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Jazz trio Charlie Lindner and The Pickle Mafia bring holiday spice to virtual concert Friday


If you’re looking for a way to spice up your holiday season, jazz pianist-turned-picklemonger Charlie Lindner has two ways to make it happen. There is his dynamic piano trio The Pickle Mafia, and the habanero, jalapeno and ghost pepper-flavored pickles of the same name.

On Dec. 18, the band will ring in the yuletide as well as bassist Ben Chilbert’s 30th birthday with a live-streamed concert. The progressive, hard-grooving group will play two sets, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., on Facebook Live.

An inventive composer-arranger and a fluid player, Lindner plays jazz that’s unpredictable but always harmonically satisfying, if a little experimental. And the highly skilled rhythm section, rounded out by Marco Cirigliano, adds a tinge of funk to the proceedings.

Charlie Lindner and The Pickle Mafia play Friday, Dec. 18, at 8 and 10 p.m. on Facebook Live. The concert is free; tips are suggested at $thepicklemafia on Cash App and @Charles-Lindner-2 via Venmo.

Daniel J. Kushner is CITY’s music editor. He can be reached at