The origins of the Harlan Hodges Trio began from a series of collaborative experiments between pianist and composer Harlan Hodges and drummer Ryan Garza in early 2009. These captivating performances highlighted both musicians’ innate ability to interact dynamically with one another by drawing from their very diverse musical backgrounds. Working under the name LuLu Duo, this self-sufficient rhythm section began incorporating unique and unconventional combinations of guest instrumentalists and expanded in 2010 to become the Harlan Hodges Trio.
With lush harmonic compositions by Hodges and intriguing arrangements of jazz classics and popular music, the Harlan Hodges Trio has stacked the cards to become one of the most prominent jazz groups to emerge from the Central Texas area. Guided by the experience and creativity of Hodges, the trio features some of the hottest young talent around. With each member emerging from the top of their respective academic programs, the trio shows a promising contribution to the future of jazz music.