SDS Trio
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SDS Trio

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Band Jazz Rock


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"The SDS Trio at Edgewater Beach Cafe"

When something is right you just know it. They guys in The SDS Trio know this all too well. They were serendipitously brought together by another project. The band met while scoring the independent film American Legacy, realized they had amazing chemistry and decided to stay together and take over the world with a comforting blend of classic jazz and bass heavy post rock sounds. When starting to collaborate they only had about four songs that they played over and over again. With further commitment the end result was more music and the band put out their debut release, This Is The SDS Trio this year.

In true jazz tradition, the band composed a lot on the fly and the album includes "Red Line", a studio improvisation and ode to the frequently traveled "L" line. The album also includes a charming Radiohead cover of "Everything In Its Right Place". - Gapers Block

"INSPIREme Chicago"

Sarah Jindra (best known as WBEZ's traffic reporter for the morning/evening commute on NPR) recently profiled SDS Trio based on their unique backstory for her site, INSPIREme Chicago. - Sarah Jindra

"SDS Trio Music and Interview"

Michael Strening, Jr. and the producers/writers/actors of "American Legacy" were interviewed for this episode of "Outside the Loop Radio" and SDS Trio's music provided that episode's musical selection.q - Outside the Loop Radio


"This is The SDS Trio"



When a rock drummer meets up with a punk bass player and a new classical solo piano player, a new substance is added to the musical periodic table: The SDS Trio.

Phil Schuldt (bass, guitar), Jason Dirks (drums, percussion), and Michael Strening, Jr. (piano) all met while writing the music for the independent film “American Legacy”. Excited and energized by what they scored together, they decided to formalize their partnership, and they have continued to compose and tour as the “SDS Trio”.

While combining elements of jazz, rock, and classical music, their music has proven difficult for them to categorize, and they welcome any suggestions.