The Bad Plus featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel — Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

Mar 15

8:00 PM

Friday, March 15, 2019

Returning to Symphony Center in a special performance featuring influential guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and the group's new pianist Orrin Evans, The Bad Plus draws from a wide range of influences to create compelling original songs and reinventions of hits by artists such as Blondie, Nirvana and Black Sabbath. 

José James’ smooth baritone voice and coolly assertive delivery have made him “one of the suavest vocal improvisers on the scene” (Pitchfork). He makes his Symphony Center debut with a tribute to superstar R&B singer-songwriter Bill Withers.

Approximate concert duration: 144 minutes including intermission

To be announced from stage.


The Bad Plus
Orrin Evans piano
Reid Anderson bass
David King drums
Kurt Rosenwinkel guitar

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
José James vocals
Takeshi Ohbayashi keyboards
Marcus Machado guitar
Aneesa Strings bass
Aaron Steele drums


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Funding for educational programs during the 2018/19 SCP Jazz season has been generously provided by Dan J. Epstein, Judy Guitelman and the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.