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Bruce Hornsby and yMusic at the Merriam Theater

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Bruce Hornsby and yMusic The Merriam Theater jny: Philadelphia, PAMarch 4, 2020 “It's, what, our fourth show? We should have it together by now," Bruce Hornsby laughed during one between-song lull while a couple of his cohorts quickly tuned up. The joke was that he'd forgotten the planned order of songs to be played, though that's certainly understandable for someone normally used to winging it without a set list at all. To listen to the ...

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Bruce Hornsby: Absolute Zero

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While the music world has plenty of explorers, Bruce Hornsby is still one of its most restless Marco Polos. Where he's often made a habit of bouncing from one thing to another for a whole album at a time--solo contemporary piano, yee-haw bluegrass, piano-less folk, jazz trio, film score and stage musical--he's in full, glorious, kitchen-sink mode this time around. Don't read too much into the title. Absolute Zero gleefully zips all over the style map with the exact opposite ...

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with Los Lobos At The Flynn Center for the Performing arts

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers w/ Los Lobos Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, Vermont July 20, 2018 Given the musicianly approach Bruce Hornsby has applied to his career, it makes perfect sense for him to tour with Los Lobos. With his bands (originally the Range and now the Noisemakers) and in collaborations with like like-minded artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bela Fleck and Pat Metheny, the keyboardist/vocalist/composer has put more premium on ...

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Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers: Rehab Reunion

Read "Rehab Reunion" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A Bruce Hornsby album with no piano seems sort of like a Chinese dinner without rice. Well, upon further consideration it may not be quite as crazy as it sounds. The man's career is defined by nothing if not restlessness, and he's managed to do something fresh and different almost every time out. The most surprising thing he could do would be to not surprise us somehow. Rehab Reunion shows that that danger is as remote as ever. ...

INTERVIEWS

Bruce Hornsby: The Master of Levitation

Read "Bruce Hornsby: The Master of Levitation" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

For more than 20 years, singer/songwriter, pianist/composer, and band-leader Bruce Hornsby, has proven to be a survivor in an ever changing music environment. From winning multiple awards including a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1987 for the multi-platinum album The Way It Is (RCA, 1986) with his band The Range, to dual releases in 2007 (on Sony/Legacy)--a foot-stomping bluegrass duo Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby and the swinging jazz trio outing Camp Meeting, with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist ...

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Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers: Levitate

Read "Levitate" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It is an oxymoronic but accurate statement that would describe Bruce Hornsby as a contemporary traditionalist. Traditionalist in the sense that his music is steeped in the heartland of America--a riverboat pianism with not only the blues, but also jazz and pop; a storyteller whose song vignettes portray the everyday lives of ordinary folk as heard in his many releases beginning with the multi-million selling debut album, The Way It Is (RCA, 1986). Yet he is a contemporary who is ...

MUSIC AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT

Bruce Hornsby: Halcyon Days

Read "Bruce Hornsby: Halcyon Days" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

If Bill Evans would have grown up in the Deep South influenced by the gospel hymns of the Southern Baptist church, he just may have sounded like Bruce Hornsby. That would probably be a fair description considering that Hornsby knows no boundaries and often travels into the genres of pop, folk, jazz, classical, bluegrass and whatever else might inspire him. And though it's an approach that would never inspire record company executives, Hornsby has never catered to the whims of ...


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