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He (Whitehead) is backed by a formidable rhythm section, with John Previti on upright bass and Barry Hart on drumsNick Adde, Washington Times

The Trio

Guitar, Drums, Bass

The Trio
Rick Whitehead
John Previti
Barry Hart

Led by master jazz guitarist, Rick Whitehead, the other members of the trio are bassist John Previti and drummer Barry Hart. This highly acclaimed trio has been performing together since 1994. Their first CD, Live in Captivity, won the Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Award in 1998 for best Contemporary Album. Their second CD, Live in Captivity, Again was released in 2001. In 2004, 2006 and 2007 they were nominated by WAMA as Best Jazz Ensemble. The trio’s third recording So There We Were … was released in July 2006.

John Previti has the distinction of receiving the Washington Area Musicians Award in 2002 for best musician in the Metro area. From Southern Maryland, Previti was a long-time member of the Danny Gatton Band. Considered the guitarist’s bass player, he has performed with Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Les Paul, and with the great trumpeter, Doc Cheatham. Previti has also recorded with Herb Ellis and Paul Simon. He fronts his own quartet and recently released a new CD, Swinging Lullabyes for My Rosetta, which received rave reviews.

Barry Hart, a native Washingtonian, is the favorite drummer for many bands. A technical master, he is as much fun to watch as he is to listen to. His solid work has landed him gigs with, to name just a few: The Tommy Dorsey Band, The Ink Spots, Bob Hope, Cab Calloway, O. C. Smith, Lou Rawls, The Drifters and Little Anthony and The Imperials. Hart also was member of the Danny Gatton Band.

Performing as a trio shortly after the untimely death of Danny Gatton, they immediately discovered their musical compatibility and have produced a tight and cohesive musical unit, resulting in stunning performances. The trio presented a concert in July 2004 at the Washington National Cathedral as part of the Cathedral’s Summer Music Festival. Some of the venues where they have appeared are Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, the Smithsonian’s Jazz Club, the IOTA Club, the John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and, appear on a regular basis at the 219 Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia.

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