Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson



Mary Halvorson is an avant-garde jazz guitarist from Brookline, Massachusetts.

She is a 2002 graduate of Wesleyan University. She has performed with Anthony Braxton, Jessica Pavone, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant, Marc Ribot[1], Susan Alcorn[2] and Weasel Walter[3]. As of 2008, she leads a trio including John Hebert and Ches Smith.[4][5] She is also associated with violist Jessica Pavone, with whom she has recorded as a duo.

Troy Collins of All About Jazz calls Halvorson "[a] singular talent...Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser...light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here."[6][7] Jon Garelick of The Phoenix writes, "It's that search for her own thing that's made of the most celebrated young guitarists in jazz, someone who has a unique sound both as a player and a composer."[8]



Camino Cielo Echo
Camino Cielo Echo is the second album by American jazz drummer Tom Rainey, which was recorded in 2011 and released on the Swiss Intakt label.
Bending Bridges
Bending Bridges is a studio album by jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson, the second with her working quintet, composed of saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith.
Calling All Portraits
Calling All Portraits is an album by musical artist Mary Halvorson, released on September 16, 2008.
Departure of Reason
Departure of Reason is an album by musical artist Mary Halvorson, released on November 15, 2011.

Photos - Mary Halvorson17

Popular Albums11

Album Appearances & References13

Song Appearances & References1

Musical Groups1

Collaborators & Influencers9

Music-Related Relationships2


Spotify - Albums & Singles13


Spotify - Appears On11


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles8

Mary Halvorson’s band keeps getting bigger—and better
  –  September 1, 2017
Halvorson has also been a key member of several Chicago-­oriented combos, including Tomeka Reid's current quartet and Mike Reed's Living by Lanterns, a Sun Ra-­inspired project that united diverse factions of the New York and Chicago jazz communities.
Chicago celebrates George Freeman's 90th at Jazz Fest
  –  September 1, 2017
Roosevelt University Jazz Ensemble plays “A Love Supreme,” 3:50 p.m., Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace. Mary Halvorson Octet, 3:30 p.m., Von Freeman Pavilion. Dr. Michael White Quartet, 5 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion. “Ellabration! 100 Years of Ella ...
Ars Nova Workshop in September
  –  September 1, 2017
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the return of the Tom Rainey Trio, led by the in-demand drummer and featuring two of the leading voices in modern jazz, guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock. Originally from California ...
Kirk Knuffke’s Time: The Story of Some of the Year’s Best Jazz
  –  August 30, 2017
Jazz musicians still in their thirties and unbound by bebop ancestor worship, like the cornetist Kirk Knuffke and his loose circle of current and former Brooklynites (Mary Halvorson is the only one you’ve heard much about so far), don’t speak of ...
What’s In A Name: Cuneiform
  –  August 30, 2017
Tend toward, hell; they are adventurous. Among those who have recorded for the label are trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, pianist Vijay Iyer, guitarist Mary Halvorson and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quartet. Here is “Crops” from a Cuneiform album by the ...
Uncertainty Music Series Saying Farewell In Firehouse 12 Concerts
  –  August 29, 2017
The online archive of past performances reads like a who's who of forward-thinking musicians and contemporary improvisers: Rick Parker and Li Daiguo, Susana Santos Silva, Tomeka Reid, Jen Shyu, Chris Corsano, Paula Matthusen, Mary Halvorson and many others ...
Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week
  –  August 25, 2017
MARY HALVORSON AND AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE at National Sawdust (Aug. 30, 7 p.m.). Here are two young musicians with vastly different approaches to contemporary jazz, but with something in common, too. Ms. Halvorson, a guitarist, uses bent notes and small ...
Jazz Notes: Guitarist Mary Halvorson Is the Avant-Leaning Artist for the New Generation
  –  July 7, 2017
Mary Halvorson has been heralded as the next “new” guitarist who has been captivating listeners for the last decade, whether it’s sitting in (i.e., joining Marc Ribot’s band the Young Philadelphians) or recording albums ranging from solo to last ...
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