As part of his 70th birthday world tour, The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM present the amazing drummer/percussionist Han Bennink in concert Friday January 27th, 2012, at 8 p.m. in Brooks Hall on the grounds of the University of Virginia.
Bennink, born near Amsterdam in 1942, first played percussion instrument using a kitchen chair. Later his father supplied him with a more conventional drum kit, but Han never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects he finds backstage at concerts. He is still very fond of playing chairs.%u2028In Holland in the 1960s, Bennink was quickly recognized as an uncommonly versatile drummer. As a hard swinger in the tradition of his hero Kenny Clarke, he accompanied such American stars as Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon. He is heard with Dolphy on 1964s classic "Last Date" (PolyGram). Bennink participated in the creation of a European improvised music scene, and with fellow Dutch pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he founded the still active musicians collective “Instant Composers Pool” in 1967.
Over the years Bennink has toured tirelessly and appeared on hundreds of recordings with the likes of South African bassist Harry Miller, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonists Roswell Rudd and Ray Anderson, and big-bandleaders Sean Bergin and Andy Sheppard.%u2028
For the Brooks Hall concert, Bennink will perform with violinist Mary Oliver, along with several guest improvisers from the Charlottesville area. Tickets for this special event are available at the door only. General admission is $12. Members of The Charlottesville Jazz Society pay $10. All students are $5.
For more information call (434) 249-6191, or visit www.cvillejazz.org. Listen to WTJU, 91.1 FM the week prior to the concert for ticket giveaways and to hear the music of Han Bennink.