Roots Brewing Company will present an evening of original jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, featuring The John Davey Trio. The trio is composer and bassist John Davey, guitarist Joe Siracusa, and drummer Joe Tokarowski.
According to a media release, Davey "came of musical age" in the late 1960s and early '70s in central New Jersey, amid an eclectic mix of popular music that included Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and John Coltrane. As a young musician, he performed in country-rock bands, original jazz combos, experimental performance-art ensembles and as a backup musician for singer-songwriters. He was inspired to take up the upright bass after hearing Mark Helias at a jazz concert, and began studying with Dave Holland and Gary Peacock.
Davey lived and played in Seattle in the late 1970s before returning to the East coast, where he formed the original jazz trio Interweave. The group performed in the Northeast for 10 years and recorded an album, "Expedition," in 1986.
Davey moved to upstate New York in 1979 and began teaching at the State University College at Oneonta, where he has received many grants for recordings and performances. In the area, he has performed with The Catskill Symphony, jazz pianists Mike Holober, Francesca Tanksley and Jeremy Wall, saxophonists Al Galodoro, Erica Lindsay, Brian Patneaude, Jonathan Lorentz, and the late J.R. Montrose, bansuri flutist Steve Gorn, guitarists John Stowell and Chuck D’Aloia, the late percussionist Collin Walcott (from the band Oregon), percussionist Brian Melick, and jazz cellist Hank Roberts.
Guitarist Joe Siracusa and drummer Joe Tokarowski are both regulars on the central New York jazz scene. Both perform with vocalist Diane Ducey's Jazz Quintet, vocalist Dana Marcine's "Jazzified" Quintet, and the SMART jazz quartet with pianist Rob Roman.
Roots is at 175 Main St. in downtown Oneonta.