TVD Recommends: Joel Harrison and Mother Stump at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 1/23

Friday night, Snug Harbor is the place to be to hear one of the most inventive guitarists out of the New York City scene. He will be appearing with an all-star group of New Orleans musicians featuring Rex Gregory on tenor saxophone, Chris Severin on bass, and Ricky Sebastian on drums.

Harrison will be performing songs off his new album, Mother Stump. Though recognized as a respected composer, this new recording focuses on his guitar work.

The set list is a mixed bag of unconventional songs including cuts by Luther Vandross, Buddy Miller, George Russell, Blind Willie Johnson, Paul Motian, Leonard Cohen, plus several Harrison originals. “It’s all about the melody and emotion on this record,” says Harrison.

Named by Downbeat magazine as a “Rising Star” guitarist for the last several years, Harrison occupies his own niche, a place where many styles of American guitar music coalesce into a broad, singular jazz vision managing to blend emotion and intellect as well as body and soul.

He has a deep grasp of musical history and a modernist’s attitude, sculpting his arrangements in surprising and satisfying ways.

Show times are at 8 and 10 PM.

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