On June 6 and 7, guitarist Bill Frisell (pictured above) will present the final concerts of his Roots of Americana Series for the 2013-14 season in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Throughout the series, Frisell and an array of guest musicians have explored the intersections of rock, country, jazz and blues. These final concerts, dubbed “Electric Guitar in America,” will find Frisell in the company of fellow guitar master Greg Leisz and trio partners Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wolleson on drums.
Always on the lookout for opportunities to “dig around for where I’m coming from,” Frisell will pay homage to the instrumental popular music made “right at the birth of the Fender Telecaster guitar” that, he recalls, “got me super fired up” about playing guitar. He’ll reference, among other things, the amphetamine-driven surf music of Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, and Dick Dale; country icons Merle Travis and Chet Atkins; and groups like The Astronauts, The Ventures and The Wrecking Crew.
Each “Electric Guitar in America” performance—at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. each night—will be webcast live on new.livestream.com/jazz. Tickets, starting at $45, are available at jalc.org and at the Lincoln Center box office. Jazz at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.
Photo credit: Monica Frisell