Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne
Sponsored by OGB Architectural Millwork
presented in partnership with Albuquerque Academy & the African American Performing Arts Center
African American Performing Arts Center
310 San Pedro Dr NE
Albuquerque NM 87108
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One of the leading bluesmen of his generation, Grammy nominated guitarist and singer, Eric Bibb's career spans five decades, 36 albums, and a schedule of non-stop touring. Nominated for nine W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards, Bibb was also named the Memphis Blues Foundation's Artist of the Year in 2013. The son of folk musician Leon Bibb, and nephew of composer & jazz pianist (and UNM and Albuquerque High graduate and founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet), John Lewis Eric, Bibb was raised in New York in a household filled with music, where family friends included Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan and Paul Robeson (his godfather). He relocated to Paris at age 19, later settling in Stockholm where he has lived for many years. He has recorded and performed with Taj Mahal, Pops and Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Mamadou Diabate, Rory Block, Habib Koite and many others. His latest release, The Happiest Man in the World (2017) was called "an essential contemporary blues disc" by Living Blues. Tonight Bibb will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist and roots music master, Michael Jerome Browne, who has performed & recorded with Bibb for many years. In this special concert, Bibb will also be joined, for a portion of the evening, by a local string quartet led by his cousin and Santa Fe resident, violinist, William (Bill) Houston, plus David Felberg, violin; Shanti Randall, viola; and Joel Becktell, cello. Santa Fe based pianist, John Rangel did the arrangements for tonight's concert and will be joining the group.
This concert is made possible through support from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF); the National Endowment for the Arts; and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs.