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Bill Frisell Trio: Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival

Tuesday, May 9 @ 7:00 pm - Saturday, May 13 @ 7:00 pm

Arguably the greatest living guitarist, Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recorded output of the decade.”

“Frisell has had a lot of practice putting high concept into a humble package. Long hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time, he has also earned a reputation for teasing out thematic connections with his music… There’s a reason that Jazz at Lincoln Center had him program a series called Roots of Americana.” – New York Times

Reviews of Bill Frisell Trio’s most recent album “Valentine”

Valentine showcases the limitless creativity, the artful spontaneity, and the intuition and trust with which Frisell, Morgan, and Royston perform their tunes. The album delivers a love letter to the tunes, to the listeners, and to the trio itself.”

—No Depression

“On Valentine, they consistently and strikingly play as one, voices intertwined, completing phrases as if sharing a single thought… Even though the selections on Valentine hail from a range of styles the performances represent jazz playing at its most sublime.

—DownBeat (5-star “Masterpiece” rating)

“The trio is the most mysterious and clarifying format in jazz… a great jazz trio perfectly balances foreground and background. It is at once intimate and communal. Leading a trio with force and grace requires both a sturdy identity and the open-mindedness of a true collaborator. Guitarist Bill Frisell… [possesses] these qualities… Mr. Frisell as an auteur, his trio mates the perfect ensemble cast… three musicians in lockstep, moving as one.”

—Wall Street Journal

“a Frisellian mix of down-home and moody, abstract and endearingly direct… the album draws to a spirited close with touching renditions of ‘What the World Needs Now Is Love’ and ‘We Shall Overcome’.”


Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival
May 9, 2023
United High School • 7:00pm
Pharez Whitted and the John Tate Trio Rootabaga School Tour group
Free and open to the public

May 11, 2023
Galesburg Community Arts Center • 7:00pm-10:00pm
Faculty and Friends Combo
Admission: $5

May 12, 2023
Galesburg Community Arts Center • 6:00pm-11:00pm
•Galesburg High School Junior High Jazz Bands
•Knox Alumni Big Band
•John Tate Trio
Admission: $10

May 13, 2023
Galesburg Public Library • 10:00am
Rootabaga Kids: John Tate Trio
Free and open to the public

May 3, 2023
Knox Jazz Ensemble and the Bill Frisell Trio
Orpheum Theatre • 7:00 p.m. • Free floor & balcony seats
$20 reserved mezzanine



Tuesday, May 9 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 13 @ 7:00 pm
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The Orpheum Theatre
57 S. Kellogg St
Galesburg, IL 61401 United States