Heroes + Misfits is an ambitious debut album that positions Kris Bowers at the forefront of a talented sextet and showcases a musical and compositional style that – while clearly rooted in the jazz tradition – is also reflective of an eclectic musical age.
The sense of creative eclecticism and diversity woven into Heroes + Misfits is characteristic of a generation that has been exposed to more information than any other generation in history, says Bowers. Joining Bowers on this exploration of his times is a team of talented individuals, many of whom he has toured with over the past year or two. The roster of Heroes + Misfits includes: alto saxophonist Casey Benjamin, tenor saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III, guitarist Adam Agati, bassist Burniss Earl Travis II, and drummer Jamire Williams. Guest vocalists Julia Easterlin, Jose James and Chris Turner also lend a hand on four of the album’s ten tracks.
US Tour Dates
3/9 - Yoshi's - San Francisco
3/13 - Bootleg Bar - Los Angeles
3/20 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York
4/15 - World Café (opening for Jose James) - Philadelphia
4/20 - Evanston SPACE (opening for Jose James) - Evanston
4/21 - Cedar Cultural Center (opening for Jose James) - Minneapolis
6/12 - Highline Ballroom (opening for Jose James) - New York