Brad Mehldau Bringing His Brand of Jazz, Classical and Pop Music to Scottsdale

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Known for his brilliant takes on songs by everyone from The Beatles to Cole Porter and Radiohead to Paul Simon, Gershwin and others, Brad Mehldau will be performing a special concert at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 22.

Jazz enthusiasts will certainly jump at the opportunity to see and hear the award-winning Mehldau perform in person. Having moved to New York when he was just 18 years old in order to study jazz and collaborate with some of the modern-day greats — Fred Hersch, Junior Mance, Kenny Werner, Jimmy Cobb, Joshua Redman, and others — Mehldau has become a highly skilled musician who has given performances all around the world.

With his trio, he plays original compositions, as well as jazz classics and jazz arrangements of popular music from a number of generations, for example, the music of Nick Drake and Soundgarden (“Black Hole Sun”). And in fall 2010, he and John Mayer played together at the Hollywood Bowl, performing The Verve‘s “Bittersweet Symphony,” among other well-loved tunes.

Mehldau’s Scottsdale performance will be Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and he will be joined by Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums (both of whom collaborated with Mehldau on his latest critically acclaimed album, “Highway Rider”).

To catch this performance by the man the “Los Angeles Times” described as “universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years,”tickets are available for $24 and $34 through the SCPA site, or through the box office, by calling 480.994.2787, ext. 2.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second Street in Scottsdale

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