A history of respect connects Vijay Iyer and Trio 3 / by Jerald Pierce

In the company of the jazz group Trio 3, pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, who is a bandleader, producer, Harvard professor and 2013 MacArthur Fellow, feels humbled.

“We were in the studio for a couple of days,” Iyer says. “We just plowed through a bunch of material over several hours. I was the one, the young blood, who was like ‘Hey, you guys want to get some lunch?’ ”

He felt like a punk for even bringing up food to these men who had forgotten lunch as they continued working, he says. Of course, the trio agreed to take a break. But in that moment, Iyer could see how serious they were about the work.

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