Trumpeter Clay Jenkins joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra fresh out of college. Since then he's played with Peter Erskine, Ray Brown, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Drummer Rich Thompson has lent his talents to Dizzy Gillespie, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Bobby McFerrin. Bassist Jeff Campbell has performed with Gene Bertoncini and Marian McPartland. When these three Eastman School of Music professors put all of their diverse musical experiences together, they become the dynamic Trio East.
Trio East performs Sunday, January 19, 7 p.m. at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $5-$8. Lovincup.com, 292-9940.