John Pizzarelli Quartet Returns to the Dakota, April 9

John Pizzarelli © Andrea Canter
John has collaborated with such pop icons as James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Tom Wopat, Rickie Lee Jones and Dave Von Ronk, as well as jazz giants Rosemary Clooney, Ruby Braff, Johnny Frigo, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Allen and of course Bucky Pizzarelli.  
The Dakota Jazz Club is located at 1010 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis; two shows at 6 and 8 pm, reservations strongly recommended at 612-332-5299 or www.dakotacooks.com. John Pizzarelli Quartet © Andrea Canter
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“Hip with a wink” — Town & Country
 
John Pizzarelli, already familiar to Twin Cities audiences from a series of performances at the Dakota, headlined the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival and further expanded the local fan base. The John Pizzarelli Quartet was an obvious crowd-pleaser at the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, closing down the fest in Mears Park with a set that kept the audience clapping for a good 90 minutes. His most recent release, Midnight McCartney (2015), pays homage to the post-Beatles compositions of Paul McCartney. His television credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live With Regis & Kelly, The Tony Danza Show, The CBS Early Show, Fox News Channel and Jerry Lewis’s Labor Day Telethon. A fine vocalist as well as guitarist, John and his ensembles have often been compared to the great groups of Nat King Cole. Picking up the guitar himself at age six, John’s early influences were the greatest artists of the time, including Erroll Garner, Django Reinhardt and Les Paul. And his first partner as a professional? The quartet included pianist Konrad Paszkudzki, bassist (brother) Martin Pizzarelli and drummer Kevin Kanner. The singing guitarist returns to the Dakota with his touring quartet on Sunday, April 9, with two shows at 6 and 8 pm. John Pizzarelli © Andrea Canter
Born in New Jersey, young John Pizzarelli was surrounded by the jazz greats who played with his father, famed guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. It can be hard to project similar energy on an audio recording, but time and time again, John Pizzarelli has proven that he can do just that. He’s been a prolific recording artist, with 20+ recordings including the Grammy-nominated collection of Richard Rogers tunes, With a Song in My Heart (2008). Also a popular radio personality, John co-hosts the weekly “Radio Deluxe” alongside wife/vocalist Jessica Molaskey. He appeared in the 1997 Broadway revue of Johnny Mercer tunes, Dream, and has gained a reputation as one of the great modern interpreters of the kings of American song, Cole and Sinatra. Of course such proof will not be needed on Sunday, April 9, when you can hear the John Pizzarelli Quartet live at the Dakota. His joy is as infectious as his swinging time is therapeutic. And as observed in his live performance, John’s exhuberant interaction with his audience extends beyond song to what could readily become a stand-up comedy routine fit for a club on the Las Vegas strip. Bucky Pizzarelli.

Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room, April 11

For this performance in suburban Minneapolis, he will be joined by two young New York talents, George deLancey on bass and Jason Tiemann on drums. In turn, through Anderson he connected with drummer Jeff Hamilton, playing his band and appearing on Hamilton’s recordings for about six years; and through Hamilton he met Ray Brown, who hired him for his trio in 2000. — Ray Brown
 
