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John Medeski, in concert, solo piano; Friday, October 18, 2013


John Medeski, in concert, solo piano
Friday, October 18, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…a stunningly original solo set…” – Chicago Tribune

Keyboard master John Medeski thrives on being unpredictable. This is a trait that fans of his popular trio group, Medeski, Martin & Wood, have come to greatly admire about the powerhouse musician.  His newest project is certainly a new venture for Medeski and his fans, but one that has been received with rapture. The solo piano album titled, A Different Time, is filled with gentle, ruminative and chiming piano explorations.

While he’s become better known for his usual buoyant, organ-centric approach that melds free-wheeling jazz with jam-band eclecticism, Medeski says that sitting alone at a piano feels natural, returning him to his earliest experiences at the keyboard. “I grew up playing piano my whole life,” he says, “so it feels like home to me.”  He began this new chapter by playing more solo concerts in recent years, eventually deciding it was time to document that aspect of his playing.

Not just a first for Medeski, A Different Time also marks the return of the historic OKeh label, once home for such jazz pioneers as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, King Oliver, and Sidney Bechet. Sony Classical has revived the label as an outlet for new jazz releases by artists like Medeski, Bill Frisell, David Sanborn, and Bob James, among others. “At this point,” Medeski says, “after everything that’s gone on in the music business, it’s exciting that Sony has come around to releasing new creative music again. I like the energy of being part of something new.”
“In all honesty, it was a little scary to put this out because it’s so meditative and contemplative,” Medeski admits.  “I know it’s not what anybody’s expecting, but it’s a side of me that exists. It’s really raw and open…it’s made me a little less afraid to just drop into the moment and play what’s coming to me as opposed to something that I know will work, something that I know is cool, something that I know will have a certain effect. The whole point is to get lost in the music. I was just playing music…it was just about dealing with the instrument and the room and making the music that felt good. I just got lost in the sound, and that’s really the ultimate goal anytime you sit down to play.”  This new album certainly is ‘a different time,’ and it’s most definitely an enjoyable one.

John Medeski, in concert, solo piano

DATE:  Friday, October 18, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
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  

Media contact:
Chris Goddard
(212) 897-6400

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