Mimi Fox

Thursday / March 3, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States
Mimi Fox

Internationally renowned guitarist, composer, and recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in six consecutive Down Beat magazine Critics Polls and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent guitarists on today's scene. In one of many feature stories, Guitar Player magazine hailed Fox as "a prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them."

Fox has performed and recorded with some of the music world's most commanding players, including fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan, Charlie Hunter, and Mundell Lowe; Grammy-nominated saxophonists Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez, Houston Person, and the late Don Lanphere; vocalists Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany, and Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer); B3 organ masters Joey DeFrancesco, Barbara Denerlein, and Lonnie Smith; and powerhouse drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. She has also performed with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian and with Patty Larkin's Vanguard Records–produced La Guitara project.

Fox has released eight highly acclaimed albums as a leader, including her two most recent on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. Perpetually Hip, 2006's double CD, received rave reviews from scores of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, which called this project Fox's "masterwork" and said, "The two discs stand as a definitive Fox statement. The first showcases her simmering interplay with a quartet featuring drum maestro Billy Hart, while the second captures her breathtaking solo style in an approach that is as harmonically resourceful as it is lyrically inventive."

Fox had already established her credentials as a worthy successor to Joe Pass with the astonishing 2001 Origin Records solo album, Standards. In a glowing Cadence magazine review, Jim Josselyn said, "to say Mimi Fox's touch, sound, sensitivity, and understanding of the guitar as a solo vehicle of expression is masterful would be an understatement. This is simply some of the best guitar music I have heard."

Fox introduced herself to the international jazz scene in the 1990s with a pair of CDs on Monarch Records, including Kicks, a high-energy project pairing her with collaborators such as Joey DeFrancesco and Yellowjackets Russell Ferrante and Will Kenney. Allaboutjazz.com awarded the album a superlative four star rating: "This is a strongly melodic collection and one that swings out stylishly. Mimi Fox is a major talent."

Fox maintains a whirlwind touring schedule, playing major festivals from New York to Tokyo, including tours of the Caribbean, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. International festivals include the Montreal, Guinness Cork, Perth International, and Monterey jazz festivals. Stateside, she has headlined at elite venues such as the Blue Note, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Village Gate in New York; the Regattabar and Scullers in Boston; the Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.; the Triple Door and Jazz Alley in Seattle; and Yoshi's and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo, Fox is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul, and unerring ear for beauty.