Best Jazz Artist - 2008
In sports the designation "MVP" commonly refers to "most valuable player." As applied to pianist and composer Carolbeth True and her relationship to the St. Louis jazz scene, "MVP" also might stand for "most versatile player." True thrives in variety of settings, whether she's working in a duo with singer Debby Lennon, the small combo Hard Bop Heritage, the Sessions Big Band, her own trio or Two Times True, the group she co-leads with her son, drummer David True. She's an expert accompanist and an able soloist whose taste, technique and tone enhance and elevate just about any musical circumstance.