David Grisman Sextet
Monday, May 5
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Sponsored by Sue Nerton and Tom Thacher
Co-sponsored by KPIG 107.5 FM
“… mixing bluegrass… jazz, funk and bossa nova…” – The Chicago Tribune
David Grisman has created a one-of-a-kind niche with his self-described “Dawg” music, an amalgam of bluegrass and jazz comprised as its prime ingredients. The iconic mandolinist’s eclectic approach has brought about a number of inventive collaborations over the years that have included Bonnie Raitt, Stephane Grappelli, and Jerry Garcia (responsible for giving him the nickname “Dawg”). In doing so, Grisman has inspired a whole new genre of acoustic string instrumental music with style and virtuosity, while creating a unique niche for himself in the world of contemporary music.
From his roots as an acolyte of mandolinist/folklorist Ralph Rinzler, and his early days as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, Grisman’s musical curiosity eventually led him into exploring jazz, which led him to develop his own unique idiom. Born in 1945, in Hackensack, New Jersey, David Grisman took an early interest in music. His father, a professional trombonist, got him started on piano lessons at the age of seven. As a teenager in the late 1950s, David soaked up the popular music of the time, including something new called “rock and roll.” A couple of years later, inspired by the American folk music revival, and performers like Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe, he switched to playing mandolin and immersed himself in bluegrass and folk music. His professional career kicked-off, in 1963, as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, a group based in Greenwich Village – a hotbed of of young folkies and Beatnik culture at the time. The group recorded an album for Elektra Records, and Grisman soon found himself in-demand for other recording sessions. As the psychedelic music movement took hold, in 1967, David was performing with Peter Rowan in a rock band called Earth Opera. Six years later, Grisman and Rowan also were part of Old and In the Way, a bluegrass recording project with Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements, and John Kahn. The following year, 1974, Grisman was playing in The Great American Music Band, and in Muleskinner with Rowan, Richard Greene, Bill Keith, and Clarence White.
It was in 1975 that Grisman finally became a bandleader with the formation of The David Grisman Band, also known as DGB. Two years later they released their first album, and they were off and running. Grisman also continued freelancing and collaborating on projects. In addition to his work with Jerry Garcia, Stephane Grappelli, and Bonnie Raitt, David has performed, or recorded, with Andy Statman, Tom Paxton, Martin Taylor, John Sebastian (of Lovin’ Spoonful), and numerous other great performers. Over the years his band has undergone a number of personnel and instrumental changes. Currently, The David Grisman Sextet features Mike Barnett, on fiddle; Grant Gordy, on guitar; Matt Eakle, on flute; Jim Kerwin, on bass; and George Marsh, on percussion.
David Grisman Sextet
DATE: Monday, May 5, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $35/Adv $40/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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