Thursday, June 22, 8 p.m.
The Redstone Room, 129 Main Street, Davenport IA
Praised by AllMusic as a "a gifted virtuoso whose smooth technique and world music-influenced approach to jazz reflect a childhood spent traveling, absorbing local sounds from the musicians of Spain, Pakistan, and Iran," Fareed Haque headlines a June 22 concert event at Davenport's Redstone Room, the guitarist's set sure to demonstrate his unique command of the guitar and the different musical styles that have inspired his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.
Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Haque’s extensive travels and especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different kinds of music from a very early age. While this natural eclecticism has become a hallmark of Haque’s music, it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque a grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz traditions. The 1981 recipient of North Texas State University’s Jazz Guitar Scholarship, Haque spent a year studying with renowned jazz guitarist and pedagogue Jack Peterson, and his growing interest in classical guitar led him to transfer to Northwestern University, where he completed his studies in classical guitar under David Buch, John Holmquist, and Anne Waller.
Soon after his transfer to Northwestern, Haque came to the attention of multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy and joined his latin-fusion group Chevere. Haque was consequently introduced to Paquito D’Rivera and began a long and fruitful relationship with the Cuban NEA Jazz Master. Numerous world tours and recordings including Manhattan Burn, Celebration, Havana Cafe, Tico Tico, and Live at the MCG followed, as did the award winning Reunion featuring Haque along with Arturo Sandoval, Danilo Perez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mark Walker, and David Fink.
Through D’Rivera, Haque was brought to the attention of Sting, who had just begun his record label Pangaea. Sting invited Haque to join the label where he released two acclaimed recordings: Voices Rising and Manresa. Haque toured briefly with Sting, including notable appearances at The Montreux Jazz Festival and on NBC’s Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn, and eventually signed with the legendary Bluenote Records. While at Bluenote, Haque recorded three albums as a leader: Sacred Addiction, Opaque, and Déjà vu. Haque also toured and recorded extensively with other artists, and his sideman credits include tours and recordings with Joe Henderson, Herbie Mann, Bob James, Richie Cole, Joey Calderazzo, Kahil El Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.
Fareed Haque headlines his June 22 classical-jazz and world-music engagement at Davenport's Redstone Room alongside Serbian guitarist Goran Ivanovic, admission to the 8 p.m. concert is $15-18, and more information and tickets are available by calling (563)326-1333 and visiting CommonChordQC.org.