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Billy Cobham announces his Spring 2015 USA Spectrum 40 Tour

Article by Sean Mitchell // March 04 2015
Billy Cobham announces his Spring 2015 USA Spectrum 40 Tour

Billy Cobham announces his Spring 2015 USA Spectrum 40 Tour, in conjunction with the release of the double CD recording, Spectrum 40 Live. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Cobham’s breakthrough album, Spectrum—widely regarded as one of the genre’s most influential works— the upcoming performance series and CD set feature Cobham’s explosive, complex style of play supported by the Spectrum 40 Band, including Dean Brown (guitar); Gary Husband (piano) and Ric Fierabracci (bass). 

The impetus for the Spectrum 40 show and the March 2015 release of Spectrum 40 Live came from a “germ of an idea” in late 2012, which Cobham says “had to do with organizing a band to revisit compositions from my first album Spectrum. By this time, it was well over 40 years since I’d considered presenting most of the music recorded on Spectrum to the public. So, considering the fact that I could collaborate with some of the most imaginative artists in musical field, I chose to revive “Spectrum”, “Quadrant Four”, “To The Women In My Life”, “Le Lis” in addition to “Stratus” and “Red Baron” on this trip down memory lane. And, with the addition of “Fragolino”, “Radio Active”, "Heather” that I have rarely performed live. What you hear in this double CD package is the result of much energy expended and shared amongst a small core of individuals whom I can only thank for their direct input and total support of me and the music you find within the grooves of this double CD set.”

The Spectrum 40 Spring 2015 Tour includes the following cities and venues: 

Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 PM, Berks Jazz Festival, Wyomissing, PA

Friday, April 17, 7:30 PM, Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, April 18, 8:00 PM, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, Detroit MI

Sunday, April 19, 6:00 and 8:30 PM, SPACE, Evanston, IL

Tuesday, April 21, 8:00 PM, Fox Tuscon Theatre, Tucson, AZ 

Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 PM, Talking Stick Resort Showroom, Scottsdale, AZ 

Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, 8:30 and 10:30 PM shows (Fri/Sat) and 7:30 and 9:30 PM shows (Sun)
www. catalinajazzclub.com 

Monday, April 27, 7:00 PM, Kuumbwa Jazz Club, Santa Cruz, CA

Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29, 8:00 PM, Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland, CA

For more information, visit: www.billycobham.com. CD’s will be available at participating Tour venues.







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Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.

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