Billy Cobham Announces USA Spring Tour

Article Contributed by | Published on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

World-class jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham announces his Spring 2015 USA Spectrum 40 Tour, in conjunction with the release of the double CD recording, Spectrum 40 Live. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Cobham’s breakthrough album, Spectrum—widely regarded as one of the genre’s most influential works— the upcoming performance series and CD set feature Cobham’s explosive, complex style of play supported by the Spectrum 40 Band, including Dean Brown (guitar); Gary Husband (piano) and Ric Fierabracci (bass).

Cobham’s musical genius has thrilled music lovers around the globe since the early ‘70s when he was a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.Today, after decades of musical exploration, the versatile Cobham continues to evolve and innovate as a master drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, educator and clinician--as audiences around the country will soon experience through the Spectrum 40 shows and the Spectrum 40 Live CD.

The impetus for the Spectrum 40 show and the March 2015 release of Spectrum 40 Live came from a “germ of an idea” in late 2012, which Cobham says “had to do with organizing a band to revisit compositions from my first album Spectrum. By this time, it was well over 40 years since I’d considered presenting most of the music recorded on Spectrum to the public. So, considering the fact that I could collaborate with some of the most imaginative artists in musical field, I chose to revive “Spectrum”, “Quadrant Four”,“To The Women In My Life”,“Le Lis” in addition to “Stratus” and “Red Baron” on this trip down memory lane.And, with the addition of “Fragolino”,“Radio Active”,“Heather” that I have rarely performed live. What you hear in this double CD package is the result of much energy expended and shared amongst a small core of individuals whom I can only thank for their direct input and total support of me and the music you find within the grooves of this double CD set.”

The Spectrum 40 Spring 2015 Tour includes the following cities and venues:

Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 PM, Berks Jazz Festival,Wyomissing, PA

Friday,April 17, 7:30 PM, Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday,April 18, 8:00 PM, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, Detroit MI

Sunday,April 19, 6:00 and 8:30 PM, SPACE, Evanston, IL

Tuesday,April 21, 8:00 PM,  Fox Tuscon Theatre,Tucson,AZ

Wednesday,April 22, 8:00 PM, Talking Stick Resort Showroom, Scottsdale,AZ

Friday-Sunday,April 24-26, 8:30 and 10:30 PM shows (Fri/Sat) and 7:30 and 9:30 PM shows (Sun)

Monday,April 27, 7:00 PM, Kuumbwa Jazz Club, Santa Cruz, CA

Tuesday,April 28 and Wednesday,April 29, 8:00 PM,Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland, CA

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