Thursday, February 12, 2015

South Florida JAZZ presents Larry Coryell February 14, 2015

Larry Coryell Trio 
- As Live as it Gets! - 
This Saturday

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 – 8:00 P.M.

South Florida JAZZ welcomes back, by popular demand, a longtime favorite, the LARRY CORYELL and His Trio, comprised of Chicagoans Larry Gray on bass and the dazzling Paul Wertico on drums. Coryell has been a powerhouse electric guitarist for nearly five decades.

South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is privileged to feature the Larry Coryell Trio, always in demand by guitar enthusiasts because of his constant evolution and explorations. This concert takes place at the 500-seat Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd in Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 and $15 for students under age 25 with I.D.) and may be purchased from Ticketmaster or, the presenting organization’s official website or by calling Ticketmaster at 954.462.0222. 

Larry Coryell has earned a unique place in the jazz annals. He brought a revolutionary sensibility to electric guitar playing in the 1960s; a hard-edged, cutting tone and phrasing that owed as much to blues, rock, and even country as it did to the modern post-bop genre. A true eclectic blessed with impeccable technique, Larry Coryell always has sought a personal individuality. It is true that this has taken him all over the musical map, from Ravel to rock to Rimsky-Korsakov; not reflecting an identity crisis but an uninhibited musical appetite. He has been comfortable in almost every style from decibel-heavy electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar. In between there is finger-spraining, fretboard-busting, pyrotechnic virtuosity. This description only serves to introduce a complex and brilliant player, who currently is writing a symphony.

Born on the Gulf Coast of Texas and raised in Washington state, Larry’s interest in jazz took hold at the age of four. He began to learn the guitar in earnest by studying the recordings by Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, and Johnny Smith. By 1965, now living in New York, Coryell attracted attention in local jam sessions. Vibraphonist and South Florida JAZZ artistic advisor Gary Burton hired Larry at a time when jazz had become stagnant and musicians were searching for new inspiration, and it came mostly from electricity. 

Shortly thereafter, Coryell helped form the jazz-rock band Eleventh House that featured trumpeter Randy Brecker and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. It was among those laying the groundwork for the genre many believe was lamentably labeled “fusion.”  Since then, fusion has taken on many forms with the melding of cultures and influences by artists from all around the globe.  Over several years, the cognoscenti and establishment have, for the most part, managed to diminish if not erase the burdensome fusion rubric.

Larry Coryell is a jazz musician with an unfettered commitment to swing. In keeping with this tradition, Coryell equips himself on this date with likeminded, crafty professionals. The band that will appear here is quite remarkable because of the presence of drumming marvel Paul Wertico and bassist Larry Gray, both of whom live in Chicago. They and have played very hip music their entire careers – often with Larry - and are widely regarded as premier players in several exploratory spheres, including classical music.  Paul has appeared with Larry in this series on three previous occasions and complements his style to perfection. 

Larry Coryell – guitar
Larry Gray – acoustic bass
Paul Wertico – drums
Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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