2012 Fall Guide: Concerts

September 19, 2012

The Bad Plus , easily one of the most influential bands of the last decade, returns to Chris’s for a two-night stand on Sept. 28-29. This trio—composed of pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King—has reinvented everything from Stravinsky to Aphex Twin to the Bee Gees, yet their sterling original compositions are just as central to their appeal. Medeski, Martin & Wood , another trio with something of a crossover indie draw, will take the stage at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Oct. 2. Of course, both groups owe a considerable debt to a master pianist such as Kenny Barron , who’ll appear at the Annenberg Center on Oct. 20 with the young and world-renowned Philly native Johnathan Blake on drums. And bassist Ben Williams , one of Blake’s notable peers, takes a break from touring the world with Pat Metheny’s Unity Band to play Chris’s on Oct. 27 with his own group.

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