After a series of successful U.S. dates last year, YES‘s original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson teamed up again with violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty as the Anderson Ponty Band.
The Canyon Club was the second date of their Spring tour in support of their critically acclaimed CD/DVD release “Better Late Than Never” – the music created over the years by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty with new arrangements and virtuoso performances.
The show tonight was fantastic. There was a 15 minute intermission after about an hour of performance from the band, followed by almost 2 more hours of music. Jon Anderson is a great storyteller and carries a very positive message. From the classic Yes tune re-imagined for violin to Ponty’s complex compositions, along with the interplay between the band, this show will be hard to beat for people who appreciate good music that ranges from classical to jazz to prog rock.
The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars (Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White); Wally Minko on keyboards (Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow); Keith Jones on bass (Airto, Santana, Kenny Loggins and Jean Luc Ponty), and Rayford Griffin on drums + percussion (Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson.)
One in the Rhythm of Hope A for Aria Owner of a Lonely Heart Listening With Me Time and a Word One Love Infinite Mirage Soul Eternal Jig New New World Set 2 New Country Under Heaven's Door Wonderous Stories Long Distance Runaround Renaissance of the Su State of Independence Enigmatic Ocean Drum Solo And You and I Bass Solo Roundabout Encore: Remembering / Yours is No Disgrace Soon
APB Tour Dates:
May 01 – The Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
May 04 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
May 06 – Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX
May 07 – One World Theatre – Austin, TX
May 10 – Ames Center – Burnsville, MN
May 11 – The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
May 13 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
May 14 – Barrymore Theatre – Madison, WI
May 17 – Riviera Theatre – N. Tonawanda, NY
May 18 – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY
May 20 – Cabot Performing Arts Center – Beverly, MA
May 21 – Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA
May 23 – The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
May 25 – The Egg – Hart Theatre – Albany, NY
May 26 – St. Denis Theatre – Montreal, Canada
May 27 – Palais Montcalm – Quebec, Canada
Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together over 30 years ago and “Better Late Than Never” showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” and “Roundabout”. The album also includes some of Jean Luc Ponty’s beloved compositions with Jon’s lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music, along with creating a very unique sound for new songs.
“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean Luc’s music…… to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels…. we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure…. music is all that is.” – Jon Anderson
“Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before. I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations. It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past — they really put their heart in this project and with Jon’s creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago.” – Jean Luc Ponty
Jon Anderson official website: http://www.jonanderson.com
Jean Luc Ponty official website: http://www.ponty.com
Watch the forthcoming Anderson Ponty Band special on PBS. Check your local listings for dates and times.