Concerts & Events

Friday, June 8, 2018  ·  8:00 PM

Bill Frisell Trio featuring Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

Bill Frisell

Almost every day, Bill Frisell gets up in the morning, has some coffee, and writes music. At this point, there are piles and piles and piles of single pages of staff paper filled with his graceful script. “I don't know where the melodies come from,” says Frisell. “I try not to judge anything and just let them be.”

Music IS marks the long awaited solo album from the master of his craft..

"It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he's found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness." - The New York Times

Thomas Morgan

Thomas Morgan is a double bass player with a unique approach to the instrument and an exceptional musical understanding. He has played on more than ninety recordings and toured all over the world as a member of bands led by Bill Frisell, Jakob Bro, Jim Black, Dan Weiss, Craig Taborn, Paul Motian, John Abercrombie, Dave Binney, Steve Coleman, and Tomasz Stanko, among many others. It is Thomas Morgan's extraordinary way of being in the moment in music and putting his own signature on it that has made him one of the most in demand jazz bassists on the international scene.

Rudy Royston

A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Rudy Royston was raised in Denver, Colorado. He studied classical percussion at the University of Denver. While in college, Rudy began playing with trumpeter Ron Miles, whom Rudy deems his greatest teacher and music mentor. It was on Ron Miles recording Woman's Day that Rudy first played with Bill Frisell. A major figure in the Denver music scene, Rudy performed with artist such as Dotsero, Leslie Drayton, Joe Keel, and Nelson Rangell. He began teaching music in public schools before relocating to the east coast. In 2006, he moved to New Jersey to pursue graduate studies in music at Rutgers University, studying Jazz percussion with Victor Lewis. Since moving, Rudy has begun performing steadily with Bill Frisell in quartet and trio settings. He quickly integrated into the New York music scene, performing with, in addition to his own band configurations as a leader, Dave Douglas, Branford Marsalis, Javon Jackson, Linda Oh, JD Allen, Sean Jones, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jennifer Holiday, Ralph Bowen, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, Jason Moran, and Jenny Scheinman, to name a few. A lover of all genres of music, Rudy continues to expand his horizons as he gains increasing recognition in the world of Jazz.