Hudson: DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield
This all-star band calls themselves Hudson, named after the Hudson River Valley they each call home. Drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield team up to celebrate their musical histories and Jack’s 75th birthday year in a tour de force of creative interplay. Fans know them as hard swinging jazz masters, deft and creative jam purveyors, rocking funky groove maestros, each musician at the top of his game. It’s rare that so impressive a group of individuals finds time away from their own projects to tour together. True to the spirit of the project’s name, they have collected a repertoire of Hudson Valley materials from Bob Dylan and The Band to the Woodstock Festival’s Joni Mitchell anthem and blues-rock-soul from Jimi Hendrix. Their June 2017 album release and performances will feature original compositions as well, inspired by their surrounds and each other. This is a band with wide ranging appeal...
NEA Master and Grammy™ Award winner JACK DEJOHNETTE knows the multifaceted worlds of jazz and jazz-rock as thoroughly as anyone alive. Having grown up amid the free jazz scene in Chicago in the 1960s, he began by playing with seminal figures in the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). He was among the first of that group to move to New York City, where he worked with everyone from Charles Lloyd to Sun Ra, Jackie McClean and eventually a who’s who of jazz. Lloyd’s rock-influenced quartet gave Jack the back story he would draw on to follow Tony Williams into Miles Davis’s band as the drummer for the epochal electric jazz album Bitches Brew. He continued with Miles through the early 1970s touring and recording on a string of influential albums: Live-Evil, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner. The music Jack has played since then combines elements of all those soundstreams, from free jazz, funk, and rock rhythms to quieter classical styles, including his many recordings as a leader and three decades as a member of the Keith Jarrett trio. In 2016 DeJohnette released his first solo piano album entitled Return (Newvelle Records). Jack also regularly tours with his own trio with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison.
As one of contemporary jazz’s most respected and accomplished bassists, LARRY GRENADIER has built an expansive body of work that encompasses a variety of significant projects with many of the genre’s most inventive and influential musicians. Over the course of a performing and recording career that spans three decades, he’s earned a far-reaching reputation, for his instrumental talent, for his instantly recognizable tone, and for the sensitivity, imagination and creative curiosity that have established him as an in-demand sideman and valued collaborator. Grenadier’s trademark upright bass work has been a longstanding fixture in the bands of pianist Brad Mehldau and guitarist Pat Metheny, and has graced albums by a broad array of prestigious artists, including Paul Motian, Charles Lloyd, Enrico Rava, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman and Kurt Rosenwinkel. For over a decade Grenadier's cooperative trio Fly with saxophonist Mark Turner and drummer Jeff Ballard has made three critically acclaimed recordings. Larry had played with each of the other members of Hudson on occasion over the years, but never with all three until that first concert in 2014. He is married to the singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin, with whom he tours and records.
Famed keyboardist JOHN MEDESKI is not easily contained to a single project or genre; he is credited on over 300 works to date, most notably as one third of the groundbreaking trio, Medeski Martin & Wood. Equally comfortable behind a Steinway grand piano, Hammond organ or any number of vintage keyboards, Medeski is a highly sought after improviser and band leader whose projects range from work with MacArthur Fellow John Zorn, The Word (Robert Randolph, North Mississippi Allstars), Phil Lesh, Don Was, John Scofield, Coheed & Cambria, Susana Baca, Sean Lennon, Marc Ribot and many more. Classically trained, Medeski grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where as a teenager he played with Jaco Pastorius before heading north to attend the New England Conservatory. He released his first solo piano record, A Different Time on Sony’s Okeh Records in 2013 and is currently finishing an album with his band, Mad Skillet, plus a documentary on Medeski Martin & Wood.
As one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, JOHN SCOFIELD is an artist with fan bases in many camps, firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer. He has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. His versatility and technical mastery won him sideman gigs early in his career with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Cobham/Duke among many. Scofield has spent the last 40 years prominently leading his own groups in the international Jazz scene. His 40+ albums as a leader, many already classics and many more recordings as a sideman ) include collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, John Mayer and Phil Lesh. He’s played, toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, among many jazz legends. A three time Grammy award winner and named an Officier dans L’Ordre des Arts and Lettres by France, at age 65, Scofield feels he's playing his best and enjoying music more than ever.
Jack DeJohnette generally is regarded as one of the finest living jazz drummers, a limber musical thinker and technical dynamo, one who challenges tradition by pushing outward while digging in.
The Los Angeles Times
[Larry Grenadier is] a deeply intuitive bassist
The New York Times
As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, John Medeski has been bringing jazz and fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades.
Scofield’s muse has evolved from guitar standards to post-bop to fusion and back again. (He wears) a gilded robe as the modern messiah of “Terminator jazz.”