If not for hearing Barney Kessel, Abercrombie might have simply followed in the footsteps of countless other red-blooded American kids who first fell in love with the inimitable riffs of Chuck Berry. Instead, he found himself enrolling at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, catching sets by John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk and shortly thereafter finding himself an in-demand session guitarist in New York City. It would almost be easier to list fusion and post-bop scenes of which Abercrombie wasn’t a part than to try to cover all the territory that he stepped into with his guitar – and sometimes even an electric mandolin, as on McCoy Tyner’s 1993 album 4X4.
And now, thankfully, local jazz-lovers will have an opportunity to hear Abercrombie perform with his Trio, which features Bob Meyer on drums and cymbals and Bill Moring on bass. This Friday, October 14, Abercrombie stops in at the Rosendale Café for an 8 p.m. show. On Saturday, October 15, Abercrombie visits the Ritz Theatre in Newburgh, also at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Rosendale Café show are $15; for more information, visit www.rosendalecafe.com. Tickets for the Ritz Theatre show are $25; for more information, visit www.ritztheaternewburgh.org and www.ticketweb.com.