Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Featuring Big Sur Quintet: 

Jenny Scheinman, Eyvind Kang,

Hank Roberts and Rudy Royston


November 6 / Sunset Cultural Theater / Carmel, CA

November 7 / Kuumbwa Jazz Center / Santa Cruz, CA

November 8 / The Shedd / Eugene, OR

November 9 / Aladdin Theater / Portland, OR

November 10 / Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Univ. of Washington / Seattle, WA

December 3 / Wexner Center for the Arts / Columbus, OH

December 4 / Clifton Center / Louisville, KY

December 5 / SPACE / Evanston, IL

December 6 / The Barns @ Wolf Trap / Vienna, VA

December 7 / Le Poisson Rouge / New York, NY

December 8 / Cedar Cultural Center / Minneapolis, MN

January 23 / SFJAZZ / San Francisco, CA



“He may well be the most creative and eclectic 

musician around.” The Montreal Gazette


“Mr. Frisell is a towering figure of jazz guitar“ Wall Street Journal 


“[Big Sur] sounds entirely of Bill Frisell’s unique world, yet still like a previously undiscovered land that sounds well worth a visit.” L.A. Times


“Big Sur is more than just a musical recording. It’s a sonic novel - 

instrumental storytelling of the highest caliber delivered by an amazing storyteller. It’s Bill Frisell at his best.” DownBeat 


OKeh announces a 12-city North American tour for Bill Frisell’s Big Sur QuintetNovember 6-January 23. The tour is in support of his new album, Big Sur, and will feature violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang, cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Rudy Royston (who are all featured on the album as well). The tour will include performances at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel, CA; Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, CA; The Shedd in Eugene, OR; The Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR; The Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, WA; Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH; Clifton Center in Louisville, KY; SPACE in Evanston, IL; Wolftrap in Vienna, VA; Le Poisson Rouge in NYC; Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN and SFJAZZ in San Francisco, CA.

The project marks Frisell’s OKeh debut as well as the first album featuring the Big Sur Quintet (which combines his 858 Quartet and Beautiful Dreamers trio). Born of a Monterey Jazz Festival commission in 2012, Big Sur features an hour of original music, that explicitly references the coastal-mountain environment of Big Sur, California. The quintet recorded

Big Sur at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California, with longtime Frisell collaborators Lee Townsend and Adam Muñoz producing and engineering, respectively.


The commission included a residency at Glen Deven Ranch, an 860-acre property bequeathed to the Big Sur Land Trust. Glen Deven’s beauty and quietude provided Frisell with both inspiration and something even more rare: time to be alone with his muse (for the first ten day stay in April 2012). “It was extraordinary. You’re surrounded by forest, and there’s a trail that you can walk to the end of the bluff, where the land just drops off and you see the whole panorama of the Big Sur coast and the Pacific Ocean,” says Frisell. “That’s what I woke up to every morning. It was incredible.”

Click above to watch the making of Bill Frisell’s Big Sur

Bill Frisell ·  Big Sur

OKeh ·  Release Date: June 18, 2013

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