“One of the nicest gifts to arrive on the jazz piano scene in recent times, and we couldn’t be more delighted to welcome her.”
Trick “has come to practically dominate the stride piano field,” notes
reviewer Jack Rummel. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s
and ’30s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not
only swings, but is also technically demanding and exciting to watch.
Louis Mazetier, a respected interpreter of this genre, writes in the
Bulletin of the Hot Club of France that she has “won the esteem of
specialists in the genre with wonderful interpretations of stride
classics, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Don Lambert (which she
learned by ear). She plays these pieces with a punch that is matched by
her precise interpretation.”
a swinging approach inspired by second-generation stride pianists such
as Dick Hyman, Ralph Sutton, and Dick Wellstood (as well as the
original Harlem ticklers, James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith,
and Fats Waller), and one that includes boogie woogie and blues from
the late ‘20s, Stephanie was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious
Kobe-Breda Jazz Friendship Award, and has performed in many parts of
the United States and Europe in a variety of venues, including the
Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy, the KIG Dixieland Festival in
Dresden, Germany, the Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party, the
Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival,
and the Sacramento Music Festival. In 2008, 2010, and 2014, she was
invited to perform at the international Stride & Swing Piano Summit
in Boswil, Switzerland.
A serious student, dedicated to classic jazz and the stride piano tradition, she has played with a number of celebrated musicians, including Dick Hyman, Phil Flanigan, Rossano Sportiello, Allan Vaché, Louis Mazetier, Nicki Parrott, and Danny Coots. Graduating from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the University of Chicago.
Stephanie frequently performs with her husband, acclaimed pianist Paolo Alderighi, making fresh arrangements of songs from the Swing Era in a four-hands piano duo, and they currently have four albums together (see www.paoloandstephanie.com). In 2014, they played for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Stephanie also enjoys accompanying Grammy-nominated lyricist and vocalist Lorraine Feather in a show that features the music of James P. Johnson and other stride piano composers, set to original lyrics by Feather (see www.nouveaustride.com).
Stephanie has recorded eleven albums and one DVD. Her solo “Live” CD was awarded the “New Talent Prize 2011” by the Hot Club of France. (CD track listings, video clips, ordering information, and more may be found on her website at www.stephanietrick.com.)
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