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Bill Frisell

Rank #2 US Seattle, WA Jazz / Americana / Other

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Sounds Like: Brad Mehldau, Bad Plus, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, McCoy Tyner

Label: Sony Masterworks

Manager: Songline / Tone Field Productions, Songline / Tone Field Productions

Bio: “It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he's found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays ... See Full Bio

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Twitter_icon_for_status: RT @jkelman: Reviewing @joncowherd's marvelous Mercy, today for @AllAboutJazz. @BillFrisell hasn't played like this in years! http://t.co/

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"The electric guitar sound of the decade - oozing, cloudy enveloping - belongs to jazz renegade Bill Frisell…Like the best artists in any field, Frisell is not a slave to his tools; he's the creator who gives them new validity...His guitar sound is unmistakable - billowing, breathlike, multi-hued, immense at times, almost palpable. Frisell's music is accessible and avant-garde, a lyrical victory of man over machine, of personality over mechanics, of message over mathematics."
—  Minneapolis Star Tribune
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    Big Sur Released on Jun 18, 2013

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  • Sat

    Jul 19


    Boulder, CO, US | 8:00pm

    Boulder, CO, US
    Sat Jul 19 8:00pm
  • Mon

    Jul 21


    Aspen, CO, US | 8:00pm

    Aspen, CO, US
    Mon Jul 21 8:00pm
  • Sat

    Jul 26


    Napa, CA, US | 12:00am
    City Winery
    Napa, CA, US
    Sat Jul 26 12:00am
  • Fri

    Sep 12


    San Francisco, CA, US | 3:30pm
    SFJAZZ
    San Francisco, CA, US
    Fri Sep 12 3:30pm

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    Bill Frisell w/ Geri Allen & Greg Osby at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium Guitarist Bill Frisells 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 Michigans 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 DeJohnettes 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.About Bill FrisellBehind guitarist Bill Frisells affable demeanor theres 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.Artist PersonnelBill Frisell guitarsGreg Osby alto saxophoneGeri Allen pianoThomas Morgan bassArtist Websitebillfrisell.com"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

  • Sat

    Sep 13


    San Francisco, CA, US | 3:30pm
    SFJAZZ
    San Francisco, CA, US
    Sat Sep 13 3:30pm

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    Bill Frisell w/ Thomas Morgan & Petra Haden at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium The second night of Bill Frisell's Resident Artistic Director week features a pair of remarkable young musicians and an established jazz veteran whose work confounds stylistic boundaries. Violinist and singer Petra Haden first came to prominence as part of the influential indie pop band That Dog and work with alternative music icon Beck. A studio mainstay on the rock scene, she contributed to recordings by Green Day and the Foo Fighters, and has issued seven CDs, including 2013s soundtrack project, Petra Goes To The Movies. Haden is the daughter of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden, and collaborated with Frisell on the exquisite 2003 duo album, Petra Haden and Bill Frisell.Hayward-born bassist Thomas Morgan has established a sterling career, performing alongside a number of the most trendsetting artists in jazz, including saxophonists Steve Coleman and David Binney, keyboardist Craig Taborn and iconic drummer Paul Motian, with whom Morgan played until Motians death in 2011. It was on Motians final album as a leader, 2011s The Windmills of Your Mind, that Frisell, Haden and Morgan first collaborated. You can expect this joyous reunion to touch on the legacy of Motian, with whom Frisell worked as part of the drummers vaunted trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano for the majority of his career. Joining them will be saxophonist Greg Osby, who has been a groundbreaking force in jazz since the 1980s.About Bill FrisellBehind guitarist Bill Frisells affable demeanor theres 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.Artist PersonnelBill Frisell guitarPetra Haden violin, vocalsThomas Morgan bassWITH SPECIAL GUESTGreg Osby alto saxophoneArtist Websitebillfrisell.com"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"arrestingly ethereal " JazzTimes on Petra Haden

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  • J J Anton (Artist) J J Anton
    I love your guitar work! I'm new here at Reverbnation, joined up about 2 weeks ago. I saw a post from one of my facebook friends, about your recent show at the Dakota Jazz...
  • Tim Cheatle (Artist) Tim Cheatle
    Hiya Bill! I saw you performing "The Great Flood" in London.Awesome gig!
  • Mike de Sousa (Artist) Mike de Sousa
    Hi Bill, I very much enjoyed listening to your work. "Heal" is haunting and beautiful. Thanks! Mike
  • DIONVOX (Artist) DIONVOX
    Awesome Music!! Ramona Mark
  • Steve Parisien (Artist) Steve Parisien
    Beautifully done Bill. Have been a fan of yours for a long time. Just keep doing what your doing.
  • WALA REZA (Artist) WALA REZA
    Hey Bill, Show Me is awesome :) Stay tuned in 2014 - and help Producer, Singer/Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist WR to be heard. The debut single will be released thi...
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