Skip Heller Trio To Record Live In Philly


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On December 12, LA-based/Philly-bred guitarist Skip Heller will take the stage at 8:00 P.M. sharp for a live set that will be his next disc.

Accompanied by drummer John Kennedy and the brilliant young organist Lucas Brown, the trio will lay down what Heller calls “the real template live organ jazz stuff, like the live albums by Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, and Groove Holmes where the band stretched out and played tunes."

Heller's recent Hyena Records release, Fakebook, has been hailed as this year's breakout organ combo disc. But Heller -- who has worked with everyone from Yma Sumac to NRBQ and Big Jay McNeely -- is at his core a live musician.

“Your playing changes the minute you go in a studio and put on headphones," he says, “so I'd rather play in a bar. Philly is my hometown, so it's one of my favorite places to play. And Tritone is just a great room. It's really a small epicenter of all the different Philly music, from soul music to punk rock to out jazz to straight ahead. Plus, the stage and the sound are ideal."

Heller's live shows are some of the most energetic jazz gigs to be seen today, and the masterful rhythm section of Brown and Kennedy promises that we'll be glad it all got recorded.

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