trioKAIT is: Kait Dunton on piano and keyboards, Cooper Appelt on electric bass, and Jake Reed on drums. Fused together via Kait’s unconventional compositions, the trio melds into a laser-focused single entity, bringing a modern, tight and groovy concept to the piano trio format. Six years and three albums in, trioKAIT has developed a dynamic group sound and acquired many accolades along the way, including 4.5 stars in Downbeat and top spots on the JazzWeek charts for each album (#5, #11, #20).
A "confluence of the classic piano trio, and space-aged funk and fusion." - DownBeat
“Dunton brings a Technicolor sensibility to everything she touches.” - DownBeat
“Thrilling and original... a new kind of jazz trio demonstrates that 21st century jazz can be subtle and soulful at the same time." - PopMatters
Kait Dunton has produced and released five albums of original compositions, with a sixth featuring her inventive arranging style. Her latest album, Planet D’earth, reached #9 on the JazzWeek charts and was featured on Tom Schnabel’s KCRW Rhythm Planet. In 2018, DownBeat awarded 4.5 stars to Kait’s latest trio album, trioKAIT 2, writing that “Dunton brings a Technicolor sensibility to everything she touches.” In 2017, trioKAIT Casual reached #5 on the Jazz Week radio charts, while her debut album, Real & Imagined, continues to draw fans, now with nearly 2 million streams on Spotify. Her third record, trioKAIT, made the Huffington Post’s list of “The Best Jazz for 2015”. Prior to this, Kait was a member of Snarky Puppy during their formative years in Texas, appearing on their sophomore record, The World is Getting Smaller.