Opening Act: Hussain Jiffry
KAIT DUNTON is a Los Angeles based composer & pianist with an unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio, best expressed by her genre-pushing super group, trioKAIT. Together with bassist Cooper Appelt (Kan Wakan, Station Breaks, Robert Davi) and drummer Jake Reed (Bill Holman, Bruce Forman, Mako), trioKAIT brings a modern, tight and groovy sound to the piano trio format. Fused together via Kait’s unconventional compositions and arrangements, the trio melds into a laser-focused single entity that is captivating, playful and exciting.
Kait has produced and released three albums of original compositions, with a fourth featuring her equally out-of-the-box arranging style. Her latest album, trioKAIT Casual, reached top twenty on the JazzWeek charts and remained there for weeks. Her third record, trioKAIT, made the Huffington Post’s list of “The Best Jazz for 2015” and was featured in Downbeat Magazine as well as on JAZZIZ Magazine’s 33⅓ Anniversary CD. Her second album, Mountain Suite, features master interpreters Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, John Daversa and Darek Oles. In addition to composition and performance, Kait is also an active educator, heading the Piano Performance program at the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena, California