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Joel Harrison 19
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
7:30pm | Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Student: $20 (with valid I.D.)
Guitarist, composer, and vocalist Joel Harrison blends diverse influences such as jazz, classical, country, rock, and world music from African to Indian. Harrison is a Guggenheim fellow, recipient of grants from Meet the Composer and Chamber Music America, and a two-time winner of the Jazz Composer’s Alliance Competition. Of this project, he says:
"I never felt drawn until recently to write in a jazz big band format. I'm glad I reconsidered. What began as trepidation turned into excitement, as I sensed the limitless possibilities that the orchestra presented, as compared to smaller ensembles. 'As We Gather All Around Her' is based on the Appalachian hymn 'I Have Seen the Rock of Ages.' 'Dockery Farms' is inspired by the Mississippi plantation where Charlie Patton, Howlin' Wolf, and others picked cotton and learned the Blues. 'Blue Lake Morning' was inspired by the stunning beauty and gracious support of the Blue Mountain Artist residency in the Adirondacks. 'The Overwhelming Infinity of Possibility' suggests an intersection of ‘60s Miles Davis and Gyorgy Ligeti. All of the music is fundamentally rooted in the jazz tradition, while extending out into the many pathways of my study and experience."
Of his new release, NYC Jazz Record writes: "Harrison displays a great ability to combine sounds for a unique take. His guitar is a firm presence but it would be hard to pick out the leader on the album without it being pointed out. No one instrument stands out. Horns, piano, marimbas, guitars and percussion all work together. With six extended pieces, Harrison has created a cinematic sensation that is lushly compelling."
Sound interesting? Come check out the CD release show at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola!
Guitar/ Composer: Joel Harrison; Woodwinds: Ole Mathisen, Rob Scheps, Ned Rothenberg, Tom Christensen, Andy Laster, Michel Gentile; Trombones: Jacob Garchik, Matt McDonald, Curtis Fowlkes, Ben Staap (tuba); Trumpets: Seneca Black, Taylor Haskins, Jeff Hermanson, Justin Mullens (French horn); Vibraphone and Percussion: James Shipp; Piano: Daniel Kelly; Bass: Kermit Driscoll; Drums: Rob Garcia; Voice: Dennis Collins; Conductor: J.C. Sanford