This month, Eric Krasno will host a three-night residency at New York City’s iconic Blue Note Jazz Club from March 19th through 21st, with two performances each night (one at 8 p.m. and one at 10:30 p.m.). Under the banner Eric Krasno & Friends, the beloved Soulive and Lettuce guitarist has tapped a number of other high-profile special guest musicians to join him for these performances, including Cory Henry, Robert Randolph, and more.
But even before he starts adding guests, Krasno will be hitting the stage with a familiar group of talented collaborators: his long-dormant former band, Chapter 2, comprised of Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on the keys as well drummer Louis Cato (Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), and bassist Chris Loftlin (Brian McKnight).
The last time Krasno reconvened Chapter 2 as the house band for an Eric Krasno & Friends performance came during the 2017 edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive, where Kraz, Hall, Cato, and Loftlin welcomed a slew of guests including John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, Jon Cleary, Wil Blades, and an all-star horn section featuring Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, and more for one of the most memorable sets of the weekend.
As Krasno explains to Live For Live Music, “Chapter 2 encompasses a cross-section that meets somewhere between funk, fusion and a little rock & roll. Our repertoire traverses between our own originals [from Eric Krasno & Nigel Hall’s solo albums] to covers by our heroes from the 60s and 70s. This playlist gives you a taste of what we’re all about.”
Give a listen to Eric Krasno’s funky Chapter 2 Vibes playlist below:
Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 Vibes Playlist:
[Playlist via Eric Krasno]
Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 Vibes Tracklist:
01: “Palm Grease” – Herbie Hancock
02: “Soul Serenade” – King Curtis
03: “Boozer” – John Scofield
04: “You Know What I Mean” – Jeff Beck
05: Billy Cobham – “Stratus”
06: “76” – Eric Krasno
07: “Hang Up Your Hangups” – Herbie Hancock
08: “People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul” – James Brown, Fred Wesley, The J.B.’s
09: “Lay Away” – Nigel Hall
10: “The Aura” – George Duke
11: “Jezebel” – Eric Krasno
12: “Led Boots” – Jeff Beck
13: “Since You Been Gone” – James Brown, Bobby Byrd
14: “Be Alright” – Eric Krasno
15: “Red Baron” – Billy Cobham
16: “Ain’t It Funky Now” – Grant Green, James Brown
17: “Povo” – Freddi Hubbard
18: “On Broadway (Edit)” – George Benson
Tickets for all six upcoming Eric Krasno & Friends performances at the Blue Note can be found here.
Shows will take place at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on March 19th, 20th, and 21st.