Billy Cobham On Tour March-April 2018

Article Contributed by Nancy Balik | Published on Saturday, February 10, 2018

Jazz fusion legend Billy Cobham announces a multi-city US Tour dedicated to revisiting his second album, Crosswinds, which was originally released in 1974. For this new performance se- ries, known as the “Crosswinds Project,” Cobham and the band will perform updated arrangements of his compositions from this album, supported by Paul Hanson (bassoon, sax); Fareed Haque (guitar); Tim Landers (bass); and Scott Tibbs (keys).

In addition to playing material from Crosswinds such as Spanish Moss, The Pleas- ant Pheasant, Heather, and Crosswind, Cobham and the band will perform well-loved favorites from his breakthrough album, Spectrum (1973), Taurian Matador, Stratus, Quadrant Four and Red Baron.

Cobham’s musical genius had enthralled 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 innovate as a master drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, educator, and clinician, as audiences around the country will experience through his brilliant Crosswinds Project.

Billy Cobham and the Crosswinds Project will appear at the following venues:

Thursday, March 8-Sunday, March 11: Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington

Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Yoshi’s, Oakland, Cali- fornia

Thursday, March 15: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, California

Friday, March 16: Sunday, March 18: Blue Note Honolulu, Hawaii

Thursday, March 22: Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, Detroit, Michigan

Friday, March 23: Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, New York

Saturday, March 24: The Center of the Arts in Natick, Natick, Mass- achusetts

Sunday, March 25: Albany, NY Swyer Theatre " The Egg”

Thursday, March 29: SPACE, Evanston, Illinois

Friday, March 30-Saturday, March 31: Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, Indiana

Monday, April 2: Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia

Tuesday, April 3: BB King’s, New York City, New York

Wednesday, April 4: Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 5: Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

In conjunction with the Crosswinds Project Tour, a special free ebook excerpt (first chapter preview) of a forthcoming full-length book about Cobham will be released, written by author Brian Gruber, entitled, “Six Days at Ronnie Scott’s: Billy Cob- ham on Jazz Fusion and the Act of Creation."This one-of-a-kind book offers a be- hind-the-scenes look at a grand musical collaboration: British arranger Guy Barker’s orchestration of Billy Cobham’s life's work for a six-day run with a 17-piece big band at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s. In a riveting series of backstage conversations, "Six Days at Ronnie Scott's" covers six decades of Cobham’s musical life, from his early days playing with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew to the formation of Mahavishnu Orchestra to performances with virtually every jazz great to his still-prolific schedule of touring and recording at age 73. Masters such as Ron Carter, Randy Brecker, Jan Hammer, and Guy Barker, as well as club owners, jazz critics, and fans all get in on the action as the transformative early years of jazz fu- sion are explored, along with what drives Cobham to continue to create. Details of the full print and ebook release will be made public shortly.

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