Art Lande (born February 5, 1947) is a jazz pianist, drummer, composer and educator.
Born in New York City, he began piano at age 4, studied at Williams College, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969. He made the first record of his own compositions in 1973 for ECM Records, in a duo with saxophonist/flutist Jan Garbarek. The record name, Red Lanta, was the first of several anagrams of his name that Lande used in his titles.
In 1976 he founded the jazz quartet Rubisa Patrol, with Mark Isham on trumpet, Bill Douglass on bass, and Glenn Cronkhite (later replaced by Kurt Wortmann) on drums. Rubisa Patrol played jazz standards, but also a lot of original music. They performed in the Bay Area and toured extensively in Europe by van. This group made two records for ECM: Rubisa Patrol (1976), Desert Marauders (1977) The band also released a third album titled The Story Of Ba-Ku (1978) on the 1750 Arch Records label.
In the early 1980s Lande taught at The Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. For three years beginning in 1983 Lande was based in Switzerland where he taught in a jazz school in St. Gallen. In 1987 he moved to Boulder, Colorado to teach at Naropa University. Since then he has continued to reside in Boulder and has worked extensively with many locally-based musicians.
Lande has written many compositions, but is also known for his unusual and distinctive interpretations of popular and jazz standards. He has made several solo piano recordings devoted to such material, including The Eccentricities of Earl Dant (another anagram) in 1977, Art Lande: Hardball! (1987), Art Lande: Melissa Spins Away (1987), Friday the Thirteenth (1996), featuring 13 Thelonious Monk compositions, and While She Sleeps (2005).
While always best known as a pianist, since the mid-1990s Lande has also played and recorded with several groups as a drummer.
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- Red Lanta (ECM, 1973)
- Rubisa Patrol (ECM, 1976)
- The Eccentricities of Earl Dant (1750 Arch Records, 1977)
- Desert Marauders (ECM, 1977)
- The Story of Ba-Ku (1750 Arch Records, 1978)
- Shift in the Wind with Gary Peacock and Eliot Zigmund (ECM, 1980)
- Skylight with David Samuels and Paul McCandless (ECM, 1981)
- We Begin with Mark Isham (ECM, 1987)
- Hardball! (Great American Music Hall, 1987)
- Melissa Spins Away (Great American Music Hall, 1987)
- World Without Cars with Mark Miller (Synergy Music, 1996)
- Friday the Thirteenth (Vartan Jazz, 1996)
- While She Sleeps (Blue Coast Records, 2008)
With Paul McCandless
- All the Mornings Bring (Elektra/Asylum, 1979)
- Heresay (Windham Hill, 1988)
Rabbit Ears Productions Children's Series
- The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, The Tale Of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and The Tale Of Two Bad Mice, with Meryl Streep, narration (Windham Hill/Rabbit Ears, 1987)
- The Three Billy Goat's Gruff and The Three Little Pigs, with Holly Hunter, narration (Windham Hill/Rabbit Ears, 1989)
- Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks, with Meg Ryan, narration (Windham Hill/Rabbit Ears, 1990)
- Private Instructor, SF & Berkeley CA (1970–1977)
- Lone Mountain College, San Francisco (1978–1979)
- Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle (1979–1983)
- San Jose State College, San Jose, California (1983–1984)
- Jazz School of Migros Klubschule, St. Gallen, Switzerland (1984–1987)
- Jazz School Lausanne, Switzerland (1986–1987)
- Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado (1987–1999)
- University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado (2006–Present)