Bill Frisell & Kenny Wollesen
Friday - October, 20 @ 6:00pm
Advance: $37 / Door:
Bill Frisell is always, ALWAYS such a pleasure to welcome back to the room and we're so very lucky that he and his sound engineer of 30 years, Claudia Engelhart, enjoy the room. This is Bill Frisell's third time playing at Blue and we are excited to announce that he is not only playing TWO DAYS, FOUR SHOWS he is also bringing along his long-time friend, bandmate, drummer Kenny Wollesen.
TICKETS: $37 (advance) - $45 (day of)
TIMES: 6-7:30 & 9-10:30 - Both Friday and Saturday
PURCHASE TICKETS: Follow ticket link on this event to purchase through BPT on-line (BPT fee will be added per ticket) , pay at Blue with cash (no fees), or pay at Blue with a credit card ($2 fee per ticket). We will not reserve seats over the phone. Please come in or use the BPT link.
"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 up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness." - The New York Times
"Frisell is a revered figure among musicians - like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable." - The Philadelphia Inquirer
"I like to have fun when I play and I like comedy - but it's not a conscious thing. I'm basically a pretty shy person and I don't dance or get into fights. But there are all these things inside me that get out when I perform. It's like a real world when I play, where I can do all the things I can't do in real life." - Bill Frisell to The Village Voice
Over the years, Frisell has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Paul Motian, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Van Dyke Parks, Vic Chesnutt, Rickie, Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Vinicius Cantuária, Marc Johnson (in "Bass Desires"), Ronald Shannon Jackson and Melvin Gibbs (in "Power Tools"), Marianne Faithful, John Scofield, Jan Garbarek, Lyle Mays, Vernon Reid, Julius Hemphill, Paul Bley, Wayne Horvitz, Hal Willner, Robin Holcomb, Rinde Eckert, The Frankfurt Ballet, film director Gus Van Sant, David Sanborn, David Sylvian, Petra Haden and numerous others, including Bono, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and Daniel Lanois on the soundtrack for Wim Wenders' film Million Dollar Hotel.
This work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. This, however, is old news by now. In recent years, it is Frisell's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety.
"For over ten years Bill Frisell has quietly been the most brilliant and unique voice to come along in jazz guitar since Wes Montgomery. In light of this, it may be easy to overlook the fact that he may also be one of the most promising composers of American music on the current scene." - Stereophile
KENNY WOLLESEN is a drummer, vibraphonist, percussionist and instrument builder based in New York City. He is the founder of the Wollesonic Laboratories wollesonic.com and the mastermind behind Sonic Massages and the Himalayas marching band. He has worked with John Zorn, Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Ben Goldberg, Steve Bernstein, Jonas Mekas, Butch Morris, Ilhan Ersahin, Hal Wilner, Eivind Opsvik, John Medeski, Jim Hall and has been a vital member of Bill Frisell's ensembles and projects for over 15 years.
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- There is a seat for each ticket, however it is general seating. All seats are first come, first served. We do open an hour before each show so if you are particular about where you sit or whether you want to sit together as a large group please come early!
- 100% of the ticket sales go to the artists and the production of the show. In order to make these shows viable to the room we respectfully ask that each person make a 2 purchase minimum of food and/or drink while you are attending the show. We greatly appreciate your understanding.
- We are 21+ however anyone underage IS allowed ONLY if they are accompanied by their LEGAL GUARDIAN
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