Posted: September 9, 2022

Understated Trio Debuts in NYC

Sunday, September 18, 4-6pm
Operation Gig: Outdoor Performance

171 Westminster Road, Brooklyn
Free; Suggested Donation $10/person or $20/group

Wednesday, October 5, sets at 7:30pm & 9pm
Mezzrow

163 W 10th St, NYC
Reserved Seats $35, available at smallslive.com
Walk in seats $25, subject to availability

Bennett Paster – piano
Gary Wang – bass
Tony Mason – drums


As the world around us continues to grow ever more complex, I’ve found myself looking to music for an antidote: something to settle, to soothe, to smooth over the wrinkles of our modern lives. My latest trio and set of new compositions, and our forthcoming recording, are the results of this search, resulting in the kind of music that I’ve wanted to hear: a simpler, more essential expression of jazz; music that is, in a word, Understated

Synthesizing elements of soul jazz & boogaloo, blues and groove, with singable melodies and a touch of modern harmony, my aim is for this music to be satisfyingly listenable while still substantial and genuine.  Group interplay and groove trump individual soloistic expression; the listener can surrender to our sonic universe and the songs land in the ear with a satisfying splash.

Stop by one of our two debut gigs, and stay tuned here for more info about the forthcoming Understated recording.

photo by Jenni Walkowiak, c 2022