While we don't know if Bill Carrothers will be humming "I'll Be Home for Christmas," he might as well join the lusty chorus of local expats in town for the holidays when he shows up at the AQ for his annual Yuletide appearance. A current resident of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Carrothers is a prolific, phenomenally inventive jazz pianist known more in Europe than the U.S. despite having worked with the likes of Dewey Redman, Joe Beck, Lee Konitz, and Charlie Rouse. His interest in history–jazz and other–often informs his playing and projects, as does his whimsical sense of humor, which lately has yielded striking, serious jazz versions of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." As usual, Carrothers has numerous things brewing. Two recordings should be out soon on the German Pirouet label: Live at the Village Vanguard, recorded last summer with drummer Dre Pallemaerts and bassist Nic Thys, and Joy Spring, which focuses on Clifford Brown's music with drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Drew Gress. Also in the works is a solo piano album of original music, a Mingus project, and a large-ensemble tribute to the music of the 1920s flapper era. At the AQ, his trio will include local stalwarts Kenny Horst on drums and Billy Peterson on bass. 18+.
Sat., Dec. 26, 9 p.m., 2009