Medeski, Martin, and Wood Return for a Highly Anticipated Kimmel Center Performance
March 15, 2006
Medeski, Martin and Wood
This performance is a part of Kimmel Center Presentsí Sovereign Bank World Pop Mix. Upcoming performances include Jerry Blavatís Geator Gold on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 8pm.
Tickets for Medeski, Martin, and Wood are $69, $57, $47, and $33, and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org or at the Kimmel Center Box Office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply) For group sales call 215-893-5883.
A limited number of $10 tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance at the Kimmel Center. Tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning 2.5 hours prior to evening performances and 11:30am for matinees.
John Medeski was first initiated into the music scene by his father, who played the piano for a hobby and performed at cocktail parties and family gatherings. Still, Medeski regarded himself a classical musician until he began playing more jazz during his education at the New England Conservatory of Music. A severe case of tendonitis almost put an end to his career but he was able to bounce back with the help of Richard Zukowski and the Hoshino therapy, bringing a whole new philosophy and life to his music. Today he continues to translate life to music using the plethora of sounds at his disposal.
Drummer Billy Martin grew up in a musical household. His father was a classical violinist and his mother was a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Martin took up the drums when his family moved to New Jersey in 1973 and began attending classes at the Manhattan School of Music during his senior year of high school. During the eighties he immersed himself in the Manhattan music scene, playing in ensembles like John Lurieís Lounge Lizards, Batucada, and John Zornís Cobra. He released his first album with the Medesi, Martin, and Woods jazz trio in 1991 and has continued to revolutionize jazz in a way that defies categorization.
Chris Wood recalls his father, who was a singer and guitarist in the East Coast folk scene, as a key influence in his musical education. Woodís initial performance education was with MST Entertainment, which gave him the opportunity to perform across genres with a group of older and more experience musicians. His formal education includes private lessons with talents from the New England Conservatory such as Geri Allen, Bob Moses and Dave Holland. Since then, his style has developed into a colorful exploration that illustrates his mastery of both the upright and electric bass and bold technique that brings an edge reminiscent of Charles Mingus.
Kimmel Center Presentsí 2005/2006 season is supported by: Mellon Financial Corporation, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Sovereign Bank, The American Express Company, Verizon Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The William Penn Foundation. Special Student Matinees at the Kimmel Center are generously supported by Merck & Co., Inc. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. Toyota is the Official Vehicle of Kimmel Center Presents Jazz and World Pop programming. In-kind support is generously provided by Deloitte and Southern Wine and Spirit. NBC-10 is a Media Partner for Kimmel Center Presents.
KIMMEL CENTER PRESENTS
Sovereign Bank World Pop Mix
Friday, April 7, 2006 | 8:30pm
John Medeski, organ
Billy Martin, percussion
Chris Wood, bass