Bill Frisell and his band, including Petra Haden (voice), Hank Roberts (voice, cello), and Luke Bergman (voice, guitars/bass) delighted audiences during their two sets at The Jazz Kitchen Friday night, September 10, 2021.  The amazing, unique performance presented a selection of jazz and Americana staples with the trio’s powerful harmonies and Frisell’s depth on the guitar.  

The release of the album HARMONY was showcased this evening, featuring new compositions, imaginatively reworked music from Frisell’s catalog, with Petra Haden’s dreamlike vocals and stunning tight harmonies with Roberts and Bergman.  It was an evening of songs across America.  “If I think back throughout my whole life, all the music that I’ve loved,” Frisell has said, "why can’t it all be there at the same time?" You can play a Bob Dylan song and you can play a standard song or a Charlie Parker song, and they can fit together. Why not? There’s no reason why you can’t have ‘Lush Life’ and ‘Red River Valley’ on the same album. They’re both beautiful songs.  

Crowd favorites from Friday nights shows include Pete Seeger's protest anthem "We Shall Overcome," "The End of the World" which was a big hit in 1962 by Skeeter Davis, as well as "Lush Life" and "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing," two tunes written by the great Billy Strayhorn for Duke Ellington.  A couple of other memorable moments during the evening was the beautiful "Live your Dream," sung by Petra Haden and written by her father, the legendary bassist Charlie Haden and "On the Street Where You Live," written by the great Lerner & Loewe for the 1956 Broadway musical, My Fair Lady, again performed beautifully by Haden. 

The drum-less, piano-less configuration felt like the combination of a chamber ensemble, jazz quartet, and a classic harmony group, but the dynamic was seamless.  It felt like family or maybe an intimate impromptu gathering of friends — very talented friends — who wanted to share their love of the music.  For those who were fortunate to be there that night, and many who enjoyed both sets, it was an unforgettable experience of peace, joy, and musical love.

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