FREETIME: Jill Cohn Trio to headline KAFM Radio Room benefit concert Sept. 21
WHAT: Jill Cohn Trio with guest Will Whalen
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21; doors open at 7
WHERE: Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.
INFO: 970-241-8801, ext. 223, or www.kafmradio.org.
Musician Jill Cohn, who has performed solo in Grand Junction on several occasions, will perform Saturday, Sept. 21, with the Jill Cohn Trio at KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.
“We’re excited. KAFM has really supported us over the years” (with on-air interviews and frequent airplay of her CDs), Cohn said. “It’s awesome they invited us to the Radio Room to do a benefit concert (for the station).”
Cohn has teamed up with Dave Sampson, the principal guitarist on Cohn’s new CD “Beautiful I Love You,” and bassist Keith Waters, a 22-year-old who studied at the Berklee College of Music and has said one of the most influential albums he listened to growing up was Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira.” Cohn has also mentioned the legendary Canandian singer-songwriter as an influence.
Each member of the trio also sings and plays percussion.
“This will be the first time that I’m doing something live (on tour playing with a band) that matches the record I’m promoting,” Cohn said. “We have some super cool arrangements worked out for this particular gig and tour.”
A long-time Seattle resident, Cohn recently moved to northern California to work with Sampson, who plays an array of instruments including baritone, slide and acoustic guitar.
Cohn, who sometimes plays piano, will be bringing only her guitars and percussion instruments to this show.
“Beautiful I Love You” is guitar-focused, and the group has worked up a lot of arrangements of her piano-based songs, Cohn said.
“For me, it’s a chance to present those songs in a different way, that haven’t been heard before,” Cohn said.
The singer-songwriter is often on the road with tours scheduled in the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. She said she enjoys the travel.
“For the independent musician — I love the interaction with the audience,” Cohn said. “That’s what music is all about.”
Cohn is working on another CD titled “Cinema” — due to be released in November — of which she’ll have advance copies available at the upcoming Radio Room concert. The album is a sort of “remix, or retrospective” of her career.
“The CD is a huge landscape of music. There’s chamber, classical, hard dance music. It’s a really cool record.”
Singer and guitar player Will Whalen of Grand Junction will open the show, performing about five songs of both original and “mash-ups” — songs he merges together.
One such piece is the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” — a song that Whalen ends up merging with the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”
Whalen performs each Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Bailey’s Lounge in the Grand Vista Hotel on Horizon Drive.
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