"We Always Swing"® Jazz Series presents

The Bad Plus

Photo Credit Cameron Wittig

The Jazz Series is pleased to welcome back The Bad Plus, the energetic, transformative power trio that routinely stretches musical boundaries and categories. After more than two decades of recording and performing together and issuing close to a dozen  titles the trio continues to attract accolades, earning a well-deserved reputation as a daring and adventurous ensemble  – one that attracts a growing number of enthusiastic followers wherever they go. The members pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King – combine their myriad of unique influences blending them into something that almost seems to elude definition. The common thread: The three musicians are fearless.


During the course of an evening the Iverson, Anderson and King can make their way through creatively re-imagined arrangements of less-than-common titles that cut a wide musical swath. Consider this: The Bad Plus’ repertoire consists of equal parts of original pieces and re-imaginings of contemporary pop and rock cornerstones such as Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.” The result: The Bad Plus performances provide ample room for everyone – from the well-versed jazz aficionado to the total rookie/novice just getting into jazz – to enjoy. Consider that last summer they toured extensively employing on alternate occasions guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joshua Redman as separate special guests.


Upper Midwesterners all, the trio first performed together in 1990, then split in different directions to absorb and embrace different musical adventures on their own. Iverson became the musical director of New York City’s Mark Morris Dance Group; Anderson released three albums on the independent Fresh Sound label; and King performed with Happy Apple, another post-modern jazz trio. The group re-connected and released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim, including landing on several “best of” lists from the likes of The New York Times and the Chicago Reader.


In their only previous Jazz Series performance – during the 2008/2009 season – the trio’s popularity required a third seating at Murry’s. As a result, The Bad Plus opens the second half of the 2012/2013 season with an appearance at The Blue Note.

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Sunday, Jan 20, 2013

"Jazz in the District"

Doors: 6 p.m. | Start: 7 p.m.

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“Audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio crunches and at times pulverizes swing to let improvisational freedom shine...Dynamics play a huge roll in the act's music, as does humor, an element sorely lacking in most of contemporary jazz. But beauty is also key... jazz purists tremble while the vanguard flocks.”

- Billboard

“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60's jazz and indie rock.....”

- New York Times

The Bad Plus

Reid Anderson: Bass
Ethan Iverson: Piano
David King: Drums

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