February 8, 2011
"Two Times True," Pianist Carolbeth True and Drummer David True, and Friends, Present a Jazz Concert at Webster University
"Two Times True," Pianist Carolbeth True and Drummer David True, and Friends, present a jazz concert at Webster University The group’s repertoire is contemporary jazz/rock, jazz classics. Performers include: Carolbeth True, piano and keyboard; David True, drums; Larry Johnson, saxophone and Glen Smith, bass.
The concert will feature a variety of styles, including several tracks from our two CDs: "Two Times True" and "Circles" (Larry Johnson's CD), some new arrangements and several originals. Below is the tentative playlist plus composers:
Circles (Will it Go Round in Circles--Billy Preston)
Nothin' But Blues--Glen Smith
Giant Steps --John Coltrane
Fool's Gold--Joe Sample
My Shining Hour--Harold Arlen
Gentle Samba--Carolbeth True (these last 2 will be performed by the trio--piano,
Speak Low--Kurt Weill
Soul Eyes--Mal Waldron
You Took Me By Surprise--Bret Spainhour
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing--Stevie Wonder (salsa in 7/4 arranged by Glen Smith)
Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, 7 p.m.
Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Ave.
Cost: $5, $3 Seniors, free to students with I.D.
Call 968-7032, or the Fine Arts Hotline at 968-7128
Carolbeth True has been a very active member of the St. Louis musical community for many years. She is adjunct professor at Webster University—teaching jazz and classical piano, and also maintains an extensive private student roster. For years she has led her own group, The Carolbeth Trio, and now is co-leader, along with her son David True, of the group Two Times True. Carolbeth is the pianist with Hard Bop Heritage, a modern jazz ensemble led by local trumpet legend Randy Holmes; with the Sessions Big Band; with Wind of the Spirit praise band at her church; and is an original member of the cast of The Jazz Story, a one-hour overview of jazz history at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Carolbeth has backed many noted jazz artists, and performed a number of concertos with various orchestras. In 2005, she was named St. Louis Musician of the year by St. Louis Magazine, and was the 2007 recipient of the Excellence in the Arts Award from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. Carolbeth received the Riverfront Times Jazz Musician of the Year award in 2008.
She is heard on two trio CDs; New World Harmonica Jazz with Sandy Weltman; two Sessions Big Band CDs and I’m All Smiles with vocalist Debby Lennon. In 2007, Carolbeth collaborated with her son David True on drums for Two Times True on the Victoria Records label, and on the recently-released CD of saxophone-great Larry Johnson entitled “Circles.”
David True started playing the drums at the age of two. He had the privilege to study with Kevin Gianino and Chris Treloar throughout his time in St. Louis. David performed with the Parkway Central Marching Colts in the Rose Bowl Parade and the Macy’s Day Parade. As a percussionist, David performed with the Washington University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Presgrave. As a drum set artist, he was involved in the All-Suburban jazz band and also performed with his own group, formally know as the TrueJazz Quintet. Before leaving St. Louis, David received the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. After graduation, he was an assistant on the faculty of the International Summer Jazz Academy, in Krakow, Poland. There, he worked with Kevin Gianino extensively in clinics and concerts. After returning from Poland, David True continued his own studies at DePaul University in Chicago. There he performed with the jazz bands, jazz combos and the prestigious DePaul University Wind Ensemble. This ensemble has performed around the United States and has released many recordings. David also performed with a group known as The Concertante Ensemble. This group consisted of musicians from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. David True graduated from DePaul University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and business.
Upon his return to St. Louis, David True has performed with a variety of local artists. Most noted are Carolbeth True, Todd Mosby, Randy Holmes and Debby Lennon. He was the drummer for the international SPAH (harmonica) convention in 2003 and for the St. Louis “All That Tap” Concert for the past three years. This past July, he performed with the very talented jazz couple, Don and Alicia Cunningham, from Las Vegas. David works for Commerce Bank during the day and also teaches drums in the evenings.