RWH & The Jazz Triad

RWH & The Jazz Triad

 San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, New York Jazz, a New York Sound via The Bay Area. The BLOSSOMING & BLENDING of SOUND from THE ROOTS


A Distinctive New York Sound via The Bay Area. A Blossoming & Blending of Sound From The Roots.

ROBERT W. HOUTMAN has been Playing Drums for 50 years and is an Accomplished Rudiment-Trained, Studied, Poly-Rhythmic both Classic and Match Grip-Technique Orientated, Drummer. He started his drumming avocation in Drum & Bugle Corps beginning at age 9, and Studied during his teen years - off and on - at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, under the late great Alan Dawson. This encompassed learning how to Read Music, Jazz Technique/Independence and Poly-rhythmic Articulation. He Continued this path up until his aging-out of Drum Corps at 20-21 years of age, culminating in his winning a National Rudimental Championship in 1967. In the Late 1960s He Played with an Afro-Jazz Group named the “Bacchanalians” in Boston Massachusetts - playing tunes of the Greats such as John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Jazz Crusaders, Dave Brubeck and alike. He has during the intervening and Interim years played spot gigs, and Sit-ins with recognized top names in the Jazz and Fusion music world, throughout the Country; This during his Engineering Consulting Career and while building his own Business Enterprises - Settling in Michigan from 1977-2005. As Bandleader/Drummer with the RWH Jazz Triad his focus is to bring a sophisticated, tight, executed New York, East Coast blend of sound and Jazz Excellence via The Bay Area Scene. He was a previous member and Performed with the Sacramento Concert Symphony Band and was Principal Snare Percussionist of same. He previously played with Thee Immortals Avant Jazz Band. Mr. Houtman has studied and collaborated with the Great Drum Master Chuck Brown. Mr. Houtman now resides with his wife in the Northern California East Bay Area.

DAVID COPELAND, Guitarist born in the suburbs of New York City, Dave started playing jazz guitar in high school, almost 30 years ago. Being close to The City, he was able to see live performances by many of his influences such as Jim Hall, Pat Metheny and Bucky Pizzareli during his "formative" jazz years. Attending U.C. Berkeley he studied with Tuck Andress and Susan Muscarella, and started composing more regularly. In his playing and composing he attempts to combine influences from the whole history of Jazz, as well as the four corners of the globe.

CARL HERDER, bassist, is not a jazz bassist. His musical range is so broad that you can't pin him to one style. In the San Francisco Bay Area and in Europe, he has performed in jazz, rock, funk, Brazilian, Caribbean, art music, theatrical productions...even Philippine Kulintang musical configurations, and many hybrid combinations. (After a few drinks, he might even admit to playing country music at times.) Having now been playing bass for 40 years, he's gotten pretty good at it.

INFLUENCES: All The Great Jazz Masters of the Past-Present; Their Transcending and Traversing Spirit - Rooted in the Microcosmic Space of Past, Present, Future - Guarded, Directed and Influenced from their Collective Macrocosmic Bandstand. This is the TRIAD's Salute in its Quest to Bring a Reincarnate Creative Essence of Classic improvisation and Virtuosity to the 21st Century Jazz Genre.


CD Release Album "CHANTS for a new day", released January, 2009

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Set List

First Set, Second Set and Third Set are made up of Original Compositions (OC) and Standards/Tribute Renditions:

1st Set:

Robert's Run (OC),
Here Comes The Neighborhood (OC)
All Blues
Tony The Tiger (OC)

2nd Set:

Even Redheads Get The Blues (OC)
Chant For Futures Found (OC)
Afro Blue
Two P.M. (OC)

3rd Set:

Cantaloupe Island
Three Quarter Vibe (OC)
Do You Have A Name
Coming Home Baby
Conviction (OC)

Sets run from 45 to 55 Minutes

Set number varies per venue. Some are 3 sets, others are 4. Number of songs are 21 (3 sets) to 28 (4 sets).