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Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan Duo

Mon, Feb 19, 2018




Friday-Sunday doors open at 5:30PM.
Monday-Thursday doors at 6:00PM.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).

All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

$34.50 Includes a $6.00 Service fee

In the event the show is canceled or rescheduled, the $6.00 service fee is nonrefundable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

Vouchers, promotional certificates, donated gift certificates, student discounts, senior discounts, children under 12 free discounts and 2 for 1 cards are not applicable for this show.


The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Seattle's own visonary guitiarst Bill Frisell with in-demand jazz bassist Thomas Morgan.

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Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recorded output of the decade,” including his recent albums for Savoy - Sign of Life with the 858 Quartet, Beautiful Dreamers, All We Are Saying, a collection of John Lennon interpretations and his debut release for OKeh/Sony Masterworks, Big Sur, featuring music commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival and composed at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, for strings, guitar and drums in a quintet comprised of long-time musical associates.

Thomas Morgan has been a steady presence in New York’s bustling jazz scene for nearly two decades, sports a discography dozens of discs deep, and has worked with numerous jazz heavyweights, from Lee Konitz to Paul Motian—but perhaps his work with guitarist Bill Frisell has brought Thomas Morgan the most attention. The two have played and recorded together on several well-received projects over the years, including Motian’s highly acclaimed final recording, 2011’s The Windmills of Your Mind, and Frisell’s Grammy-nominated When You Wish Upon a Star last year. The pair recently teamed up again to co-bill the just-released Small Town, an album of stunning guitar–bass duets recorded live at the Village Vanguard. Frisell describes Morgan’s stellar bass accompaniment best: “Thomas has this way of time-traveling, as if he sees ahead of the music and sorts it all out before he plays a note. He never plays anything that isn’t a response to what I play, anticipating me in the moment.”

A native of Hayward, California, Morgan began studying cello at age seven and later played bass guitar in his junior-high jazz band. When he switched to upright at 14, he discovered his bass journey-to-be, and eventually relocated to New York. There, he studied with Harvey Swartz while earning a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and he even landed a lesson with Ray Brown. He’s been busy working ever since, but for all that Morgan has done since landing in the Big Apple, the 35-year-old is just getting started.

"Small Town" presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York s hallowed Village Vanguard. Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist's rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town begins with a tribute to Motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer s composition It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago, the duo's counterpoint yielding a hushed power. Morgan has appeared on several ECM albums of late, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, Jakob Bro, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi. Small Town sees Frisell and Morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his Subconscious Lee, and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry s famous James Bond theme Goldfinger. - AMAZON

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