For enthusiasts of the style, there’s simply nothing better than jazz-fusion. Pioneered and popularized in the 1970s by greats like Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, jazz-fusion is renowned for combining standard jazz improvisation and chord progressions with heavier sounds and more complex time signatures. Today, the genre is alive and well, and on Wednesday, September 14th, jazz-fusion fans in the area can check out the trio of Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, and Mike Clark at the Sellersville Theater.
With influences like Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Ritchie Blackmore, you might think that Scott Henderson is more of a blues-rock guitarist. However, you’d be wrong. Considered one of the premier jazz-fusion guitarists still performing, Henderson has played with many well respected artists, including Chick Corea, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Joe Zawinul (of Weather Report). Considering his solo output as well as his work with Tribal Tech and Vital Tech Tones, Henderson has released over a dozen albums. Finally, he is on the faculty at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, and has written columns for Guitar Player, Guitar World and Guitar School magazines. Needless to say, he is a master of his craft.
Considered one of the top bassists on the planet by renowned artists like Carlos Santana and Geddy Lee, Jeff Berlin has played with Bill Bruford, Alan Holdsworth, and George Benson, among others. He was even asked to join Van Halen (but, of course, he declined). Voted #1 Jazz Bassist by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine, Berlin also pioneered a technique called “two handed tapping.” As 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 are very popular due to their controversial approach to musical instruction.
Gaining notoriety in the 1970s for his insightful playing on Herbie Hancock’s Thrust, Mike Clark is often referred to as the “Tony Williams of funk.” In addition to Hancock, Clark has performed with dozens of other adored players, including Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Joe Henderson, and Maxine Brown.
A jazz-rock supergroup full of dynamic performances, just about everyone who witnesses the Henderson-Berlin-Clark trio is amazed. The performance begins at 8:00 PM and tickets can be purchased for either $21.50 (regular) or $33 (cabaret). For more information, call (215) 257-5808.