Best Music Residency
The Bad Plus at Dakota Jazz Club
The Bad Plus' annual Christmastime residency at the Dakota is routinely one of the musical highlights of the holiday calendar. The globally loved NYC-based trio — featuring ubiquitous local drummer Dave King, pianist Ethan Iverson, and bassist Reid Anderson — brings its own unique twist to modern jazz, working well-known rock 'n' roll and pop covers into sets filled with adventurous originals, all to the delight of the intimate audience. In addition to their well-received recent records — Inevitable Western and their dynamic interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring — the Bad Plus have also teamed up with saxophonist Joshua Redman to expand their pulsating sound. Their vibrant live performances are filled with studio gems from their 15-plus year career, as well as surprising, inventive covers (Nirvana, Blondie, Black Sabbath) from their deep record collections. Each year, the Bad Plus provide a welcome alternative to the saccharine Christmas songs that grow old fast, and give area music fans something to truly cherish around the holidays.