2021 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Left Ear Trio

Church Street in front of City Hall


Out of the creative energies of Boston and New York City, the Left Ear Trio was formed. Since their incarnation in 2002, they have been putting their own twist on an age-old format: the organ trio. Although the group has firm roots in the tradition of the masters (Grant Green, Larry Young, Jimmy Smith, to name but a few), they revel in many styles, and their sound can sometimes be compared to the likes of jazz-funk outfits Soulive and Medeski Martin & Wood.

Beyond the jam band hang, you can also expect to hear Afrobeat, high life, breakbeat rhythms, country, Americana, and reggae influences, as the Left Ear trio pushes to develop the undiscovered sound that defines them. Drawing on these styles, the group writes original music based on improvisation and groove, attracting the attention of any audience, both dancers and listeners alike.

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