Upper Westside Story
Trio West is a New York City based piano trio. Producer-composer-arranger-drummer and leader, Tobias Gebb, was born and raised on the west side of Manhattan, thus giving rise to the name Trio West. The band garnered fresh attention after thier latest 2007 release 'Trio West Plays Holiday Songs' was ranked in the top 10 best holiday records on about.com and went on to climb the jazz radio charts to #13 nationally. Trio West plays regularly at venues around New York City. As accomplished degree-holding musicians, the members of Trio West have performed with a wide variety of internationally known artists both within the jazz genre and beyond. They include Cab Calloway, Jon Hendricks, Donald Fegan (Steely Dan), Lenny Kravitz, Joe Lovano, Larry Goldings, Art Baron (Duke Ellington), Arnie Lawrence, Peter Yellin, Buster Williams, Joel Frahm, Duane Burno, and Micheal Leonhart among others. In addition, Tobias Gebb won a 1996 Grammy competition with the band Skizm, and learned valuable production techniques as he worked with legendary producers such as Phil Ramone, Terry Manning and Patrick Dillet. Trio West takes it's influence from some of the great artists of the 20th century including Ahmad Jamal, Duke Ellington, The Beatles, The Buena Vista Social Club and Miles Davis. Particularly, Ahmad Jamal has had a strong influence on Trio West for his subtle usage of space, dynamics and inventive arrangements.