The Bad Plus; Friday, December 5, 2014

The Bad Plus Friday, December 5, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…somewhere between refreshing and downright awe-inspiring.” – CMJ Monthly The Bad Plus has a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits of what constitutes a jazz trio. Known for quirky originals and inspired takes on classic rock songs, their tenth album, Inevitable Western, continues the band’s commitment to what the New York Times referred to as “avant-garde populism.” The concept refers to the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is provocative. Their new record features an emotional twang throughout and is accompanied by the Americana milieu of being dusty and weathered, yet free. Forming in the late nineties, the New York City-based trio has constantly been on the lookout for rules to break, boundaries to cross and new genres and techniques to explore. As The New York Times again described when chronicling The Bad Plus’ ascent onto the scene, they’re “better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60s jazz and indie rock…” Made up of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King, they have released ten albums, featuring a distinctive and original canon of originals alongside a cache of idiosyncratic covers of artists ranging from Neil Young to Aphex Twin and Tears For Fears to Igor Stravinsky. Inevitable Western sees the band explore the point where pop, blues and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation. As Rolling Stone aptly describes, “it’s about as badass as highbrow gets.” A truly “leaderless trio,” each member is crucial in all respects, and their interplay remains as fresh as ever. An emotional noir-ish quality seeps...
Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

$25/Advance $30/Door No Comps “… one of the most renowned Son bands in Cuba – Latin Pulse Music Co-led by trumpeter/musical director Jesus Angel Chappotin Coto and percussionist/singer Miguel Cuni, Jr., Conjunto Chappottín has a rich, six decade long history as one of Cuba’s premier ensembles. The group was founded in the 1940s by the legendary Arsenio Rodriguez, an innovative bandleader who popularized the addition of reed and brass instruments over a traditional Cuban Son rhythm section, inspiring a new wave of high powered Latin and Latin-jazz ensembles throughout the ’50s and ’60s, now referred to as Salsa music. Coto and Cuni, themselves, are descendents of the band’s original leaders. This is the band’s first North American tour! Dance space...
Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo

At the Rio Theatre $55/Gold Circle, $40/General Admission No Comps Sponsored by Lighthouse Bank “Africa’s premiere diva. – Time Magazine Angélique Kidjo has a tremendous voice — bold, energetic, clear — and equally strong social commitment. A true transnational artist, Kidjo’s African roots reflect brightly throughout her music. Heavily influenced by South African legend Miriam Makeba, Kidjo also absorbed the influences of the American popular artists from her youth, such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. In the ’80s, she was among a new wave of African performers blending the pop music influences of the West with traditional African forms. The creative result was a revitalized world music, both entertaining and socially conscious. Her latest recording, Eve, exhibits her pride and love for her native country Benin, located in West Africa. Eve itself is an album named after her mother, and dedicated to the women of Africa, specifically the experience of being an African woman. Dance space available! www.kidjo.com Please stop by the Imagine No Malaria table at the concert to learn more how you can help!...
David Grisman Sextet

David Grisman Sextet

$35/Adv $40/Door No Comps Doors at 8:30 PM 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 led to a number of inventive collaborations over the years that have included Bonnie Raitt, Stephane Grappelli, and his old friend Jerry Garcia – who gave him the nickname “Dawg.” From his roots as an acolyte of mandolinist/folklorist Ralph Rinzler, and his early days with the Even Dozen Jug Band, Grisman’s musical curiosity led him into jazz and the development of his own unique idiom. Muddy Roads is his latest CD on the Acoustic Disc label....
David Grisman Sextet

David Grisman Sextet

7:00 PM SOLD OUT! Click on the Buy Tickets button to purchase tickets for the 9:00 PM show. $35/Adv $40/Door No Comps Doors and dinner at 6:00 PM 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 led to a number of inventive collaborations over the years that have included Bonnie Raitt, Stephane Grappelli, and his old friend Jerry Garcia – who gave him the nickname “Dawg.” From his roots as an acolyte of mandolinist/folklorist Ralph Rinzler, and his early days with the Even Dozen Jug Band, Grisman’s musical curiosity led him into jazz and the development of his own unique idiom. Muddy Roads is his latest CD on the Acoustic Disc label....