Elan Mehler Trio w/ Tony Scherr & Francisco Mela in the Theater
September 15 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Elan Mehler’s “There is a Dance” is a unique and raw expression of loss and love featuring the world-class rhythm section of Tony Scherr on bass and Francisco Mela on drums. Long celebrated for his touch and ear for the lyrical melodic line, this record finds Elan in a mid-career embrace of the truly immediate. Elan has recorded recently with Bill Frisell, Becca Stevens and Dave Douglas. His most recent project was producing and playing on the KIMBROUGH record featuring 68 of New York’s finest musicians celebrating the life and music of Frank Kimbrough.
“Mehler’s touch is as nuanced as Bill Evans’s, and his phrasing draws on both jazz and classical music without directly importing licks from either. The subdued certainties of his playing bring a crowded room to total silence.”
— John Fordham, The Guardian
Tony Scherr is arguably one of the most in-demand sidemen in New York City. The list is long; as a bassist, guitarist, or singer Tony has worked with: Bill Frisell Trio, Sexmob, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Willie Nelson, Rickie Lee Jones, Ani DiFranco, Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene), Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian, Sasha Dobson, Shawn Colvin, The Abrams Brothers, Kevin Kinney (Drivin N Cryin), and Teddy Thompson to name a few. –All About Jazz
Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz’s best performers having worked extensively with McCoy Tyner, Esperanza Spaulding, John Scofield Lionel Loueke, Joanne Brackeen, Jane Bunnett, Anat Cohen, and many, many others.
Photos by Anna Yatskevich