Brad Mehldau Replaces Andre Previn at Blue Note Jazz Club, 6/6-8
Pianist Brad Mehldau will replace pianist André Previn at Blue Note Jazz Club, Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8, as part of the 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival. Previn was initially scheduled to perform with bassist Christian McBride during that time frame and has had to postpone the engagement due to unforeseen circumstances.
Mehldau and McBride will now present the world premiere of a rare duo collaboration, billed as "Brad Mehldau & Christian McBride" (produced by Jill Newman Productions). Mehldau and McBride share a rich history (dating back to their prolific work together as part of saxophonist Joshua Redman's quartet in the 1990s); however this marks a special engagement for the two musicians. The Previn-McBride duo collaboration will be rescheduled at a future date, to be determined.
One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. From critical acclaim as a bandleader and solo artist to major international exposure in collaborations with Pat Metheny, Anne Sofie von Otter, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Britten Sinfonia, and Joshua Redman, Mehldau continues to garner numerous awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. His forays into melding musical idioms, in his trio (with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums) and solo settings, has seen brilliant re-workings of songs by contemporary songwriters like The Beatles, Cole Porter, Radiohead, George and Ira Gershwin, and Nick Drake, alongside the ever evolving breadth of his own significant catalogue of original compositions. With his affection for popular music and classical training, Mehldau has become "universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years (Los Angeles Times)."