The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

Reid Anderson, bass
Ethan Iverson, piano
David King, drums

Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information



Program to be announced

About This Performance

Rolling Stone summed it all up: “It’s about as badass as highbrow gets.” Returning to SF Performances, this boundaries-testing, style-expanding trio avidly explores and innovates sonic sources encompassing jazz, pop, blues, folk and the classics the band calls “the rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses.”

“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.”

—The New York Times

Performer Biography

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The Bad Plus’ 10th studio recording, Inevitable Western, sees bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King further honing the same conceptual base that fired their inception. Yet again they continue to explore myriad musical forms born of jazz along with any sonic source that forwards music that is uniquely The Bad Plus. Inevitable Western is an album where pop, blues, and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses.

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