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Will Bernard & Friends
Presented By Poolside Presents
Thursday, May 4th at 9:00pm CST
Online sale ends: 05/04/23 at 11:00pm CST
Café Istanbul
2372 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
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Will Bernard

Brian Haas

Kevin Scott

Terence Higgins


Although currently a New Yorker, guitarist Will Bernard's unique voice was formed for the most part from the rich cultural roots of the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way he studied classical music, jazz, played in basements and coliseums, and absorbed the Bay Area Multi-Kultii, the New York downtown edge, and the loose funk of New Orleans. He has performed or recorded with Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Robert Walter, John Medeski, Dr Lonnie Smith, Ben Sidran, Peter Apfelbaum, Tom Waits, Dr. John and a lot of other known and unknowns. Will can be seen working in a chameleon-like way to fit into his current habitat. His 2007 CD "Party Hats" as well as his 1997 collaborative project T.J. Kirk's If Four Was One were both nominated for Grammys, and he is nominated yearly in Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll for Best Rising Star" Guitar Player. Will is a regular fixture at New Orleans Jazzfest, Jam Cruise and other similar events, and has toured extensively in the US and Europe. Currently, Will performs with John Medeski's Mad Skillet, Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkler, Frequinox with Stanton Moore and Robert Walter, Pleasure Drones, Brian Charette's Mighty Grinders, and the Will Bernard Trio and Quartet. Will's 8th album as a leader, Out and About was released in 2016 on Posi-Tone Records. His newest release is Freelance Subversives, and Will and his Friends will be performing cuts from the latest release as well as old favorites and new gems at this very special show.

Brian Haas is an award-winning pianist, composer, producer and arranger. He graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While at TU, he founded Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. In the last 30 years JFJO has released 27 albums, toured Europe and the Americas on a constant loop, played many of the world’s biggest music festivals, received the Guinness Cork Award in Ireland and sold out prestigious U.S. clubs like Yoshi's and The Blue Note. The last 3 years have seen Haas touring, composing and recording with Matt Chamberlain (drummer for Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) and The Nolatet, a band comprised of New Orleans legends Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton and Mike Dillon.
“Brian Haas paints with his fingers. In a flurry, his joyful digits add color to 88 black and white keys. He plays with the assured abandon of an artist in complete control of his craft.” – Keyboard Magazine

New York City bassist Kevin Scott’s visceral playing and explorer's spirit have become his hallmarks in multiple musical circles. He has recently been heard marauding the low end with Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Gary Husband, Donnie McCaslin, John McLaughlin, Marc Broussard, FORQ, and Wednesday Night Titans, his multi-media duo with drummer and programmer Zach Danziger. Kevin’s musical roots are in Atlanta where blues surrealist Colonel Bruce Hampton and jazz/fusion trumpeter Russel Gunn gave him room to run. These bizarre and beautiful musical adventures shaped him as an impresario as he headed up Atlanta Funk Society with productions featuring iconic drummer Bernard Purdie, whom Kevin counts as a friend, mentor, and profound influence. For over a decade, he hosted a weekly jam session that encompassed experimental music and performance art of almost any stripe, and became the incubator for Atlanta’s creative community. Kevin has also produced various recordings including Fix and Wait by WiseTale, Music from a Fallout Shelter by Church Basement Band, Extra Vehicular Activity by The Talismen, and Sunbelt Bliss by Ryan Knight. Kevin’s playing is in-the-moment and of the moment, and his expression is infused with a joyful menace that has proven magnetic to a growing and increasingly rarified list of fellow travelers.

Drummer Terence Higgins is a native of New Orleans and was raised in the suburb of old Algiers. When he was young he was mentored by George Porter Jr. and through him had the unique opportunity of playing with a number of music legends, including Earl King, Johnny Adams, Snooks Eaglin, and Fats Domino, at only 23 years old. "He had me playing with artists that I was almost too young to even know," says Higgins.

Among the jazz artists Higgins has played with is John Scofield. "You have to be pretty versatile to play in my band, and Terence can do all that," says Scofield. "What turns me on is where he puts the beat, and how musical a drummer he is. He can play all the things I want to do, so he's perfect."

Higgins demonstrated his creativity soon after starting with Scofield. "There was a drum solo in one of the tunes, but I opted to do a tambourine solo," he says. "Scofield loved it because it was only tambourine, and I took it to another level.

His command of the tambourine came from years playing in church, and much of Higgins' talent can be traced to his musical education. He got his first bongo at age four from his great-grandfather, and grew up drumming in the O.P. Walker Sr. High marching band, where he was chosen to perform in the now-defunct McDonald's All-American marching band.

Scofield is not the only legendary guitarist to seek out Higgins. He recently was asked to join the Warren Haynes Band. Haynes wanted a New Orleans drummer, and everyone he asked, from Ivan Neville to Ron Johnson, recommended Terence Higgins.

"Terence is schooled in a lot of genres that people might not expect him to be," says Haynes. "And it makes for a well-rounded musical personality."

"When you get inside the New Orleans thing you just do it," says Higgins. "It has nothing to do with technique or talent. It's just a spirit that takes over."

"Terence is schooled in a lot of genres that people might not expect him to be," says Haynes. "And it makes for a well-rounded musical personality."

But Higgins isn't lacking in technique or talent. Haynes, too, says he's an amazingly musical drummer, adding, "He has technique and chops, but also knows how to play songs." An accomplished songwriter himself, Higgins released his first solo album, "In the Bywater," in 2005, with his own funk-fusion band, Swampgrease.

"He has kind of a built-in love and understanding of songs and how songs work," says Haynes. "Some drummers spend so much time working on being a drummer that they forget how important it is to be part of the song."

According to Haynes, that unspoken way of communicating through music happened instantly with Higgins, where they could look at each other and know what the other one is thinking.

"Drummers from other cities may be technically proficient and can read music," says Higgins. "But there's something about New Orleans drummers that gives them a certain feel that no other drummers have."

"When you think about how important New Orleans music is to the overall picture of American music. It's something that we sometimes take for granted, but absolutely should not take for granted," says Haynes. "New Orleans musicians live and breathe that style of music. They're playing it every day of their life. They're not just studying it like it's a class. It's part of their DNA."

Education has paid off for Terence Higgins, so he's passing it on. He is the founder and director of Louisiana Drumline Camp. In its third year, the program reaches students from ages 8 to 18, hosting a one-day mini-camp and conducting small classes within schools.

"We teach and mentor young drummers," says Higgins. "I want to let these kids know that I came up through band programs at school, and look, I turned out alright."

Join these four world-class musicians as they embark upon a sonic journey that will leave everyone thrilled that they made the trip!

Will Bernard & Friends
Will Bernard – Guitar
Brian Haas – Piano
Kevin Scott – Bass
Terence Higgins - Drums

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Doors: 8:30PM
Show: 9:00PM

Café Istanbul
2372 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Tickets: $30
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