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Thursday September 28, 2017

From Poughkeepsie Journal

Jazz with Hudson: A guardrail groove, songs that swing
John W. Barry

The name of this jazz ensemble pays tribute to the river that defines a region, provides a sweeping identity to countless communities and continues to inspire artists and musicians over centuries.

The band is Hudson. Three members – drummer Jack DeJohnette, pianist and keyboard player John Medeski and bass player Larry Grenadier – live in Ulster County. Guitarist John Scofield lives in Westchester County.

All four share an affinity for the Hudson River, which shapes this valley, serves as a catalyst for commerce and plays a pivotal role in the lives of millions of people. And all four will be in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 4, when Hudson performs at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House.

The boundaries of jazz will be stretched wide. The caliber of musicianship will be high.

“They’re all very individual, unique players, but they’re all so generous in terms of sharing music,” said Mark Dziuba, a guitarist, composer and the director of the Jazz Studies Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Dziuba has taught with Scofield at the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut and the pair also played a couple of tunes together.

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