Blue Plate Special: John Medeski, Terence Higgins, Will Bernard, And Kirk Joseph

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Blue Plate Special: John Medeski, Terence Higgins, Will Bernard, And Kirk Joseph
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Little Gem Saloon says
In the Ramp Room (Upstairs)
Standing Room Only
$20 Advance

John Medeski is a veteran of New York’s 1990s avant-garde jazz scene and is known popularly as a member of Medeski Martin & Wood. After studying piano as a child (starting when he was five years old), he began as a teenager to perform with musicians such as Mark Murphy and Jaco Pastorius. Medeski performs in a range of musical styles, from accessible groove based funk and jazz to more experimental music.

New Orleans is known for its great music and culture, and it is also known for spawning some of greatest drummers in the world. With a unique blend of slinky street beats, New Orleans funk, R&B, Zydeco, blues, traditional jazz, and swing, it gives New Orleans Drummers that “thang.” Terrence Higgins was born in New Orleans and introduced to the drums at a very young age by his great grandfather. Specializing in New Orleans grooves and keeping in touch with the Crescent City’s second line tradition and early New Orleans funk and R&B, he draws his influences from the legends of New Orleans.

An alumnus of the jazz studies program at Berkeley High School, Bay Area guitarist/composer Will Bernard first began playing and recording on an international level during his membership in Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble in 1989. Since then Will has been involved with a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between.

Kirk Joseph has earned his seat at the table of New Orleans’ greatest musicians and will surely claim his place in music history as perhaps the greatest innovator of his instrument, the sousaphone. For most, a mention of the sousaphone conjures images of marching bands and drum cadences. But in the hands of Joseph, the instrument comes to life in ways that its namesake, John Phillip Sousa, could have hardly imagined.
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