Larry Fuller © Andrea Canter
The last pianist with the Ray Brown Trio, one-time support system for the late vocalist Ernestine Anderson, a long-time collaborator with John Pizzarelli, and now leading his own acclaimed trio, Larry Fuller makes his Twin Cities debut in a leading role in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge on Tuesday, April 11 (7 pm). — Stephen Holden, The New York Times
He brings a vitality—he swings hard and I like that! He is also the director of the Midwestern arts initiative   Appalachian Muse. The Twin Cities contingent at the 2016 Iowa City Jazz Festival was impressed by Larry Fuller, one of the festival’s headliners. His credentials include performing with Benny Golson, David Liebman, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Slide Hampton and countless others on the New York scene. Larry Fuller © Andrea Canter
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“In his amazing gossamer piano solos, he sprinkles stardust on whatever song he plays;   you hold your breath in wonder. He was particularly impressed by Oscar Peterson and Count Basie, and soon was participating in an “all city” jazz ensemble led by a local saxophonist and playing some paying gigs around the city. Larry Fuller © Andrea Canter
Over his career, Larry has also performed with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Stanley Turrentine, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Marlena Shaw, Kevin Mahogany, John Clayton, John Heard, Bennie Golson, Emily Remler, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Harris, Anita O’Day, Steve Allen, Regina Carter, Nicholas Payton, and John Legend. He has worked with notable bandleaders Johnny O’Neal, Wessell Anderson, Willie Jones III, Winard Harper, Christian Howes, Houston Person, Tia Fuller, and Bria Skonberg, and is an active educator with programs including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s   Jazz for Young People,   Christian Howes’   Creative Strings Workshop,   and Keith Hall’s Summer Drum Intensive. Also an active educator, Jason taught drums and percussion at the University of Louisville for 12 years, and has served as artist/clinician for the Jamey Abersold Summer Jazz Workshops since 1998. There’s plenty to marvel at.”
George deLancey
For his Minnesota appearance, Larry will bring in two talented New York artists: George deLancey (bass) is also an Ohio native (Cambridge) where he participated in the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra before moving on to Michigan State University and studies with Rodney Whitaker. Larry’s ” effortless command of swing and stride piano stylings” (Audiophile Audition) have earned him a wide following from coast to coast. Jason Tiemann (drums) cites Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins as primary influences. After Brown’s death, Larry began an 8-year association with John Pizzarelli, touring internationally with the quartet and performing on several recordings including Pizzarelli’s Double Exposure and Rockin’ in Rhythm. Of the latter, The International Review of Music noted that Fuller’s “brilliant work throughout – especially the buoyant stride solo – nearly steals the record”. Tickets ($25, $50 for dinner show) are available at www.croonersloungemn.com A native of Toledo, OH, Larry Fuller began piano studies at age 11, and first heard jazz listening to records at the Toledo Public Library. Later, in his early 20s, playing on the Midwest jazz circuit, he met Ernestine Anderson in Ann Arbor and started touring with her (1988-93).  
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge is located at 6161 NE Highway 65 (Central Av NE) in Fridley, just north of I-694 and about 15 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis. Hearing him on the venue’s 9-foot Steinway D should be an unforgettable experience. After leaving Pizzarelli, he began touring and recording with his own trio, releasing his self-titled album in 2014, prompting All About Jazz to note that “chops, class, and in-the-pocket ensemble playing are all on full display. Those who were there–and the many here who heard Larry several times with John Pizzarelli and Ray Brown– know that we’re in for a swinging good time when Larry and his trio arrive on the Dunsmore Room stage.

