FOLSOM — John Abercrombie continues pushing the envelope of jazz guitar music into the 21st century. His vast experience as a jazz guitarist includes collaborative efforts with many of the all time greats in modern music including Chico Hamilton, Gato Barbieri, Billy Cobham, Charles Earland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gil Evans, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner and Charles Lloyd. He brings his organ trio to Three Stages for two back-to-back performances in an acoustically superior venue.
“This is an exceptional chance to experience a jazz guitar master, in the 100-seat intimacy of the Scott-Skillman Recital Hall,” Executive Director Dave Pier noted. “We were very pleased to offer him and his organ trio a date as they make their way down to this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival.”
Abercrombie’s first high-profile gig came in 1968 with the legendary soul jazz organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith; his recording career as a leader began in 1974 with the release of “Timeless” on ECM. This relationship has continued for more than 30 years and 24 recordings.
Although he sees himself as a player in the jazz guitar tradition of Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, Abercrombie is highly influenced by the lyrical stylings of Bill Evans and his music is charged with the eruptive melodic invention of Ornette Coleman. This range of influences and the uncanny ability to marry tradition to innovation shows in his highly distinctive compositions — that at best can be described as contemporary multi-linear chamber jazz.
His Organ Trio includes Gary Versace (organ) and Adam Nussbaum (drums).
John Abercrombie Organ Trio will perform in Three Stages at 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Tickets are $29 to $39 with student tickets priced at $12. Tickets are available online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.