Gavin Templeton Trio

photo by  George Thomson

photo by George Thomson

“Gavin Templeton has captured another alluring vision of the ever-evolving sound of L.A.” 

        - Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times

"Templeton boasts an assured yet adventurous voice, sometimes with nods to Ornette Coleman and Henry Threadgill." 

       - Josef Woodard, DownBeat Magazine


With Templeton on alto saxophone, Richard Giddens on bass and Gene Coye on drums - each a virtuoso in his own right - this power trio plays with fearless energy, extraordinary sensitivity, and heartfelt emotion. Their music mixes beautifully soaring melodies with dynamic rhythmic drive, taking the listener on a musical safari of sonic exploration.

pencil sketch by Esteban Villa

pencil sketch by Esteban Villa

The group had the privilege of meeting famed artist and muralist Esteban Villa during their December 2013 tour. Villa sketched the picture (side) of the group while they were playing and gave it to Templeton after the show. Villa said, "I made the notes look like chili peppers because you play fire!" 

About the band: GAVIN TEMPLETON has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Charlie Haden, Wayne Shorter, Vinny Golia, and Joe LaBarbera. This past November, he went into the studio with Nels Cline to record on the guitar genius’ most recent album. RICHARD GIDDENS, an exhilaratingly enthusiastic bassist exudes a raw gritty spirit on his instrument. He has performed with Larry Goldings, Robert Glasper, and STOMP. GENE COYE, the illustrious left coast powerhouse drummer has made his mark on the world music scene touring and performing with Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, and Christian Scott.

Take a listen to an excerpt from Templeton's  

Some Spinning, Some at Rest


Gavin Templeton - alto saxophone

Richard Giddens - bass

Gene Coye - drums