On Tuesday 18 July, jazz legends Fourplay will perform at the Boerderij, Zoetermeer. For over 25 years the legend of Fourplay has grown. Exploring the limitless possibilities of jazz has allowed the quartet to evolve musically, drawing musical elements from a wide range of styles, to hone their own unique and innovative sound.
The story begins in 1990, with keyboardist Bob James, who had already established himself as a formidable figure in jazz. It was in 1990, when James decided to reunite with Harvey Mason during the recording of James’ album “Grand Piano Canyon”. Mason, one of the most highly sought after drummers of all time (Herbie Hancock, Barbra Streisand, Notorious B.I.G.), was also well known as a composer and producer. This project also included guitarist Lee Ritenour, and bassist Nathan East (Barry White, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk).
This recording marked the genesis of the group known as Fourplay. In 2010, virtuoso guitarist Chuck Loeb joined Fourplay. The latest release, “Silver” (2015), celebrates the legendary group’s 25th anniversary of creating innovative and uncompromising music together. Line up: Bob James (keyboards), Nathan East (Bass, vocals), Harvey Mason (drums) and Kirk Whalum (saxophone).