John Zorn's Stone Commissioning Series presents: John Medeski
6pm doors • 7pm show
New Music. New Jazz. Curated by John Zorn.
The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates Zorn’s revolutionary venue, The Stone, a non-profit venue that was “dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde” and served as a vital spot for new music in Manhattan’s Alphabet City for over a decade. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, National Sawdust honors the spirit of the Stone, hosting the world premiere of new works.
This month’s concert features famed keyboardist John Medeski.
Equally comfortable behind a Steinway grand piano, Hammond organ, or any number of vintage keyboards, Medeski is a highly sought–after improviser and bandleader whose projects include work with John Zorn, The Word (Robert Randolph, North Mississippi Allstars), Phil Lesh, Don Was, John Scofield, Coheed and Cambria, Susana Baca, Sean Lennon, Marc Ribot, Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and many more. Classically trained, Medeski grew up in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, where, as a teenager, he played with Jaco Pastorius before heading north to attend the New England Conservatory. He released his first solo piano record, A Different Time, on Sony’s Okeh Records in 2013. Current projects include a new album in the works with his band Mad Skillet (Terence Higgins, Kirk Joseph, Will Bernard), HUDSON (a collaboration with Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, and Larry Grenadier), and a documentary on Medeski Martin & Wood.