Dick Fregulia's Bill Evans Tribute Trio was born September 15, 2010, to honor the great jazz pianist 30 years after his death on that date. With Fregulia on piano, Piro Patton on bass, and Bill Moody on drums, the trio performed three sets at Caffe DiVino in Sausalito, moving sequentially through the style and spirit of several distinct periods of the Evans trios. The evening was a great success and the trio committed to extend the tribute.
Fregulia, a Bay Area jazz pianist who came of age with the emergence of the original Bill Evans Trio, has maintained a local musical profile, playing restaurant solo gigs, with small jazz groups, accompanying singers, and holding the Thursday night piano bench at the Washington Square Bar & Grill for 35 years.
Drummer Bill Moody played internationally for years before settling into Sonoma, where he taught at Sonoma State and continues to write jazz mystery novels.
Piro Patton, the youngest of the group, is a devotee of Scott LaFarro and plays in a variety of groups. He is a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music and a successful professional photographer.
Fregulia's piano can be heard on several CDs that are available on CDBaby.com. The goal of the Tribute Trio is to recreate the style and spirit of the Bill Evans Trios, rather than to duplicate the original arrangements, and to ultimately honor the legacy of the Evans trio in the history of piano jazz.
The feature-length documentary Bill Evans Time Remembered, completed in 2015 by television producer/editor Bruce Spiegel, tells the story of Evans' turbulent life and his unprecedented contribution to the jazz community. The film was self-funded by the producer, who traveled and interviewed approximately 40 people over a 7-year period of time. For more information go to billevanstimeremembered.com and/or dickfreguliajazzpiano.com.
The trio's performance is at 8 pm; Film showing is from 9:15-10:45pm.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!