RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Playhouse’s signature "Jazz & Wine" series continues with legendary Grammy-nominated acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke.
He will perform his blend of jazz, blues and folk in his inimitable finger-picking style of syncopated, polyphonic music at 8 p.m. Sept. 20.
Kottke has developed a cult following of fellow guitarists and fans and collaborated with Phish bassist Mike Gordon on "Clone" in 2002, deemed as a pivotal moment in Kottke’s 30-year career. Kottke and Gordon followed up with "Sixty Six Steps" produced by Kottke's old friend and Prince producer David Z.
In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous monologues with vocal and instrumental selections that typify his career, played solo on his signature 6- and 12-string guitars. A consummate musician, he learned to play trombone and violin at an early age then gave those up and developed his finger-picking guitar style. He received an honorary doctorate in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008.
To start the evening, Piccolo's Pizza & Jazzeria on Prospect Street is offering a free glass of wine with dinner the night of the show when tickets are presented.
For tickets ($45), call 203-438-5795 or visit the box office at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road.