Born in France, raised to musical maturity in New York City, and a serious student of worldly jazz from all climes, Scott Tixier has been turning heads and dropping jaws over the last few years by marrying his considerable classical violin chops to an ear for adventurous jazz harmony. A partial list of top-tier band-leaders who've fallen for Tixier's charms includes Stevie Wonder, Roger Waters, Kenny Barron, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Charnett Moffett, Cassandra Wilson, Chris Potter, and Tigrin Hamasyan. NPR opined that Tixier is "a remarkable improviser and a cunning jazz composer," and they were right.
The folks at Hallwalls, in conjunction with Jazz Buffalo have wisely paired Tixier with our own Walter Kemp 3oh! – that's pianist Kemp, bassist Rishon Odel Northington and drummer David "Teaspoon" Hulett, 3 of the finest jazz and R&B musicians in town – for unique quartet performances at Hallwalls on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. ($20-$40, Eventbrite.com)