Cedar Rapids, Iowa (December 22, 2016)
Let’s be honest, the end of 2016 sucked. 2017 has the task of producing artistic solace for a disenfranchised world. I am excited to be covering “7” marquee gigs: Paul McCandless & Charged Particles, John Scofield: Country For Old Men, Antonio Sánchez: BiRDMAN LIVE, Victor Wooten Trio, Hiromi Trio w/ Simon Phillips and Fred Hersch Trio.
Paul McCandless, Jr. (born March 24, 1947, Indiana, Pennsylvania) is an American multi-instrumentalist known for his time with the group Oregon. He is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7 and Fred Simon.
“Country For Old Men” is Scofield’s homage to such greats as George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, and Hank Williams among others. Scofield plays alongside accomplished colleagues Steve Swallow, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart.
Renowned jazz drummer Antonio Sánchez will perform his Grammy-winning score live along with the Oscar-winning film, Birdman. Antonio Sanchez is considered as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.
March 23 -Hiromi Trio w/ Simon Phillips – Evanston SPACE
Pianist Hiromi Uehara and her Trio Project, with contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, have become one of the finest units in contemporary jazz. Their particular prowess lies in seamlessly performing the pianist’s knotty, technically challenging, often unpredictable compositions; they are also a closely united group of improvisers.
Fred Hersch has long since distinguished himself as a pianist with a distinctive sound of his own who constantly challenges himself as a performer, composer, and arranger. These trio performances, with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson.