Clearwater, FLOne of the most highly anticipated tours of 2011 featuring jazz-fusion legends Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin and Mike Clark will commence on Sept 14th. The power trio promises to deliver an evening full of depth-defying virtuosic performances guaranteed to thrill and inspire all that attend. Henderson-Berlin-Clark are the Clapton-Bruce-Baker of fusion music!" says Jeff Berlin
Scott Henderson is considered one of the premier jazz-fusion guitarists performing on the planet today. Although Henderson claims to be more of a blues-rock player, with influences like Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Blackmore, it was the influence of jazz that led him to the style of playing and composing he is now famous for. Henderson has recorded and toured with such notable artists as Chick Corea's Elektric Band, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Berlin and 'Players,' and a four year stint with Weather Report legend Joe Zawinul.
He formed the band Tribal Tech in 1984 with bassist Gary Willis, and recorded nine critically acclaimed albums. In 1991 Scott Henderson was named by Guitar World as the #1 Jazz Guitarist, and in January 1992 he was named #1 Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player's Annual Reader's Poll. Henderson has also released three well-received solo albums as well as two releases with Vital Tech Tones, a trio collaboration with bassist Victor Wooten and ex- Journey/Vital Information leader Steve Smith on drums. As is often the case with a musician of Scott's caliber, the demand is great that he share his knowledge with the current generation of guitarists. He is on the faculty at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, and has written columns for Guitar Player, Guitar World and Guitar School magazines.
Jeff Berlin is a legend of the electric bass, considered by many to be the finest electric bass player in the world. A true master of the bass, Jeff Berlin has played with the likes of Bill Bruford, Alan Holdsworth, AWBH and George Benson. Jeff Berlin's resume reads like the who's who of the higher echelon of music artists. Jeff Berlin was even asked to join Van Halen, an invitation that he actually turned down. Not only is Jeff Berlin a innovator in the jazz field, but rock players are constantly siting him as their major influence. Carlos Santana called Jeff the best bassist in the world," while Rush's Geddy Lee used the phrase best bassist on the planet!" Jeff Berlin's innovative bass playing has influenced a generation of bass players world-wide. He was voted #1 Jazz Bassist by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine. Jeff also pioneered a technique called 'two handed tapping,' when he performed this style on the track Motherlode" from his 1985 debut solo album called 'Champion.' The founder of The Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida, Jeff has also been at the forefront of music education for almost 30 years. His columns in Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines were the most read columns due to their controversial content of music education. Jeff single-handedly has re-vamped music education by dismissing popular methods of learning such as using electronic tuners, metronomes, handgrips, tablature, or any study method that does not include musical content.
What can be said about Mike Clark except that he is a true drum legend! Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock's group in the early 1970's. Mike became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock's 'Thrust' album, which garnered him an international cult following. While often referred to as the Tony Williams of funk," Mike considers himself a jazz drummer, and in fact has become one of the most vital to sit behind a set. He's performed with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker, Vince Guaraldi, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Rob Dixon, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Mike Wolff, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Billy Childs, James Genus, Bob Hurst, Chris Potter, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Dave Liebman, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., Bill Doggett, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Mose Allison, Maxine Brown, Gil Evans and his orchestra and many illuminating etceteras too numerous to list.
And now, these three legends of jazz-fusion have come together to form a supergroup that will no less than amaze all who attend their dynamic performances.
Henderson Berlin Clark tour dates:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
City: Sellersville, PA
Venue: Sellersville Theater ST94
Venue address: 24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, PA 18960-2342 * (215) 257-5808
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
City: Newton, NJ
Venue: Newton Theatre
Venue address: 234 Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16-19
City: New York, NY
Show times: 8 & 10 pm
Venue address: 1650 Broadway, New York(212) 582-2121
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Jeff Berlin Clinic
25 W. 14th Street
Manhattan, NY 10011
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
City: Northampton, MA
Venue: The Iron Horse
Venue address: 76 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060-3709 * (413) 586-5858
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
City: Somerville/Boston, MA
Venue: Johnny D's
Venue address: 17 Holland St., Somerville, MA 02144 * 617-776-2004
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
City: Schenectady, NY
Venue: Van Dyck
Show times: 7:00 & 9:30pm
Venue address: 237 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 * (518) 348-7999
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
City: Buffalo, NY
Venue: Tralf Music Hall
Venue address: 622 Main Street #2, Buffalo, NY 14202-1914 * (716) 852-2860
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
City: Ferndale, Detroit
Venue: Magic Bag
Venue address: 22920 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220 * (248) 544-3030
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
City: Cleveland, OH
Venue: The Winchester
Venue address: 12112 Madison Ave, Lakewood/Cleveland, Ohio 44107 * 216-226-5681
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
City: Pittsburgh, PA
Venue: Diesel Club & Lounge
Venue address: 1601 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA(412) 431-8800
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
City: Dayton, OH
Venue: Gilly's Jazz
Venue address: 132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton, OH 45402 * 937-228-8414
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
City: Chicago, IL
Venue address: 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 * (773) 404-9869
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