Pianist/Composer Rave Tesarʼs musical background is deep and wide ranging. As a result, Raveʼs style is a rich
blending of classical, jazz and pop, displaying strong technique and an adventurous sense of improvisation. The
Trio, with strong support from bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Bill Tesar, has been performing Raveʼs music
for several decades.
Together they weave their way telepathically through a variety of compositional styles, from straight ahead classic
Jazz arrangements, ethereal modal soundscapes, and adventurous improvisations.
Rave Tesar - Piano
Son of trumpeter and educator Charles Tesar, Raveʼs musical background is deep and wide ranging. As a result,
Raveʼs style is a rich blending of classical, jazz, and pop music, displaying a strong technique and an adventures
sense of improvisation.
Always a busy freelance musician on the New York scene, over the years Rave has also toured and recorded with
many groups and band leaders including:
The Shirelleʼs , Tirez Tirez, Charlie Rouse, Steve Marcus, Dave Pike,
The Istanbul Orchestra, Annie Haslam, and Renaissance.
In addition to his keyboard skills, Rave is also a composer, arranger, and record producer with a catalogue of over
seven hundred pieces for film and television. Rave currently appears as a featured artist in the PBS television series
ʻExploring the World of Music.ʼ
Bill Tesar - Drums
Born 1952 in New York. Bill was born into a musical family. He began playing the piano at age 5 and continued to
age 12. After experimenting with numerous other instruments for 2 years he settled on the drums. At age 16 he
began studies with Sonny Igoe, followed by Freddy Waits and Ed Soph. Finally at age 19 he began studying with Joe
Morello, continuing for several years. During this period, he held court with his own quartet with a steady weekly
engagement that lasted for several years at venerable local jazz clubs The Three Sisters and Gulliverʼs in West
Paterson NJ where he honed his craft. Bill was one of the youngest recipients ever of a Jazz performance grant from
the National Endowment of the Arts
Bill has performed and / or recorded with Bob Berg, Angela Bofill, Sidiku Buari, Mikel Rouseʼs Broken Consort, Tom
Chapin, Dave Douglas, Ellery Eskelin, Mark Feldman, Jerome Harris, Vic Juris, NJ Percussion Ensemble, The New
York Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Akira Omori, Hank Roberts, Ned Rothenberg, Harvey S, Tirez Tirez.
Kermit Driscoll - Bass
Born March 4th, 1956 in Kearney Nebraska, he began playing piano at age 5, bass at 13. A student of Jaco Pastorius
in 1974 he later attended the Berklee College of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude an 1978. He has recorded
and performed with: The American Composers Orchestra, Patti Austin, Chet Baker, Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, Don
Byron, John Cale, Dave Douglas, Robert Dick, Buddy Emmons, Michael Feinstein, Bill Frisell (a band member from
1987 to 1996). George Garzone, Elliot Goldenthal, Michael Gordon, Gerry Hemmingway, John Hollenbeck, Wayne
Horvitz, David Johansen, Russ Johnson, Ben E. King, Tony Malby, Ben Monder, The New jersey Symphony Orchestra,
The New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, Philharmonia Virtuuosi, The Pointer Sisiters, Buddy Rich, Mick Rossi,
Elliot Sharp, Keeley Smith, Phoebe Snow, Slodier String Quartet, Toots Thielmans, Mel Torme, Tony Trishka, Kenney
Werner, and John Zorn. A veteran of 28 Broadway shows and numerous Film scores and TV commercials, he is
currently an affiliate faculty at SUNY Purchase College and Sarah Lawrence College.
THE TESAR TRIO