Bill Frisell w/ Thomas Morgan & Petra Haden
Bill Frisell with Thomas Morgan & Petra Haden
The second night of Bill Frisell's Resident Artistic Director week features a pair of remarkable young musicians and an established jazz veteran whose work confounds stylistic boundaries. Violinist and singer Petra Haden first came to prominence as part of the influential indie pop band That Dog and work with alternative music icon Beck. A studio mainstay on the rock scene, she contributed to recordings by Green Day and the Foo Fighters, and has issued seven CDs, including 2013’s soundtrack project, Petra Goes To The Movies. Haden is the daughter of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden, and collaborated with Frisell on the exquisite 2003 duo album, Petra Haden and Bill Frisell.
Hayward-born bassist Thomas Morgan has established a sterling career, performing alongside a number of the most trendsetting artists in jazz, including saxophonists Steve Coleman and David Binney, keyboardist Craig Taborn and iconic drummer Paul Motian, with whom Morgan played until Motian’s death in 2011. It was on Motian’s final album as a leader, 2011’s The Windmills of Your Mind, that Frisell, Haden and Morgan first collaborated. You can expect this joyous reunion to touch on the legacy of Motian, with whom Frisell worked as part of the drummer’s vaunted trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano for the majority of his career. Joining them will be saxophonist Greg Osby, who has been a groundbreaking force in jazz since the 1980s.
About Bill Frisell
Behind guitarist Bill Frisell’s affable demeanor there’s a steely-willed artist whose creative ambitions span the continent. Since his early days on the Downtown Manhattan scene in the mid-1970s, when he became a key collaborator with John Zorn, Frisell has steadily expanded his sonic purview, staking a claim to an ever-greater range of media, material, and musical traditions. From Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to Buster Keaton and Bob Dylan, from urban thrash and American Songbook ballads to country blues and Nashville twang, Frisell distills the essence of the American experience.
Bill Frisell guitar
Petra Haden violin, vocals
Thomas Morgan bass
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
Greg Osby alto saxophone