Berklee Summer in the CitySugarcane Trio
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Composed of Alex Baboian on guitar, Jared Henderson on upright bass, and Jon Aanestad on violin, the trio was born after Aanestad needed a guitarist to fill in on a gig he had booked. Baboian and Henderson were brought into the mix to play on a few of the gigs that had been booked for a trio. The chemistry seemed to be palpable immediately.
The Sugarcane Trio loves catchy hooks and makes a point to pay close attention to melody in spontaneous improvisation. During live performance, each band member's influences are imbued on a musical canvas that becomes spontaneously unique: Henderson's nimble fingers drive the trio forward with an intellectual, woody bass line, while Baboian mixes tasteful jazz stylings with a Motown groove. Aanestad's hearty and overt vocals soar above violin lines that are heavily influenced by his classical background as well as gritty blues players like Stuff Smith, fiddle players Stuart Duncan and Bobby Hicks, and jazz contemporaries such as Regina Carter.