Last summer, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline debuted his latest solo work, the orchestral jazz record Lovers, at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. Just over a week later, the album was released via the historic Blue Note Records and quickly began raking in critical praise, ending up on numerous year-end lists of the best jazz albums of 2016, including NPR’s. Cline has finally announced the first live performances of the Lovers material since the album came out, with shows on the books in Los Angeles and San Francisco this April.
“I feel so lucky to be able to come to my home state of California and play this music from Lovers with many of my most cherished West Coast comrades as well as with treasured East Coast representatives,” says Cline in a statement. “And yes—art and beauty still matter. It is an honor to participate in endeavors such as this.”
Cline will be playing at UCLA’s Royce Hall on April 8 and the Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ on April 9. A press release for the shows also hints at additional Lovers shows to be announced this year. Wilco will be playing multi-night runs in a couple cities, including Chicago, Toronto and New York, and will play their own Solid Sound festival this summer in North Adams, Mass.
See the visualizer for the song “Glad To Be Unhappy” below and look beneath that to see who will be performing at Cline’s April shows, along with Paste Cloud footage from a 1996 Wilco show in their hometown of Chicago.
STEVEN BERNSTEIN – trumpet
NELS CLINE – electric guitar
ALEX CLINE – drums
DAN CLUCAS – trumpet
MICHAEL DESSEN – trombone
BRAD DUTZ – vibraphone, marimba, percussion
JEFF GAUTHIER – violin
BEN GOLDBERG – contra-alto clarinet, Bb clarinet
VINNY GOLIA – woodwinds
DEVIN HOFF – bass
YUKA C HONDA – celeste, synth
JULIAN LAGE – electric & acoustic guitar, Dobro
MICHAEL LEONHART – conductor, trumpet, flugelhorn
ZEENA PARKINS – harp
MAGGIE PARKINS – cello
SARA SCHOENBECK – bassoon
GAVIN TEMPLETON – Bb clarinet