By his teens, Alex had become a student of master virtuoso Joe Satriani – then a full time guitar instructor in Berkeley and not yet a household name. Alex would become one of many Bay Area guitarists who studied under Satriani to achieve recognition (others include 8-string jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter, Larry Lelonde of Primus and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett).

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    The band is in the midst of their headlining tour in North America, and it is incredible.  On previous European tours, the trio enthralled audiences in at the Larvik Guitar Festival in Norway, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Austria.  The audiences were made up of jazz aficionados and metal heads wanting to see what the lead guitarist from the thrash metal band TESTAMENT is up to.  

    New York City based Alex Skolnick Trio (AST) blends genre and form of disparate bebop jazz standards and originals with a highly cerebral balls-out take on arena metal rock staples. Comfortable in blurring the stylings of Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, Mssrs. Alex Skolnick (guitar and vocals), Matt Zebroski (drums), Nathan Peck (acoustic standup bass) are stellar virtuoso artists who thrive on playing challenging music in front of their fans.

    Conceived as a sharp three piece ensemble uniquely inspired by the musical wanderings of Alex Skolnick, world-renowned lead guitarist and founding member of Testament, one of the most influential metal/thrash bands of all time, AST delights their dedicated audience while breaking hallowed and, supposedly, mutually opposite music genres.
    Along with Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and Charlie Hunter, Alex has the profound distinction of being one of the more successful breakout individual students of uber-guitar-hero Joe Satriani.

    The last seven years has seen the ensemble produce three Alex Skolnick Trio records, Last Day in Paradise 2007 (Magna Carta), Transformation 2004 (Magna Carta), and their debut recording Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation 2004 (Skol Productions) The international music press has been overwhelmingly receptive and effervescent in their support of the Trio. Since the debut, AST had had an entire Jazz notes column in Billboard, garnered 4 ½ stars by Downbeat, reviewed by Jazziz, The Village Voice and has charted on the JazzWeek radio charts. Most recently the Trio enjoyed its status amongst the greats as an NPR Jazz Daily Pick feature.

    Typical of a comment by an AST fan (in this case, Kirk Hammett of Metallica) as recently as December, 2008 proclaimed in Guitar World magazine when speaking about AST: “Love them. I love his work. What Alex is doing by putting heavy metal songs in a jazz context is completely refreshing. His take on "Detroit Rock City" blew me away; that song has never sounded better to me. And when you think about, the old jazz standards were the pop music of their time, so Alex has updated the notion of what a standard is, and it's opened up all the current music to interpretation.”

    Live AST performs a compelling mix of live music and typically intersperses half the set of original compositions, with arrangements of classic Metal-Rockified jazz music by Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Pink Floyd, Rush, Sabbath, Dio and more, most of which have been thoroughly road tested by the boys.

    Line-Up:
    Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Alliance):  GUITAR
    Matt Zebroski:  DRUMS
    Nathan Peck (Maynard Ferguson, Maria Maldaur, Richard Cheese):  BAS

Alex Skolnick Trio

Thu Sep 13 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

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Alex Skolnick Trio
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Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Alex began playing the guitar at age nine, inspired by Kiss and The Beatles. Though he’d originally dreamed of becoming a singer/guitarist, Alex immediately shifted his focus to lead guitar upon hearing guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, as well as the Ozzy Osbourne band’s late guitarist, Randy Rhoads, whose plans to one day attain a university music degree would inspire Alex’s own ambitions.

Reading interviews with his guitar heroes of the 80s led Alex to research their own influences; soon he was absorbing the work of rock and blues greats from the 60s and 70s, such as Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Leslie West and others. Later, his influences would include jazz improvisers such as Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and John Scofield as well as world music artists such as Paco DeLucia, Al Di Meola and Strunz & Farah.

Alex’s parents, Jerome Skolnick and Arlene, were Ph.D graduates from Yale University and on faculty at UC Berkeley where his mother was a research psychologist and his father was a tenured professor of sociology. Visualizing a similar path for their son, a music career was frowned upon, although guitar lessons were begrudgingly accepted. Alex studied the basics on an old acoustic instrument with Berkeley folk/children’s artist Gary Lapow, before moving on to local rock and blues teachers who played electric guitar. By his teens, Alex had become a student of master virtuoso Joe Satriani – then a full time guitar instructor in Berkeley and not yet a household name. Alex would become one of many Bay Area guitarists who studied under Satriani to achieve recognition (others include 8-string jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter, Larry Lelonde of Primus and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett).

Alex Skolnick Trio

Alex Skolnick Trio

Music

The band is in the midst of their headlining tour in North America, and it is incredible.  On previous European tours, the trio enthralled audiences in at the Larvik Guitar Festival in Norway, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Austria.  The audiences were made up of jazz aficionados and metal heads wanting to see what the lead guitarist from the thrash metal band TESTAMENT is up to.  

New York City based Alex Skolnick Trio (AST) blends genre and form of disparate bebop jazz standards and originals with a highly cerebral balls-out take on arena metal rock staples. Comfortable in blurring the stylings of Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, Mssrs. Alex Skolnick (guitar and vocals), Matt Zebroski (drums), Nathan Peck (acoustic standup bass) are stellar virtuoso artists who thrive on playing challenging music in front of their fans.

Conceived as a sharp three piece ensemble uniquely inspired by the musical wanderings of Alex Skolnick, world-renowned lead guitarist and founding member of Testament, one of the most influential metal/thrash bands of all time, AST delights their dedicated audience while breaking hallowed and, supposedly, mutually opposite music genres.
Along with Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and Charlie Hunter, Alex has the profound distinction of being one of the more successful breakout individual students of uber-guitar-hero Joe Satriani.

The last seven years has seen the ensemble produce three Alex Skolnick Trio records, Last Day in Paradise 2007 (Magna Carta), Transformation 2004 (Magna Carta), and their debut recording Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation 2004 (Skol Productions) The international music press has been overwhelmingly receptive and effervescent in their support of the Trio. Since the debut, AST had had an entire Jazz notes column in Billboard, garnered 4 ½ stars by Downbeat, reviewed by Jazziz, The Village Voice and has charted on the JazzWeek radio charts. Most recently the Trio enjoyed its status amongst the greats as an NPR Jazz Daily Pick feature.

Typical of a comment by an AST fan (in this case, Kirk Hammett of Metallica) as recently as December, 2008 proclaimed in Guitar World magazine when speaking about AST: “Love them. I love his work. What Alex is doing by putting heavy metal songs in a jazz context is completely refreshing. His take on "Detroit Rock City" blew me away; that song has never sounded better to me. And when you think about, the old jazz standards were the pop music of their time, so Alex has updated the notion of what a standard is, and it's opened up all the current music to interpretation.”

Live AST performs a compelling mix of live music and typically intersperses half the set of original compositions, with arrangements of classic Metal-Rockified jazz music by Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Pink Floyd, Rush, Sabbath, Dio and more, most of which have been thoroughly road tested by the boys.

Line-Up:
Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Alliance):  GUITAR
Matt Zebroski:  DRUMS
Nathan Peck (Maynard Ferguson, Maria Maldaur, Richard Cheese):  BAS