Jazz Piano Trio: Mostly Other People Do the Killing
The jazz piano trio Mostly Other People Do the Killing will perform Monday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall at Mercyhurst University. Mostly Other People Do the Killing has been a mainstay on the jazz scene since 2003 and has won several awards, including Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Poll's "Rising Star Ensemble." The ensemble was formed in New York in 2003 by bassist/composer Moppa Elliott and has existed in several configurations from a trio to a septet over the years. It currently features founding drummer Kevin Shea (2012 Best Drummer, Village Voice) and pianist Ron Stabinsky (NPR Critics' 2017 Best Debut Album), who joined the group in 2011. MOPDtK has recorded nine studio albums consisting of compositions by Elliott and pieces by Duke Ellington, Bobby Timmons, Billy Joel, and others. In 2012 MOPDtK recorded "Blue," a note-for-note remake of Miles Davis' classic "Kind of Blue." The Erie program will include compositions by Moppa Elliott, as well as works by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk and pieces from Elliott's new recording, Jazz Band/Dance Band/Rock Band. The concert is free and open to the public. For information, call 814-824-2394.