JAZZ ROOM presents: Rez Abbasi Quartet
February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on February 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm
One event on February 24, 2024 at 9:15 pm
Award-winning Pakistani-American jazz guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi and his quartet makes a JAZZ ROOM debut, bringing their signature sounds that pushes boundaries while preserving jazz tradition. His vivid sound, encompasses provocative instrumentation with a unique and lively mix of rhythms and textures that will keep you on the edge of your seat for this special JAZZ ROOM experience.
Rez Abassi’s music has been dubbed “so vivid it can almost be tasted” by All About Jazz. Considered by many to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players in the world, his music is a vivid synthesis of his roots in Pakistan, his childhood in California, and schooling in jazz and classical sounds. His 2005 recording “Snake Charmer” created a stir due to his organic approach in blending two complex musical genres – jazz and Indian music. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for composition in 2021 and voted #1 Rising-Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll.
With 14 albums to his credit, Abbasi continues to partner with new groups of musicians to bring his musical vision to life. His Things to Come album of 2009 was named one of DownBeat’s top CD’s of the decade. In 2019, he released a score for a silent film, A Throw of Dice, which was produced in 1929 in India and is based on one of two major Sanskrit works from the 8th century B.C.E. From there to his acoustically recast classic jazz-rock from the ‘70s, the artist truly spans all genres and times.
The JAZZ ROOM provides a casual and intimate setting with tables and a full bar, reminiscent of the classic jazz rooms of yesteryear.
Thank you to our JAZZ ROOM contributors: Bank of America, South Arts, Knight Foundation, Arts & Science Council, North Carolina Arts Council, Alice L Walton Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Infusion Fund.