THE MEANING

We Three is the collaborative formation of a trio of musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and experience joined in dedication to the music that has formed the repertoire of jazz over its century of life: the Great American Songbook, as well as the standards created specifically for jazz performance from its early days in New Orleans through the era of bebop. Melody is in the spotlight in a We Three performance; imaginative improvisation no less so. Trombone, piano, and bass work as equal partners in this group. Conal Fowkes is a brilliant and versatile pianist, at home equally in Woody Allen's New Orleans style band and the Cuban and Salsa bands he works with regularly. With his virtuosic technique, he negotiates the intricacies of stride piano as authentically and effortlessly as—in a more modern idiom—his playing might evoke Oscar Peterson or Hank Jones. Conal is also an accomplished bass player. Frank Tate's musical resume is equally distinguished in the realms of jazz and cabaret, including lengthy stints with Bobby Short, Pearl Bailey, Zoot Sims, Marian McPartland, Barbara Carol, Dave McKenna, and Matt Dennis. From his vast knowledge of the repertoire, Frank is the group's ultimate authority on melodies and harmonic changes. Tom Artin's career has ranged from the house band at Eddie Condon's jazz club in New York to the Smithsonian Jazz Repertory Ensemble and the Mel Torme big band. He also leads his own big band, The TomCats Jazz Aces, and in recent years has been featured soloist on a series of recordings honoring the great American songwriters.