Date(s) - 09/12/2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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“Frisell is without a doubt, the single most important guitarist in jazz, a genius who is going to have the kind of influence on his instrument Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery had before him.” — Seattle Times
“…a mentor and a pacesetter, one of the sturdier bridges between jazz generations.” — The New York Times on Greg Osby
“One of the more important jazz musicians of the last 25 years.” — The New York Times on Geri Allen
- Bill Frisell – guitars
- Greg Osby – alto saxophone
- Geri Allen – piano
- Thomas Morgan – bass
Guitarist Bill Frisell’s week as Resident Artistic Director celebrates the spirit of collaboration, and starts with an evening of duos and trios featuring pianist Geri Allen and saxophonist Greg Osby. Easily one of the most accomplished pianists in jazz today, Geri Allen was a founding part of the groundbreaking Brooklyn-based M-Base Collective begun by iconoclastic saxophonist Steve Coleman, a loose conglomeration that also included Greg Osby. Over her expansive career, Allen has released 18 albums as a leader and collaborated with a pantheon of living masters including Ornette Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter and Charlie Haden. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Composition, and currently an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. St. Louis native Greg Osby has been a groundbreaking force in jazz since the 1980s, combining his fiery post-bop sensibility with elements of funk, hip hop and the avant garde over the course of nearly 20 albums as a leader on the Blue Note and JMT labels. He was a member of drumming legend Jack DeJohnette’s influential Special Edition band, and made significant contributions to the work of Steve Coleman and the late career of piano genius Andrew Hill. This night of instrumental mastery will happen only at SFJAZZ.
Behind guitarist Bill Frisell’s affable demeanor there’s a steely-willed artist whose creative ambitions span the continent. Since his early days on the Downtown Manhattan scene in the mid-1970s, when he became a key collaborator with John Zorn, Frisell has steadily expanded his sonic purview, staking a claim to an ever-greater range of media, material, and musical traditions. From Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to Buster Keaton and Bob Dylan, from urban thrash and American Songbook ballads to country blues and Nashville twang, Frisell distills the essence of the American experience.
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