The music from these sessions was recorded live to cassette on a stereo Panasonic boombox over the stretch of one hot summer in downtown Manhattan, 1981. It was all very stealthy and informal. I’d call up some people on a payphone and we’d meet at one or another of the many dirt-cheap rehearsal spaces on the Lower East Side. We would simply show up, light a cigarette, plug in, and start improvising.
This concert was recorded on a modified stereo Walkman at OK Hotel in Seattle in June, 1993. It was the second night of a two night run before a mini-tour and the second time we’d ever played this material together live.
Manhattan Theatre Club, under the artistic leadership of Lynne Meadow, has announced principal casting to join three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad in a new Broadway revival of Saint Joan, written by Nobel Prize and Academy Award winner George Bernard Shaw and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.
"Mary Halvorson is one of the most acclaimed guitarists of her generation—a virtuoso improviser, distinctive composer, arranger and a deep student of the jazz guitar. Here she joins forces with living legend Bill Frisell to pay tribute to Johnny Smith, a guitarist who has been a huge influence on them both…”