Maggie Kneip & The John Colianni Trio
Maggie Kneip has performed in cabaret reviews at Don’t Tell Mama and The Laurie Beechman Theatre, as well as in her own shows at Laurie Beechman and at The Metropolitan Room, appearing with John Colianni, Jay Leonhart, Vito Lescak, Gary Mazaroppi, Bernard Linnette, among other jazz greats.
John Colianni is the pianist with the Les Paul Trio. Les added John to his group in 2003, on the recommendation of fellow guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. John is also currently a member of guitarist Larry Coryell's trio, and is featured on Coryell's latest cd release. He also performs with his own group, the John Colianni Quintet, in New York clubs, as well as on the road and overseas. John's group was the house band on the MSNBC television program "After Hours with Dan Abrams" for that show's final season. (His band was a special favorite of soon-to-be president Obama, who regularly watched the show's coverage of the 2008 presidential race.) Other notable engagements include over four years as Mel Torme’s pianist, from 1991-1995, touring internationally and also recording six albums. Preceding the Torme gig, in the Eighties, was a stint in Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra, touring and recording for three years. Earlier in his career, shortly after signing with Concord Records, John was a cash-prizewinner in the First International Thelonius Monk Piano Competition. John's recent recordings include: John Colianni, Live At Maybeck, Vol. 37 (Concord); "On Target" (2011), with the John Colianni Quintet(Patuxent Records); “Montgomery” (2011), with The Larry Coryell Trio (Patuxent Records); Soundtrack: "Revolutionary Road" (2009 feature film). He originally hails from Washington, D.C., and now resides in Northern New Jersey. John is a Baldwin Piano Artist.