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Explore the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync when @Thebadplus comes to the @Kimmelcenter on 2/9. More info @ Kimmelcenter.org
Lauren Woodard Rachel Goldman
RENOWNED JAZZ TRIO THE BAD PLUS
SHOWCASE LATEST ALBUM NEVER STOP II
AT THE KIMMEL CENTER CULTURAL CAMPUS
FEBRUARY 9, 2019
Group includes Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans,
former Kimmel Center Jazz Standards leader
“An acoustic piano trio with the combustion properties
of a post-punk band…” - NPR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, December 17, 2018) – Collaborative jazz trio The Bad Plus has captured a myriad of fans with their unique and creative talents over the past 18 years. The band – consisting of founding members Reid Anderson on bass, Dave King on drums, and newest member and Philly native Orrin Evans on piano – is known as a group of passionate collaborators who constantly cross boundaries and bridge genres with their music. This winter, the band embarks on a tour for their latest album Never Stop II, comprised entirely of original music from the group’s latest lineup. The Bad Plus will stop in Evans’ hometown of Philadelphia on Saturday, February 9, 2019, performing in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Perelman Theater at 8:00 p.m.
“The Bad Plus is starting a new chapter with the recent addition of Philadelphia’s own Orrin Evans, former leader of our Kimmel Center education Jazz Standards program,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “As a supporter of the development of new jazz in the city, we can’t wait for audiences to experience the latest album from such a collaborative group.”
The Bad Plus began as a jazz band at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning both critical and public praise for their creativity and flair. Two years after their formation, The Bad Plus signed to Columbia Records where they released their major label debut album These are the Vistas in 2003. Over the next 15 years, they put out 10 more studio albums. In 2017, the band’s founding piano player parted ways with the group, opening an opportunity for longtime friend of the band, Orrin Evans, to join. Shortly after Evans joined the band, Never Stop II was released.
Never Stop II features four original compositions by Anderson, two by Evans, and two by King. Two additional bonus tracks written by Anderson are included on the digital download and CD editions of the album.
Never Stop II was tracked live in the studio with no overdubs, guided by longtime engineer Pete Rende in September 2017 in New York City. The new lineup rehearsed over several months to prepare the new material and get a feel for improvising together. The resulting record confirms the original band members’ idea that The Bad Plus could have a new life while retaining its democratic, leaderless group aesthetic — three composers, three identities, coming together under the umbrella of a band to create one unified sound.
Other upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include:DRUMline LIVE (January 19 – 20, 2019, Merriam Theater); Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (February 10, 2019, Verizon Hall); Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 60th Anniversary Edition (March 23, 2018, Verizon Hall); DIVA Jazz Orchestra (April 27, 2019, Perelman Theater); and Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia – Get Organized (June 1, 2019, Verizon Hall).
THE BAD PLUS
February 9, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and start at $29.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See www.kimmelcenter.org for more information.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2018-2019 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
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