Van Morrison | SFJAZZ
A six-time GRAMMY winner and 1993 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Van Morrison is the definition of a living musical legend – a master storyteller and a mystical, enigmatic figure steeped in spiritualism and folklore. First coming to prominence in the mid-60s as front man of the Irish R&B band Them, who scored an international hit with the anthemic single “Gloria,” Morrison’s career as a solo artist began auspiciously with the release of the smash “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. The song is still Morrison’s calling card and even forty years after its release remained the 4th most requested song on American radio, paving the way for the 1968 masterpiece Astral Weeks and it’s blockbuster 1970 follow-up Moondance. Astral Weeks and Moondance have since been ranked as #17 and #65 respectively on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and have cemented Morrison’s standing as an icon. The ensuing years have witnessed an endlessly creative and prolific artist working at the top of his game, recording nearly 40 studio and live albums of staggering range, from his signature blue eyed “Celtic soul” and the jazz vocal songbook of Mose Allison to an embrace of country music, Delta blues with John Lee Hooker, and Irish folk in collaboration with the Chieftains. His unforgettable songs have become part of the cultural fabric, including “Domino,” “Moondance,” “Wild Night,” “Tupelo Honey,” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.” A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and recently knighted by HRH Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to music, Morrison makes two appearances in the intimate environs of Miner Auditorium.
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Van Morrison vocals, guitar, saxophone
David Keary guitar
Paul Moran keyboards
Paul Moore bass
Robbie Ruggiero drums