If you live west of the Mississippi, it's time to get your jam on. Guitarist Jimmy Herring has announced 15 shows this summer, including stops in Wakarusa Festival on June 4 and Telluride Jazz on June 7.
Pioneering a daring hybrid which crosses rock energy with the sophistication and improvisational fire of jazz, Herring's dynamic, exploratory guitar playing has been a key component of such renowned groups as the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jazz is Dead, Project Z, and, most recently, Widespread Panic. Much esteemed by his fellow musicians, Herring has also been called upon for stints with Phil Lesh and Friends, the Allman Brothers Band, and the Dead.
But this summer belongs to the Jimmy Herring Band, which features drummer extraordinaire Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jazz is Dead, Shawn Lane), prolific jazz maverick Greg Osby on saxophone, multifaceted keyboardist Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech), and the dynamic Neal Fountain on bass (Jeff Sipe, Alex Machacek, Col Bruce Hampton). The quintet will be performing a wide range of material, including compositions from Herring's long-awaited and much-acclaimed 2008 solo debut, Lifeboat. In addition, there will be some cover tunes from various influential records from the '60s and '70s, and select favorites from the catalogues of the individual band members. Herring is understandably excited about the prospect of performing this music with this lineup over an extended period of time.
It's a shot of adrenaline to get to play with musicians who are pushing the envelope and breaking down the walls that exist between genres of music," says the guitarist. Each of these musicians inspires with every note they play."
Here is a complete tour itinerary:
6/04 :: Wakarusa Music, Ozark, AK
6/05 :: Flytrap Music Hall , Tulsa, OK
6/07 :: Telluride Jazz Fest , Telluride, CO
6/09 :: Belly Up , Aspen, CO
6/10 :: Fox Theatre , Boulder, CO
6/11 :: Aggies Theatre, Ft Collins, CO
6/12 :: Cervantes Ballroom, Denver, CO
6/13 :: Cervantes Ballroon, Denver, CO
6/14 :: Urban Lounge , Salt Lake City, UT
6/16 :: Crystal Bay Club Casino , Reno, NV
6/17 :: Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA
6/18 :: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
6/19 :: House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
6/20 :: St.Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
6/21 :: Belly Up Tavern, Solano Beach, CA