Jack Vees has been active as a composer and bass guitarist since the mid 1970’s. While still in college he had the opportunity to play with a diverse array of jazz and rock luminaries from Gerry Mulligan to Toots Thielmanns to Carmine Appice. In 1981 his “The Book on Bass Harmonics” was published by Alfred Music and cemented his reputation as a creative visionary of the instrument.
Vees will be performing a solo set, including lots of pedals and an occasional laptop digital frippery, playing a number of unusual low end guitars, including an 8-string bass and a 12-string baritone guitar.
As a composer he has worked with many of the most creative ensembles in the contemporary music scene. Yet at the same time his works have resisted fitting into any one style, and have been performed from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to CBGB’s in New York, and his recording of “The Restaurant Behind the Pier” stands as a unique example of an entire CD comprised of pieces exclusively for bass guitar. For the past 25 years he has taught at the Yale School of Music, where he is the director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology.
Watch Jack Vees do a cover version of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy” from “Abbey Road”:
• Wednesday, Apr. 23. ART ROCK: FLOATING LANTERNS
• Wednesday, Apr. 30. AVANT-GARDE SOLO BASS VIRTUOSITY: JACK VEES
• Wednesday, May 7. ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS
• Thursdasy, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN
• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED
• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO
• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET
• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART
• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO
• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE
• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE
• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND
• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA
• Thursday, June 26. MODERN PRIMITIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC: PRESTER JOHN
featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER