11 a.m., Oct. 17
RIYL: Wrong Trousers, Nexus, Fuss, Thousand Butterflies, Nexus 4000, Gone Fishing, Latin Jazz Quartet, Juice Box, Sad Happy, Megatron, Das Vibe 'n Bass
Inception: San Diego, 2017
Influences: Sonny Rollins, Sad Happy, Dos(e), Dave Holland, the Fringe, Joe Henderson
Bassist Mackenzie Leighton (Wrong Trousers, Nexus) founded the ML Trio with his Gone Fishing bandmate Matthew Smith on drums and Jarien Jamanilla on alto saxophone. This group is inspired by the lineage of sax, bass, and drums trios, a format that allows greater freedom for all three instruments. The group's repertoire includes original music, classic jazz tunes, and a few unconventional covers.