A clinic/workshop with guitarist Joel Harrison and Spirit House, an all-star lineup featuring Brian Blade, drums; Paul Hanson, electric bassoon; Kermit Driscoll, bass; and Cuong Vu, trumpet.
ARTIST BIO: Joel Harrison and Spirit House, featuring Brian Blade
Guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist, songwriter – Joel Harrison deftly juggles all of these roles while venturing across stylistic divides. Melding influences from jazz, classical, country, rock, and world music, his expansive sound fits equally well in jazz clubs and concert halls - and the occasional dive bar across town. Harrison appears at the School of Music with Spirit House, an all-star band featuring Brian Blade, drums; Paul Hanson, electric bassoon; Kermit Driscoll, bass; and Cuong Vu, trumpet.
The group mostly performs Harrison's compositions written especially for this group, with additional pieces by Blade and Vu.
More on the band:
Brian Blade is one of the most acclaimed drummers of his generation. He has performed with luminaries such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Blade and Harrison first met in Europe when Blade shared a bill with Harrison's Free Country Project.
Bassoonist Paul Hanson was a longtime Harrison band member in the 90's when the two musicians toured and recorded two cds together, Range of Motion (Koch Jazz), and Transience (Spirit Nectar). Hanson is considered one of the greatest bassoon improviser in the world, combining passionate melody, astounding technique, and electronics into a uniquely powerful package. Hanson and Harrison share a love for jazz, rock, chamber music, Eastern sounds, and everything in between.
Kermit Driscoll, bassist, has performed in countless acclaimed bands over the years, including Bill Frisell's seminal groups of the 80's and 90's, and he recently played electric and acoustic bass on Harrison's new 19 piece jazz orchestra recording Infinite Possibility. Says Harrison, "Kermit is one of the most capable, strong, and supportive bass players alive. He gets directly to the essence of the music, no matter what the style or level of difficulty. He is a joy to work with."
Cuong Vu, trumpet recently recorded with Harrison on the CD Holy Abyss (Cuneiform), and critics noted how well his sound wrapped around Harrison's sinuous guitar lines, by turns haunting, screaming, liquid or distorted.< Back