"Eddie has the most surprising flexibility. Sometimes I wake up in the morning to The Today Show and see an Israeli folk group playing their folk music, and there’s a bass player in the back playing like he was born in Israel. It’s Eddie. Or he’ll get on that very free, expressionistic bag. Eddie is marvelous in that he has a very wide scope. As much as he fits me like a glove, you would almost think that this is the only way he can play because he does it so perfectly, but it’s not true.”
— Bill Evans, Helsinki, 1970.
Eddie Gomez - bass
Stefan Karlsson - piano
Rodrigo Villanueva - Drums
Eddie is a brilliant bassist, multi Grammy Award winner, whose flexibility and quick reflexes make him an ideal accompanist.
He grew up in New York and was with the Newport Festival Youth Band during 1959-1961. After studying at Juilliard, Gomez played with Rufus Jones' sextet, Marian McPartland (1964), Paul Bley (1964-1965), Giuseppe Logan, Gerry Mulligan, and Gary McFarland, among others. Gomez came to fame during his long period with the Bill Evans Trio (1966-1977).
He has since worked in a countless number of settings, including filling in for Charles Mingus (1978) and with Steps Ahead (1979-1984), Benny Wallace, Joanne Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, and in commercial settings as a studio musician. Eddie Gomez has recorded as a leader for Columbia, ProJazz, and Stretch Records.
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A native of Sweden, Stefan came to the United States in 1984 to study at the University of North Texas. While at UNT he became, for three years, a member of the world renowned One O'clock Lab Band. After having resided in Denver, Colorado (1991-1994) and in Las Vegas, Nevada (1994-2002), Stefan is currently a Full Professor in the Jazz Studies Division at the University of North Texas.
Stefan stays active as a clinician and performer concertizing at festivals, clubs and conferences worldwide. His discography includes 55 recordings with seven CD's as a leader. He is currently a recording artist on the Cambria/Troppe Note Record label (www.tncmusic.net). Further, Stefan's music was featured in the 1994 movie releases Sugar Hill (featuring Wesley Snipes), Twenty Bucks (featuring Christopher Loyd), and the 1997 Independent film Strays. Stefan's music can also frequently be heard on the television series Melrose Place, Party of Five, Wings and Homicide. Since 1996, Stefan has been a member of the Eddie Gomez Trio and Quartet (including Jimmy Cobb and Jeremy Steig) frequently touring Japan, Europe and the United States. The group has currently recorded five CD projects. In addition to performing with the Eddie Gomez group, he has also had the opportunity to share the stage and/or record
with such jazz greats as: Rufus Reid, Marc Johnson, Red Mitchell, Tom Warrington, Tim Hagan, Dick Oatts, Chris Potter, Herb Ellis, Marvin Stamm, Bobby Shew, Richard Perry, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Wigham, Ed Soph, Marvin, Smitty Smith, Eliot Zigmund, Steve
Houghton to mention a few. Stefan is an Artist Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America.
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Drummer and composer, Mr. Rodrigo Villanueva holds a bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. He has played and/or recorded with several jazz, classical and pop artists from Mexico, Perú, Korea, Japan and the U.S. Among them are Eddie Gomez, Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, Fareed Haque, Ed Saindon, Clark Terry, Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens, Liam Teague, Rodolfo Sanchez, Lee Tomboulian, Hiro Morozumi, Jangeun Bae, Carlos Guedes, Takayoshi Yoshioka, Jon Anderson, Carlos Prieto, Roberto Limón, Sandra Kaye, Carla White, and the Mexican pop icons Lucero and Alejandro Fernandez.
As a composer, he has arranged and/or sequenced music for pop artists and has published several original compositions for jazz big band. As an educator Mr. Villanueva has taught drum-set courses, clinics and workshops at many institutions in Mexico, Peru, Korea, Japan and the U.S. He is currently associate professor of jazz studies at Northern Illinois University, where he teaches drums, jazz arranging and directs the NIU Jazz Lab Band, winner of the first place at the 2008 and 2010 editions of the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival.
Rodrigo performs regularly with his jazz trio/quartet, the U.N. Jazz Trio, the NIU Jazz Faculty Group, the Sada Jazz trio, Liam Teague’s Panoramic, Jan Wheaton Jazz Quartet and the Eddie Gomez Trio. He endorses Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Latin Percussion instruments, Evans Drum heads and Vic Firth Sticks. In 2010 Rodrigo launched his own record label, the first production of this project is the new Eddie Gomez Trio album: Live In Mexico City with the legendary Eddie Gomez on bass, Swedish pianist Stefan Karlsson and Rodrigo Villanueva on drums (© Jazzling Records 2010).