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Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone

Dan Seamans - bass

Tom Hassett - drums

The Lost Trio is now celebrating 28 years of exploring the boundaries of jazz  while redefining the term jazz standard.  They have enjoyed collaborations with some of the finest players on the West Coast: Adam Levy, John Schott, Sasha Dobson, Cory Wright, Darren Johnston, Scott Foster, Beth Schenck, Tim Perkis, Steve Adams, Kris Tiner, and more. 

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photo: myles boisen


THE LOST TRIO was formed in 1994 and stepped into existence with a steady gig on Thursday nights at the Rose Pistola in San Francisco's North Beach district. This residency was followed by four year stint on sundays at cato's ale house in Oakland. The trio has a history of touring that has focused on the west coast, where they have enjoyed festival dates, performance lectures and workshops at colleges and universities, live radio broadcasts and in-store performances. The Lost Trio has released six acclaimed CDs and are currently preparing to record a new album of original compositions.


The Lost Trio recorded REMEMBRANCE OF SONGS PAST in 1994 and the disc was released in 1995, earning pick of the month (December '95) in All About Jazz magazine.

The trio's second effort is the double-disc release LIVE AT AVALON & THE GRAVES with guest guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman). The album enjoyed a #1 jazz recording of 2000 status from the San Jose Mercury news, and was included on Top 10 lists in the East Bay Express and the SF chronicle. Disc 1 was recorded at the Morris Graves Museum (friday night) and Disc 2 was recorded at Avalon in eureka, ca (saturday night). 

BOXCAR SAMOVAR (2004) continued to feature the trio's nearly-surreal repertoire, careening recklessly from Billy Strayhorn and Radiohead to the Grateful Dead, Thelonious Monk, and Carla Bley.

Dan Seamans transcribed most of the tunes on PLAYS THE SOLID GOLD HITS (2007), featuring songs from popular sources: The Beatles, Bjork, Beck, Black Sabbath, The Band, and Juana Molina populate the microgrooves and offer imaginative recreations with the band's stripped down sound.


MYSTERIOUS TOBOGGAN (2011) returned with their signature loose-limbed sound, featuring three original works by Greenlief and Seamans.

The Lost Trio celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2014 with the release of MONKWORK, featuring a new approach to the presentation of  Thelonious Monk tunes by the iconic American composer. MONKWORK was listed on Pacifica Radio's top 10 jazz albums of 2014 and inspired a 12-city west coast tour that featured performances presented by the Portland Jazz Festival, Bakersfield Jazz Coalition,  ArtShare LA, Non Sequitur (Seattle), and a workshop residency at Western Oregon University.

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