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Wednesday September 27, 2017

From Daily Freeman

Jazz quartet Hudson plays Oct. 4 at Bardavon in Poughkeepsie

The band Hudson, featuring jazz standouts Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield, will give a concert Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. at the Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie.

DeJohnette studied classical piano for a decade before taking up the drums as a teenager. An acclaimed percussionist, he has worked with many famous names in jazz, such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Esperanza Spalding. DeJohnette received a 2008 Grammy Award and was named a “jazz master” by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012.

One of the “big three” of late 20th and early 21st century jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell), Scofield saw his influence grow in the ‘90s and continue into the 21st century. Possessor of a very distinctive rock-oriented sound that is often a bit distorted, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, fusion and soul-jazz.

He started on guitar while at high school in Connecticut, and from 1970-1973 he studied at Berklee and played in the Boston area. After recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker at Carnegie Hall, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977, he recorded with Charles Mingus, and later joined the Gary Burton quartet and Dave Liebman’s quintet. Between 1982 and 1985, Scofield toured the world and recorded with Miles Davis. Since that time he has led his own groups, played with Bass Desires, and recorded frequently as a leader for Verve, Emarcy, Gramavision and Blue Note, using such major players as Charlie Haden, DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Eddie Harris and a host of others.

Medeski is an American keyboard player and composer. He studied classical piano and attended the New England Conservatory before moving to New York City. Medeski is a veteran of New York’s 1990s avante-garde jazz scene and is known popularly as a member of Medeski Martin & Wood. He plays the acoustic piano and an eclectic array of keyboards. A visible part of New York City’s “downtown” scene, Medeski has performed in numerous configurations with artists such as John Zorn, John Scofield, Marc Ribot, John Lurie and Steven Bernstein…

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