dave askren

dave askren


On his new CD release "Trio Nuevo +" Dave Askren is featured on nylon string guitar with an all-star rhythm section playing originals and jazz standards in an exciting latin jazz style. Booking - click "contact" or phone (626) 203-8749


Many groups have combined elements of latin music with jazz in different ways - resulting in a wide range of styles falling under the heading "latin-jazz." Trio Nuevo is no exception. The widely varied influences and backgrounds of all of these players result in a unique and exciting blend.

DAVE ASKREN - has performed with a variety of jazz/latin jazz/instrumental artists, including Bob Moses, Antonio Hart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hendrik Muerkins, Stuart Hamm, Bruce Arnold, Bobby Shew, "Rhubumba", Sal Cracciolo, Jimmy Branly, Joey DeLeon Jr, David King and Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus), Ben Schacter, Gray Sargent, Kevin Eubanks, Gary Foster, Tony Rizzi's "Wire Choir" with Pete Christlieb; Mike Vax, as well as commercial recording artists including Marilyn McCoo, Latoya Jackson and Linda Hopkins.

EDDIE RESTO - has played bass with a who's who of the latin jazz world including Mongo Santamaria, Eddie (as well as Charlie) Plamieri, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon/Ruben Blades, Hilton Ruiz, Jorge Dalto, and Ray Barretto, as well as "straight ahead" artists such as Max Roach, Sonny Stitt and Kenny Kirkland.

WALTER RODRIGUEZ - is an in-demand L.A. based drummer and percussionist, whose resume includes Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuna, Yanni, Herb Alpert and Strunz & Farah, as well as as long list of CD and film credits.

RAMON BANDA - Previously a longtime member of the Poncho Sanchez band, the versatile Ramon is a mainstay of the L.A. latin jazz scene with his Banda Brothers band. His credits also include Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Freddie Hubbard, Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, Eddie Harris, Joey De Francesco, Arturo Sandoval and Terence Blanchard.


2008 release "Trio Nuevo +" (currently in nationwide airplay), "Some Other Things" (2006), "Rhubumba" (2004), "RE: Bill Evans" (2002).

Set List

A typical set list includes latin jazz originals and jazz "standards" reworked with latin grooves. The new CD contains some good examples -

Tiene Tyner (Askren original - high energy latin jazz)
Naima (John Coltrane classic in an afro-cuban style)
But Beautiful (A beautiful "standard" ballad done as a Bolero.)
Recordame (Joe Henderson's 60's Blue Note hit)
We'll Be Together Again (A Billie Holiday favorite redone as a quasi cha-cha-cha.)
Epistrophy (Well-known Thelonius Monk tune with a Cuban groove featuring the "Cajon".
Yes or No (The Wayne Shorter burner done as a mambo.)