The Trio of Oz
United States
Music group
Omar Hakim - Drums
Rachel Z - Piano
Solomon Dorsey - Bass

Pianist Rachel Z and drummer Omar Hakim bring their considerable skills and combined wealth of musical experiences to bear on their collaborative project, The Trio of Oz. Blending a deftly swinging jazz sensibility with their genuine love of alternative rock, the two kindred spirits put a new spin on edgy anthems like “Angry Chair” by Alice in Chains, “Sour Girl” by Stone Temple Pilots, “Lost” by Coldplay and “I Will Possess Your Heart” by Death Cab for Cutie, among others. And while some jazz-oriented interpreters of pop music often make the mistake of ‘playing at’ the music, O and Z interpret these tunes from the inside out, capturing their essence before applying creative reharmonizations, rhythmic twists and stirring improvisations.

Perhaps it comes across so organically because both Rachel and Omar are uncommonly open-minded artists, equally conversant in jazz and rock – Rachel having apprenticed with Wayne Shorter and Peter Gabriel, Hakim having played with Weather Report and Miles Davis as well as Sting, Madonna and David Bowie. Or maybe their near-telepathic connection comes from the fact that they are husband and wife. Whatever the reason, the tremendously talented couple has found a perfect musical match in The Trio of Oz.

They are joined by the super talented young bassist Solomon Dorsey.

The Trio of Oz, featuring Omar Hakim and Rachel Z, fuses rock, jazz, and jam into a must-hear musical statement. Touring extensively around the globe for the last year, the Trio of Oz is creating a legion of fans wherever they play.

Legendary drummer Omar Hakim (Weather Report, Miles Davis, David Bowie, Sting) and Grammy winning pianist, Rachel Z (Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Peter Gabriel) came together in 2010 to form the Trio of Oz. Their debut CD, The Trio of Oz, garnered rave reviews and Jazziz Magazine nominated it Best Jazz CD of the year.

Newly added bassist, Solomon Dorsey, (Stevie Wonder, Bobby Watson), a recent grad of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, brings a fresh, explosive vibe to the Trio.

The Trio of Oz takes the audience on a magical journey performing groundbreaking arrangements of notable rock music from such bands as the Killers, Depeche Mode, Death Cab for Cutie and the Police.

With an unparalleled reputation for musical virtuosity, groove, heart and soul, The Trio of Oz is a unique musical experience for rock, jazz and jam lovers.
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