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Stranger Convention is an alternative modern jazz quintet from Pittsburgh who instinctively engage the definition of jazz by blending new with old, jazz with non-jazz, and acoustic with electronic to create an original sound while holding appreciation of the current diverse musical landscape. If The Bad Plus had a baby with Radiohead and taught it play modern jazz, that would be a Stranger Convention.
Stranger Convention was conceived in Dave's hot Bloomfield living room during the summer of 2011. After a medical-school-induced four-year hiatus from live performance, Pulsar (keys), a new resident physician connected via Craigslist with David (drums), a Pitt communications graduate student in search of a new keyboardist for pop jazz group, Steel Town Soul. After a couple shows, the group's piano rhythm section, capped by Skelly (bass), a music Duquesne undergraduate, began to focus on alternative modern jazz and recruited Jeff (alto) and Alex (tenor), both Pitt MD/Ph.D students. Contributing to the new fabric of jazz that interfaces with rock, classical, and electronic sensibilities is the focus that keeps these strangers convening. Influences include Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus, Dave Binney, Gretchen Parlato, Robert Glasper, Radiohead, Elliott Smith, and viewers like you.