The Jim Lower trio is a piano trio consisting of Jake Herzog, Sam Copeland and Jim Lower. We primarily focus on arrangements of classic jazz standards from the great American songbook. While our primary focus is the piano trio we are always happy to add a vocalist, sax or trumpet and become a quartet or quintet. In addition to the trio we can also morph into The Jim Lower Jazz Orchestra, a full 16 piece jazz orchestra that appears weekly in Kansas City.
Price Range: $600-$5000
Gig Length: 60 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
With me you get more then the typical musician experience. I have years of running small businesses with my wife and have the mind set that service comes before anything, I aim to go above and beyond expectations. I am very flexible and can handle nearly any request ranging from piano trio all the way up to a full scale big band and anything in between.
Call or text is most direct but I do check my email every few hours and will stay in constant communication leading up to your event.
Traditional, hard swinging, and laid back are all words that could describe Jim Lower’s playing Style. A Missouri Native, Lower has spent a majority of his life studying and performing in and around Kansas City. At the age of 12 Lower received his first drum set and quickly discovered his desire to become a jazz drummer. While many drummers his age were exploring rock, pop, or rap, Lower was busy studying Jeff Hamilton’s style of playing. Early on he knew that Hamilton’s infectious style and mastery of the brushes was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Eventually drummers like Mel Lewis, Elvin Jones, “Philly” Joe Jones, Buddy Rich, and Shelly Manne began influencing Lower.
Self-taught until college Lower, would attend the University Of Central Missouri earning a BA in Jazz Studies. At UCM Lower spent his time studying music performance and music pedagogy with Dr. Michael Sekelsky and Dr. David Aaberg all while regularly performing throughout Kansas City. After graduation, Lower spent a short about of time at the University of Northern Colorado but midway through his time he decided that UNC was not the right fit for him. Eventually he would return to Kansas City where he began weaving himself into the Kansas City music scene. After taking some time away from school he rediscovered his passion for music and more importantly teaching music and decided to finish his masters at the University of Missouri Kansas City finishing his Masters In Jazz Studies.
As a performer Lower has performed regularly in the Kansas City jazz scene and has been involved in everything including piano trio, big band, and organ trio. Currently Lower is gathering arrangements and looking for a home for one of his longtime dreams, his own big band dedicated to the music of Buddy Rich, Terry Gibbs, Woody Herman, and other groups involved in the late 1950’s west coast jazz scene.
Additional Booking Notes
For the type of service offered I will generally handle everything on my end, so there is no need for you to even concern yourself, let me make it easy for you.
Past Booked Events
|November 15, 2018 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|August 09, 2018 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
We are always happy to accommodate any special requests but typically anything sang by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald or performed by The Oscar Peterson Trio, The Ahmad Jamal Trio, The Jeff Hamilton trio or similar artists is on the table. We try to focus only on class Jazz and Big Band era standards.
Influences & Inspiration
My influences are groups like the Ray Brown Trio, Jeff Hamilton Trio, Oscar Peterson Trio and a variety of big bands. Everything the Jim Lower Trio performs is straight out of the Great American Songbook and will easily be recognized by nearly anyone in the audience.
We don't really have any required equipment that we expect you to provide. The one exception is if a piano is available, we would request that it is tuned a few days before our performance.
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