Jazz at Lincoln Center
Renowned blues-rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, lifelong jazz fan, and valued Jazz at Lincoln Center Board member, Steve Miller returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center for an in depth look at T-Bone Walker. Considered the founding father of electric blues guitar, Walker changed the way blues was played with his unique and extraordinary solo electric guitar performances. As blues authority Pete Welding has noted, "The blues was different before T-Bone came onto the scene and it hasn’t been the same since…no one has contributed as much as long or as variously to the blues as T-Bone Walker.” Miller, having learned his first chords at age five from his godfather Les Paul, how to play lead guitar from T-Bone Walker at age nine, and then working with the best bluesmen in Chicago – Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Paul Butterfield, and James Cotton – has incorporated his affinity for the blues into all of his major recordings, and is now working closely with Jazz at Lincoln Center to explore and expand upon authentic blues styles. Joined by blues all-star Jimmie Vaughan, B-3 organist Mike Flanigin, rising star vocalist Brianna Thomas, pianist Shelly Berg, alto saxophonist/clarinetist Patrick Bartley, tenor saxophonist Craig Handy, baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and former Earth Wind & Fire drummer Sonny Emory, Miller has chosen music that takes audiences across the bridge from blues to jazz. Pre-concert discussion at 7pm with Steve Miller, Bernita Walker, and Jimmie Vaughan. Concert begins at 8pm.