Standing without much fanfare and feverishly playing the electric guitar, virtuoso musician-composer Tisziji Munoz contorted the fingers of his left hand through a wild succession of chord structures at the top of his instrument’s fret board.
Shooting a lightning-fast glance at bassist Don Pate and keyboardist John Medeski, Munoz nodded hard, and the rhythm turned on a dime, causing his fingers to cascade with blistering speed through a myriad of frantic, complex scales right down to the base of the guitar’s neck.
NAME: Tisziji Munoz
INSTRUMENT: Guitar (Originally a drummer)
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Vincent Bell
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Baba Olatunji
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS …Children’s set of drums
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Canadian Sunset”
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Arrogants
Avant jazz guitarist Tisziji Munoz leads the Tisziji Munoz Quintet into the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Friday (June 1), for the final concert of the Sanctuary’s spring season. Munoz will be joined on stage by bassist Don Pate, drummer Tony Falco, percussionist Adam Benham and pianist John Medeski (of Medeski Martin & Wood). Tix for the concert are $10.
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Former Schenectady resident Tisziji Munoz is a world-class guitarist and true underground jazz hero. A disciple of John Coltrane, Munoz played in Pharoah Sanders’ band for six years and has shared his spiritual yet edgy fretboard talents with a wide array of musicians, including Rashied Ali, McCoy Tyner, Marilyn Crispell, Henry Kaiser, Bob Moses, Dave Liebman and Paul Shaffer.
He leads the Tisziji Munoz Quartet into the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Friday (June 1), for the final concert of the Sanctuary’s spring season. In addition to Munoz, the adventurous foursome will feature bassist Don Pate, drummer Tony Falco and pianist John Medeski (of Medeski Martin & Wood.) UPDATE: The band has been bumped up from a quartet to a quintet with the recent addition of percussionist Adam Benham. Tix for the concert at $10.
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“My earliest musical memories go back to when I started out as a drummer at the age of three or four. Of course, I wasn’t about to go out and buy anything at that age, but I was certainly open to receiving music from people in the family.
“And that would reach into the music of Tito Puente. Yes, Tito Puente and the music of Art Blakey, his Afro-Cuban explorations with the Jazz Messengers augmented by people like Ray Barretto.
“Most of the records that I was given were in the vein of Latin American music, salsa, Afro-Cuban jazz and that sort of thing. I had hundreds of albums of that kind of music when I was young.”
Jazz guitar pioneer Tisziji Munoz leads his high-octane quartet – featuring keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Bob Ra-Kalam Moses and bassist Don Pate – into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday. Tix are $18.