Big Crinkly Trio was formed in 2010 by Jim Knodle, Doug Lilla and Pete Turner, three musicians who have a long history, but hadn't played together for some time. The band consists of the slightly unusual trio instrumentation of trumpet, bass and drums with each member trying to maintain balance with the other two. The material they present consists of original music by all three members in addition to pieces by Monk, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Dave Holland and others. Mixing written material with improvisation in old and new ways the band strives for a continuing expansion of ideas and vocabulary...really just a humble attempt to make music live and breathe. The band rehearses on a regular basis regardless of any upcoming gigs.

The name of the band is a nod to the Alexander Calder sculpture that used to grace Seattle's downtown, but has since moved on. Fittingly the sculpture featured three elements in balance.


Jim Knodle

plays trumpet with complete involvement. Indeed, he stays 100% involved with the music even when he's not playing.

Learn more about Jim at: www.jimknodlemusic.com


Doug Lilla

switched to 5-string bass guitar after playing upright bass for many years. He is still influenced by upright bass players, but also makes use of the guitaristic aspects of his instrument.

Learn more about Doug at: www.douglilla.net


Pete Turner

is always searching for the perfect cymbal sound... and playing just enough (not too much, but not too little).


Big Crinkly Trio performs at Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm, Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Please join us!

The Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival features 15 performances and runs from Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30. Enjoy some live music on your holiday weekend!

Our new CD/Download is available now! Please visit our Bandcamp site

You can also check us out on Sonarchy Radio. This is an hour-long performance that was released as a Podcast on August 18, 2014.


From Our New Recording:

This Is Not About the Pecking Order (Part 1)

From Our New Recording:

It's Twenty Now

From Our New Recording:


From Our New Recording:

Nineteen Eight


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In fifteen seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation you have fifteen seconds. Steve Lacy