TRI-FI Jazz Trio

“The trio are as smooth and sleek as you could ask, but when grit and grease and a little R&B are required, the musicians are never at a loss.”

- Clive Davis, The London Times

Latest News

4 Star Review from Downbeat Magazine

DownbeatJohn Ephland over at Downbeat Magazine gives our new album, Staring into the Sun, a really nice 4-star review. Here’s what he says:

“Tri-Fi’s newest collection of originals is the best example yet of their intimate group interplay… Call it a relaxed yet fervent approach to express joy, wonder, surprise. The kind of qualities jazz lovers look for anytime they’re hungry for connection”

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All About Jazz Reviews “Staring into the Sun”

All About JazzOur new album, Staring into the Sun, got a wonderful review on All About Jazz today that we would like to share. Here is what Jeffrey Uhrich had to say about our album.

“With their impressive new release, Staring into the Sun, Tri-Fi defies the odds and provides a sound argument that a piano trio can indeed be a “band” in the truest sense of the word. In most cases, albums that are released by musicians marketing themselves as a jazz “band” are merely vehicles to provide a framework for the individual musicians of the “band” to show off their musical prowess and bombard the listener with indulgent solo after indulgent solo. With its fifth album and follow-up to A Tri-Fi Christmas (self- released in 2011), Staring into the Sun firmly establishes this trio as a highly pleasurable and satisfying exception to this rule…”

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Denmark Tour in May 2014

We will be bringing the music from our new CD to our friends in Denmark in early May 2014. Please join us, or tell your Danish friends so we can all be friends…


Pennsylvania & NYC Shows

We’ll be playing a few shows coming up to celebrate the release of our new album. Look for us in PA and NYC very soon!

New CD Released! “Staring into the Sun” is Here…

Staring into the SunWell, we couldn’t be more excited. Our newest recording, Staring into the Sun, is now available here on our website and in iTunes. It will be appearing in other online retailers and stores in the next day or two as well.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think!

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New Album to be Released February 25th, 2014

An all new CD from TRI-FI is on it’s way!

Staring into the SunStaring into the Sun

Scheduled for release worldwide on February 25th, 2014, Staring into the Sun is the 5th album by the trio. It is another set of all-original music and it’s a celebration of the 10 years the trio has been performing, composing and recording together.

Matthew Fries – piano
Phil Palombi – bass
Keith Hall – drums

Special thanks to the Kickstarter supporters who jumped in early to make the music happen!

Sample Tracks

Open Water
Staring Into the Sun

TRI-FI will be touring in support of the new album. Check our Tri-tinerary for information – or join our mailing list.

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Review: Holiday Jazz 2013 – Joy to the jingle

By Derrick Bang • Originally published in The Davis Enterprise, 12.11.13

Davis Enterprise logoBack-up combos associated with vocalists have a long tradition of “moonlighting” with a few albums of their own, and that’s the case with a trio that dubs itself Tri-Fi. By day, these guys — Matthew Fries, piano; Phil Palombi, bass; and Keith Hall, drums — are the rhythm section behind rock/pop singer-turned-jazz vocalist Curtis Stigers. By night, they fund genuinely terrific instrumental albums via Kickstarter campaigns; during a quick 20 days in the summer of 2011, they raised the scratch needed to produce A Tri-Fi Christmas (Tri-Fi TR309).

And, in the process, they delivered what is guaranteed to be one of my all-time favorite piano trio holiday albums.

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Kickstarter Success! New CD on its Way…

Great news! Our Kickstarter fund-raising campaign for out new CD was successful. Thanks to everyone who participated and supported us. Look for our new album, Staring into the Sun in early 2014!

Yule Tide Cheer

A TRI-FI ChristmasIt’s that time of year and TRI-FI would really love to spend the whole holiday season with you!

Check out our collection of 12 holiday classics done up in our own TRI-FI way. The perfect soundtrack for hanging decorations, baking cookies or unwinding with a nice glass of spiked eggnog after a long day of shopping.

Available as CD or high-quality download right here on our website. You won’t find fidelity like this in the iTunes music store.

And did we mention that CDs are the perfect size for slipping into someone’s Christmas stocking? Slap on a bow and you’re all done! Time for more eggnog…

10 Year Anniversary CD Project

TRI-FI by the aqua wallWe’ve been hard at work over here at TRI-FI Central Station. We’re working on a brand new album of all original music called “Staring into the Sun.” We recorded back in May and are currently running a Kickstarter drive to raise the funds to finish the project and release it by early 2014 – that will be the 10th anniversary of our first gigs and recordings as a trio. Yowza!


Find out more about the project here:

10 Year Anniversary CD by TRI-FI: Staring into the Sun


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