The three-night September Guitars series at the Silver Spoon concludes on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. with a free performance by noted New York City guitarist Kenny Wessel and his trio.
The trio consists of Wessel on guitar, Matt Pavolka on bass, and Russ Meissner on drums. Wessel has performed in 27 countries. He toured with revolutionary jazz artist Ornette Coleman for over 12 years as a member of Prime Time, Coleman’s groundbreaking electric jazz ensemble. He can be heard on Coleman’s CD, Tone Dialing.
Performing Coleman’s Skies of America, Wessel has appeared with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and performing Coleman’s ? Generation at Lincoln Center, Wessel appeared with Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. He has also worked with Donald Fagen, David Leibman, Badal Roy, John Abercrombie, Karl Berger, Debbie Harry, Gloria Lynne, Debashish Bhattacharya, Adam Rudolph and others from the jazz, pop and world-music spectrum.
His CDs include Weights & Measures (with Joel Frahm, Brad Jones, and Kenny Wollesen), Daybreak (with Badal Roy and Stomu Takeishi), and Jawboning (with Lou Grassi and Ken Filiano), about which Derek Taylor in All About Jazz wrote, “based on this auspicious debut my money says Wessel is one to watch.”
An active educator, Wessel currently teaches at Long Island University, City College of New York, the New York Jazz Workshop, and the Music Conservatory of Westchester. He gives clinics and workshops around the world and has taught at universities and festivals, including the Oslo Music Academy, ICSMS Festival (Istanbul, Turkey), Mahaidol University (Bangkok), Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, and many others.
This final concert will be presented without cover charge, though donations for the musicians will be gratefully accepted. The Silver Spoon is located at 124 Main St. in Cold Spring. For more details visit silverspooncoldspring.com or call 845-265-2525.
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