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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123
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“Badi Assad’s supple nylon-string comping, sexy vocalizations, and playful spirit coax fretboard wizards Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie to new creative heights.” —Guitar Player
“It’s rare for three guitarists of this caliber to be assembled. Highly recommended!” —


Experience “graceful flights of acoustic virtuosity” (Down Beat, 4-Star review) and an expansive sonic palette of jazz, Brazilian styles, and more from this super-trio of six-string greats: fusion pioneer Larry Coryell, Sao Paolo-born Badi Assad, and ECM Records legend John Abercrombie.

With over sixty recordings, Larry Coryell, “perhaps the most original guitarist around” (Down Beat), was a leading figure in the jazz-rock movement during the sixties and early seventies, and remains one of the most eclectic stylists in contemporary jazz. One of the most influential fusion guitarists, Coryell displays a level of virtuosity and inventiveness rivaled by few others.

Epitomizing Jobim’s assertion that “Brazilians are born with a guitar in their arms,” Badi Assad has emerged as an important new voice of the instrument, transcending traditional styles with an exotic mixture of ethnic sounds from around the world, combined with vocalizations and body percussion. Born in 1966 into a famous musical family (her brothers Sergio and Odair are the famous Duo Assad), Badi was launched to stardom in 1984 when she won the Young Instrumentalists Contest in Rio de Janeiro, her riveting performance as singer, guitarist and percussionist filling the hall with magic and suspense. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Badi Assad redefines solo [guitar] performance! Hypnotically compelling!”

John Abercrombie weaves together many of jazz’s diverse stylistic threads, making him among the most revered and highly influential acoustic and electric guitarists since the 1970s. His recordings for ECM helped define that label’s progressive chamber jazz reputation. His style, drawing upon all manner of contemporary improvised music, is essentially jazz-based, but also displays a familiarity with Eastern and Western art music, folk and rock.

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