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The iconic drummer Billy Cobham and his Spectrum 40 Band performs at an exclusive show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House here in Jim Thorpe on Friday, January 18. The Opera House will be the first of only two East Coast venues the band will visit in 2013.

Billy Cobham Spectrum Band

I first witnessed the spectacle of Mr. Cobham’s playing in 1973, when I saw him with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the jazz-fusion supergroup also featuring John McGlaughlin (guitars), Jan Hammer (keys), Jerry Goodman (violin) and Rick Laird (bass) in New York’s Central Park.

Mahavishnu Orchestra

I had never seen such instrumental virtuosity and sheer power, and haven’t seen anything to match it since. That concert later became their live album, Between Nothingness and Eternity.

After Mahavishnu, Cobham released the seminal fusion albums  Spectrum and  Crosswinds  along with many others. He performed with groups like Bobby and the Midnights (Bob Weir), Jack Bruce and Friends, Carlos Santana, and jazz greats like Stanley Clarke, McCoy Tyner, George Duke, Larry Coryell, and of course, Miles Davis.

Billy Cobham Band at the Opera House September 2008

Cobham visited Jim Thorpe in 2008 with Victor Bailey (bass – Weather Report), Tom Coster (keys – Santana) and current member Dean Brown (guitars – David Sanborn). John Ernesto, director of the Reading Jazz Festival, very aptly described the show as a “musical storm surge.” He returned in 2010 with a completely different band of European musicians, that was no less explosive. We even squeezed in a very cool interview at WRTI in Philadelphia.

Billy Cobham

So now, Mr. Cobham returns in January with a revised and appropriately awesome Spectrum Band.

Accompanied by Dean Brown – guitar, Ric Fierabracci  – bass, Gary Husband – keyboards, and former Mahavishnu bandmate Jerry Goodman, Cobham will be performing favorites like Stratus and Crosswinds along with tunes rarely heard, such as Quadrant 4.

For a random survey of where Cobham has been musically in past years, while listening to particularly striking example of his style, see this video. For an interview with the Opera House’s staff writer Geoff Gehman posted just this week, click here.

All seats are excellent at the Opera House. A chance to experience a truly legendary musician and his band don’t come around very often, and the Mauch Chunk Opera House is no ordinary place to experience it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the chance to see one of the finest performing bands anywhere, but in a far more intimate space than what you’re used to.

Call 570-325-0249 for tickets or reserve your seats online.

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It’s special to when you get to have a musician like Billy Cobham in town. It’s a truly cultural event, his band is from England, France, Italy and Brazil – and Cobham has himself lived in Switzerland for 20 years now.

( Reserve seats for this Opera House show here or by calling the Opera House box office at (570) 325-0249. )

Billy Cobham at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

The main thing though, is that a group like this shows an audience what it’s like to experience a great night at the Opera House. And this band is truly great, led by one of the most iconic and influential musicians in jazz-rock history.

If you’re not familiar with Billy Cobham, and what a tidal wave of a show he delivers, here’s some more info.

Billy Cobham at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseTwo extra treats! Mr. Cobham will be visiting SoundCheck Records downtown at 5 PM, so be sure to bring any vinyl you might have!

The other thing is that The Allentown/Bethlehem BrewWorks will be offering a complimentary beer-tasting during the show. We’re going to have some fun.

Cobham is only playing 2 dates on the East Coast this year, New York (the Blue Note) and here at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Can’t get much more exclusive than that – don’t miss it!

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The iconic drummer Billy Cobham and his band perform at an exclusive show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House here in Jim Thorpe on Friday, October 8. The Opera House will be one of only two East Coast venues the band will visit in 2010.

Billy Cobham Spectrum Band

I first witnessed the spectacle of Mr. Cobham’s playing in 1973, when I saw him with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the jazz-fusion supergroup also featuring John McGlaughlin (guitars), Jan Hammer (keys), Jerry Goodman (violin) and Rick Laird (bass) in New York’s Central Park.

Mahavishnu Orchestra

I had never seen such instrumental virtuosity and sheer power, and haven’t seen anything to match it since. That concert later became their live album, Between Nothingness and Eternity.

After Mahavishnu, Cobham released the seminal fusion albums Spectrum and Crosswinds along with many others. He performed with groups like Bobby and the Midnights (Bob Weir), Jack Bruce and Friends, Carlos Santana, and jazz greats like Stanley Clarke, McCoy Tyner, George Duke, Larry Coryell, and of course, Miles Davis.

Billy Cobham Band at the Opera House September 2008

Billy Cobham Band at the Opera House September 2008

Cobham visited Jim Thorpe in 2008 with his Spectrum Band, Victor Bailey (bass – Weather Report), Tom Coster (keys – Santana) and Dean Brown (guitars – David Sanborn). We even squeezed in a very cool interview at WRTI in Philadelphia.

That night the Opera House audience spontaneously shouted and whooped in amazement at Cobham and everyone in the band. John Ernesto, director of the Reading Jazz Festival, very aptly described the show as a musical storm surge.

Billy Cobham

So now, Mr. Cobham returns in October with a new band selected from the best talent in England, France and Brazil – jazz, fusion, and world music rolled into one.

Accompanied by Jean-Marie Ecay – guitar, Fifi Chayeb – bass, Junior Gill – steel pan, Christophe Cravero – keyboard/violin, Camelia Ben Naceur – keyboards, Cobham will be performing favorites like Stratus and Crosswinds along with selections from his new album, Palindrome.

Cobham will appear at SoundCheck Records at 5 Broadway (across from the Inn at Jim Thorpe) at 5 PM before the show. Showtime is 8:30.

In addition, The Bethlehem BrewWorks will provide a complimentary beer tasting. They’ve won many awards for their outstanding brew, and we’ll provide more info soon on what they’ll be bringing!

All seats are excellent at the Opera House. A chance to experience a truly legendary musician and his band don’t come around very often, and the Mauch Chunk Opera House is no ordinary place to experience it.

Call 570-325-0249 for tickets or reserve your seats online.

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