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Jazz Trio The Bad Plus Performs At Lawrence University


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The Bad Plus
APPLETON, WIS. — The convention-breaking jazz trio The Bad Plus makes its Lawrence University debut Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel as part of the college's 2012-13 Jazz Series.

Tickets, at $15-22, are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749 or

Featuring Wisconsin native Ethan Iverson, piano, and Minnesotans Reid Anderson on bass, and David King on drums, the trio performed together for the first time as teenagers once in 1990. After spending the ensuing decade out developing their own individual musical languages, they reconnected in 2000. The following year they released the self-titled album “The Bad Plus" to critical acclaim, earning “best-of" honors from The New York Times, the Chicago Reader and others.

The Bad Plus has combined inventive original work with creative, genre-hopping covers of artists as diverse as Nirvana, David Bowie and Black Sabbath. The New York Times has called the band “better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60's jazz and indie rock."

Jazz pianist Bill Carrothers, who has enjoyed a 31-year professional playing career, calls the Bad Plus “one of those groups that only comes along every once in a while in the timeline of our art form."

“They are all consummate musicians, playing music in a way that is completely their own, doing so with one collective mind. They are taking the art form in new and unexpected directions," said Carrothers, who teaches in Lawrence's Conservatory of Music and collaborated on the Bad Plus drummer David King's 2012 album “I've Been Ringing You."

The band's 10-album discography includes 2010's “Never Stop" and 2012's “Made Possible," both of which feature all original material.

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