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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
Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, & Esperanza Spalding: Sold out! at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium With the multi-generational supergroup ACS, sisterhood isnt just powerful, its downright explosive. A spectacular fusion of three celebrated bandleaders who each brings daunting technique and a questing spirit of improvisation to the collective ensemble, ACS emerged out of Carringtons Grammy Award-winning 2011 Concord Jazz album The Mosaic Project. A pianist of bracing intelligence and unerring improvisational instincts, Allen is the bands veteran seeker. Carrington was already an elite accompanist when she released her 1989 debut Real Life Story with Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Greg Osby, and Dianne Reeves. And Spalding was already jazzs brightest young star before winning an unprecedented Best New Artist Grammy Award in 2011. Elegant, experimental, and unquestionably bold, ACS provides this brilliant triumvirate with a vivid forum for further explorations.Artist PersonnelGeri Allen pianoEsperanza Spalding bassTerri Lyne Carrington drumsArtist Websiteesperanzaspalding.comgeriallen.com"a group uninterested in resting on its laurels " Village Voice
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