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Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Larry Grenadier & John Medeski
October 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm- $45 – $65
Note: Presented by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Not a PDX Jazz production.
Drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, bassist Larry Grenadier and keyboardist John Medeski all live in the Hudson River Valley, which stretches south from the New York state capital of Albany to the tip of Manhattan. The region’s towns are nestled amid the forests of the Catskill Mountains, with artists in residence because New York City is near, by train or car. Proximity may make it easy for these four to rehearse—but if so, look out!—because DeJohnette, in his prime lays fierce rhythms down. Tested as DeJohnette was in the bands of Miles Davis, Scofield revels in melodic tension and bluesy release. Medeski, even without his longstanding trio partners Billy Martin and Chris Wood, is impassioned on electric organ, piano and synths. This all sets Grenadier at the centre of a maelstrom he anchors with aplomb. As Hudson, the four are jazz-rock-fusion experts, eager and able to create instrumental music with a thrilling edge.
This cooperative all-star band calls themselves Hudson, named after the Hudson River Valley they all affectionately call home. There’s a belief that geography defines destiny, that the place in which you live and the community with which you interact can have a profound impact on the choices you make and the individual you ultimately become. The collective known as Hudson demonstrates qualities and virtues that are consistent with the place from which it takes its name – creatively rich, highly interactive and loaded with possibility. DrummerJack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield team up to celebrate their mutual musical histories and Jack’s 75th birthday in an amazing new collaboration.
“Jack DeJohnette generally is regarded as one of the finest living jazz drummers, a limber musical thinker and technical dynamo, one who challenges tradition by pushing outward while digging in.“– The Los Angeles Times
“[Larry Grenadier is] a deeply intuitive bassist…“– The New York Times
“As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, John Medeski has been bringing jazz and fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades.”– NPR
“Scofield’s muse has evolved from guitar standards to post-bop to fusion and back again. (He wears) a gilded robe as the modern messiah of “Terminator jazz.”” – DownBeat