Tuesday, August 2, 2011
BRAD MEHLDAU (video)
Mehldau was born Bradford Alexander Mehldau in 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida. His family moved to Connecticut where Mehldau spent most of his childhood and high school. He attended William H. Hall High School in West Hartford and participated in Hall's prestigious jazz program. While a sophomore in high school, he won Berklee College's Best All-Around Musician Award.
He cites Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Peter Bernstein, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jesse Davis, David Sánchez and the other members of his own trio as influences. He implements his classical training by often playing a separate melody with each hand in unusual rhythmic meters. For example, he plays his arrangement of Jerome Kern's standard "All the Things You Are" on Art of the Trio, Vol. IV in A major (a half-step up from the original key, A-flat major) played in 7/4 time. On Day Is Done, he also plays Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" in 7/4. Another of Mehldau's signature techniques is to create an ostinato in his right hand whilst developing a motivic idea in his left hand.
Mehldau cherishes Brazilian music, citing Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque and Simone.
In August 2010 Mehldau joined John Mayer on stage at the Hollywood Bowl for a short duo set. Their set included "Bittersweet Symphony", "Can't Find My Way Home", and "The Wind Cries Mary".
Mehldau is married to Dutch jazz vocalist Fleurine, with whom he has recorded and toured extensively. He speaks fluent Dutch.