Joe Henry Joe Henry UnlovedDate: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Doors: 7:30 PM Show: 8:00 PM Tickets: On Sale Sunday, September 11 $22 General AdmissionDinner Ticket $46.95(sample menu here) Download ticket fax form here Tickets available on-line at gamhtickets.com Charge by phone at 1-888-233-0449 Age Restrictions: 6+Kitchen: Regular Menu AvailableSeating: Limited A MESSAGE FROM JOE HENRY: "My new album, "Reverie," was released on October 11, and as such, I will be performing at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall on Tuesday, November 1 st -one of my favorite rooms in the country. "It is my plan to perform the new album in its entirety --all 14 songs-- and with the core musicians with whom it was brewed, bottled, and corked. "I have no ambition to recreate the album in performance, but rather will scheme to use it as a point of departure. I learned a lot about the songs by recording them, and hope that they will speak for themselves and at least as expansively in the blazing dark of the theatre. I am, after all, at their service; and tremendously excited to see what will happen when my brothers and I put match to their cracked and dry tinder. "I hope you will join us. Semi-formal attire is requested of all attending but will not be furiously enforced. We are, suffice to say, trusting each other, aren't we?" Joe Henry For more than two decades as a solo artist and Grammy-winning producer, Joe Henry has worked with some of the most celebrated names in music, including Ornette Coleman, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, T-Bone Burnett, Don Byron, Solomon Burke, Brad Mehldau, Madonna, and Ani DiFranco. On Blood from Stars , his remarkable and sprawling new album, Henry has the unprecedented pleasure of introducing the world to a new talent, a young saxophonist by the name of Levon Henry. "I was tempted to put him on my last record, Civilians (2007)," Henry explains of his seventeen-year-old son. "He wasn't quite ready for that -and neither was I. But in the last two years, he's found a voice and begun to speak in wildly expansive and complete sentences. It wasn't a matter of me thinking it would be cute to put him on a record. He was just the musician I most wanted to hear in that chair." It doesn't take long to understand why. An award-winning player in his own right - he's won two soloist awards at the Monterey Jazz Festival's "Next Generation" competitions - Levon lends his velvety tone and lyrical phrasing to songs such as "Truce," and the instrumental "Over Her Shoulder," which his father wrote as a vehicle for him. Nowhere is his playing more incandescent than on "Stars." His soprano sax leaps and darts with a melodic agility and a terse beauty. So this is what you can expect from Joe Henry's eleventh studio LP -a tour de force- in addition to all the desperate beauty and hypnotic vamping, the lush arrangements and seductive songlines: the sudden and thrilling illumination of places you've never been, but are somehow intimately familiar.
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