Blues Alley
Blues Alley

Joel Harrison

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Joel Harrison and Free Country Celebrating the release of Angel Band on Highnote Records

Joel Harrison: Guitars, voice

Pete McCann: Guitar

Stephan Crump: Bass

Cedric Easton: Drums

Angel Band is the third in a series of records where guitarist/ composer Joel Harrison arranges country and Appalachian music in a modern jazz context. The first two cds appeared in 2003 and 2005 on the ACT label. He now revisits this concept with diverse and imaginative renditions of timeless tunes by Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Olabelle Reed, Johnny Cash, and more. Born in Wash. D.C., now living in Brooklyn, Harrison credits hometown guitar hero Danny Gatton as a primary inspiration for this project.



In 2003 and 2004 Harrison recorded Free Country and So Long Second Street on the ACT label. These recordings, which featured Norah Jones, David Binney and others, seemed to defy any effort at catholic, marking Harrison as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. They were widely honored and many listeners wondered if Harrison would ever play this music again. 

He now revisits this concept with Angel Band, enormously diverse and imaginative arrangements of timeless tunes by Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Olabelle Reed, Johnny Cash, and more. Each song bears a unique imprint, wherein Country, African rhythms, R&B, avant garde, rock and psychedelia all beautifully conjoin. 

The band is a "who's who" of the modern jazz scene, some of whom played on the previous cds including David Binney, Stephan Crump, Brian Blade, Darol Anger, Alecia Chakour, and Uri Caine.

Joel Harrison has been called "protean and brilliant" by the New York Times, and the London Times called the first Free Country CD "as original a vision as you are likely to encounter all year."

Harrison will strip down to a quartet for these shows. Featured performers are the great bassist Jerome Harris, who has performed and recorded with Sonny Rollins, Jack DeJohnette, and Bill Frisell, and Wash. D.C. based Anthony Pirog, who is a powerful, innovative new voice for his generation and a bandmate of Harrison's in the three Telecaster group "The Spellcasters." The two guitarists, who share an array of influences, frequently seem to be reading each other's minds! And finally the phenomenally grooving Jeremy Clemons, who played on Harrison's Mother Stump (Cuneiform).

Tickets: $20 in advance /$23 ar door /$10 full time students w/ ID

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20007

*Please note:
1. Final sale, no refunds, not transferable.
2. $12 food/beverage minimum per person not included in ticket price.
3. Seating first come at the door. Doors open at the earliest of 6 PM & 9:45 PM respectively.
4. Photography or Recording of any kind is prohibited during the performance.
5. Keep conversation to a minimum during the performance.