Monday, July 17, 2017
A native of Illinois, Bird updates the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk and rock elements into his distinctive style. Trained by the Suzuki method for violin from a young age, he released his first solo album, “Music of Hair,” in 1996. Vastly different from his later releases, the album showcases his violin skills and pays tribute to his fascination with both American and European folk traditions, as well as jazz and blues. Later, with numerous albums and side projects including collaborations with the Squirrel Nut Zippers under his belt, Bird matched his critical acclaim with commercial success, including appearances on late night shows like David Letterman and Conan O'Brien, as well as original songs and music for movies like “The Muppets” and “Crazy Stupid Love,” as well as FX’s “Baskets.” His song “Capsized” reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in 2014.
Joining Bird on stage is the GRAMMY winning contemporary jazz bassist Spalding. Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year old, Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but she has also distinguished herself by playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion and Afro-Cuban styles as well. During her career, she has won several GRAMMYS, including “Best New Artist” of 2010. Spalding has also appeared on Bird’s “Live From the Great Room” online series, playing her own “Apple Blossom,” Bird’s “Truth Lies Low,” Herbie Hancock’s “Ostinato (Suite for Angela)” and Antônio Carlos Jobim’s “Inútil Paisagem.” Read More'''