Joe Craven Trio
Thursday, January 12, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)the irrepressible Joe Craven, his jazz trio, and their new CD $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
January 12 8:00 pm

Joe CravenThe inimitable Joe Craven returns to our stage with a power trio of northern California musical veterans to celebrate the release of the group’s new CD, All Four One. Featuring Kendrick Freeman on drumset, percussion, and vocals, John R. Burr on keyboards, and Joe himself on mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and anything else he can lay his hands on, the group performs original compositions by the members. While planting its feet in jazz, the album features a hefty dose of bluegrass, blues, funk, and swing, as well as influences from Brazil, Haiti, Ireland, and Puerto Rico.

John R. Burr

Joe is an innovative multi-instrumentalist, creativity educator, actor/storyteller, and recipient of the 2009 Far West Folk Alliance Performer of the Year. A supremely versatile musician, he has worked with folks ranging from jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and a cappella all-stars, the Persuasions. While he's an accomplished fiddler and mandolinist, Joe can play anything, whether it's got strings attached or not. From tin cans to knitting needles to ukuleles, it's all fair game when Joe takes the stage! “Everything Joe touches turns to music,” says mandolinist David Grisman, in whose Quintet Joe played for almost 17 years.

Kendrick Freeman

In addition to his drumset work with folks like Alison Brown and Rob Ickes, Kendrick has studied and performed with artists from Congo, Ghana, and Haiti. An engaging pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music, John's breezy style has graced tours with major musicians from a variety of genres including Maria Muldaur, Alison Brown, and Paul McCandless.


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