Davu Seru’s No Territory Band at Reverie, April 13

He is the inaugural Artist in Residence at Studio Z in St. Special guest artist from France, Stephane Cattaneo, will provide live painting in response to the music. A graduate of Indiana University (BM), the New England Conservatory of Music (MM), and University of California San Diego (DM), Pat has performed and recorded with noted new music groups around the country, including SONOR in San Diego, the California E.A.R. Paul Cultural STAR, The Cedar Cultural Center, MN State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The Southern Theater, and the National Performing Arts Convention. Scott Fultz © Andrea Canter
Scott Fultz (bari sax) has performed throughout the Twin Cities for 30 years, since starting out on guitar and saxophone with the soca band Shangoya. Over his career, he has performed with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Carei Thomas and Douglas Ewart, as well as with current stars Chris Potter, Tony Malaby, Liberty Ellman, Elliot Humberto Kavee and Federico Ughi. He was one of three finalists in the 2011 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition; a year later he was runner-up in the jazz division of the National Trumpet Competition. Currently Pat also performs with the free improv group AntiGravity and with Brazilian ensembles Brasamba, Batucada do Norte and Music Mundial in the Twin Cities; his resume includes concert appearances with George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Firth and more, as well as studies of Turkish and Brazilian music. Jake Baldwin © Andrea Canter
A 2009 graduate of Minnetonka High School and alum of the second and third editions of the Dakota Combo (2007-09), trumpeter   Jake Baldwin   studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, John McNeil, Joe Morris and Fred Hersch at the New England Conservatory. Davu Seru © Andrea Canter
Recently highlighted in the Star Tribune, Twin Cities native Davu Seru is respected internationally for his free jazz drumming as well as his performances in   jazz, rock and avant-garde improvised music. Paul. A graduate of Newberry College and the University of South Carolina, Hanson worked on the East Coast for many years before returning to his hometown of Minneapolis. Multi-reed artist   Pat O’Keefe   is Co-Artistic Director for the contemporary music ensemble Zeitgeist, based in St. Thursday Night schedule at www.thursdaynightjaszzatreverie.info
  A graduate of Minneapolis Southwest High School who participated for two years with the Dakota Combo, Levi has led his own ensembles at Jazz Central, Black Dog and Khyber Pass Cafe as well as performing with Adam Linz’s Le Percheron, Will Kjeer, Steve Kenny, the Charlie Lincoln Group, Sound Skirmish, and more. No Territory Band © Andrea Canter
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“The squawks, silences and knotty time signatures usually associated with art-house music get a big boost from the staccato funk of hip-hop and the circular rhythms of Ghana, all underpinned by the blues.”   — Britt Robson, Star Tribune
Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie on April 13 (9 pm) features a crowd favorite, the No Territory Band, lead by drummer Davu Seru and featuring Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Pat O’Keefe (clarinets), Nathan Hanson and Scott Fultz (saxophones), and Levi Schwartzberg (vibes). Awards include grants and commissions from New Music USA, The American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, City of St.  
Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie is curated by Steve Kenny and takes place at Reverie Bar art 1931 Nicollet Av South in Minneapolis. After graduating from NEC in 2013, Jake moved back to the Twin Cities, where he has played in a number of bands including the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Thomas Nordlund Group, Endeavors, Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band, Ramtrack, McNasty Brass Band, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, and Har Mar Superstar, in addition to the No Territory Band. A member of the Fantastic Merlins, Nathan has maintained a longstanding duo with bassist Doan Brian Roessler and has collaborated with local luminaries George Cartwright, Viv Corringham,   and Pat Moriarty. Otis Powell‽, Dean Magraw (monthly duo at the Black Dog), and more; curates a monthly show at Khyber Pass Cafe; and is a member of the composer-improviser collective orchestra, Cherry Spoon Collective. He’s worked across genres from jazz and avant garde to Latin and blues, with Anthony Cox, Dave King, Bill Carrothers, Bruce Henry, Billy McLaughlin, Dean Granros, Phil Hey, Zacc Harris, Patrick Harison and more, including bands Monk in Motian and Skeleton Crew. Primarily self-taught, his percussion style is notable for its attention to sound, silence and melodic line as much as rhythmic pattern. Davu has worked with such inventive musicians as Charles Gillett, Elliot Fine, Paul Metzger, Anthony Cox, Dean Granros, Dean Magraw, Wendy Ultan, Adam Linz, Evan Parker, George Cartwright, James Buckley, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Nicole Mitchell. He has received awards from the American Composers Forum (Minnesota Emerging Composer Award) and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and commissions from the Zeitgeist Ensemble and Walker Art Center. Paul. Nathan Hanson and Pat O’Keefe © Andrea Canter
Composer/performer   Nathan Hanson   (tenor and soprano saxophones) has been described as “unexpectedly tasteful and dignified” by ImproJazz-France. About two years ago, Jake released his first album as leader,   Ra Ra Ru. Davu earned a Bachelor’s degree in African-American Literature and a Master’s in English from the University of Minnesota, where he is now a professor of African-American Literature and Culture. In addition to leading No Territory Band, he currently plays with Merciless Ghost, Milo Fine, J. Levi Schwartzberg © Andrea Canter
Levi Schwartzberg is only a junior at the U of M, but he’s been perfecting his four-mallet technique on vibes since high school days. No cover but tips ($10 suggested) are appreciated to support the musicians and the weekly jazz series. He is also an accomplished pianist, currently performing on both instruments in the U of M Jazz Combo. Unit, the Cleveland New Music Associates, and Ensemble Sospeso in New York; he was the principal clarinetist for five seasons with the Augusta (GA) Symphony.

Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog Presents a “Monsterful” Double Bill

Scott is currently active as a clinician on low brass techniques and improvisation, serving as Assistant Director of Ensembles at the McNally Smith College of Music. He previously served as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University in the Jazz Studies department under the direction of the late Dr. He toured internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra before moving to the Twin Cities in 1988. Pete’s credits on tenor, alto, soprano and flute include performing with Randy Brecker, Jack McDuff, the Woody Herman Orchestra,, Michael Feinstein, Debbie Boone, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Dennerlein, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Dave Stryker, Curtis Fuller and Andres Prado. He has also produced a Minnesota Music Award-winning CD for Alicia Wiley, receiving a Best of the Twin Cities Award as a founding member of Moveable Feast, and a Minnesota Music Award nomination for Bass Player of the Year. He also performed with the Larry Elgart Big Band and wrote for and performed with the fusion band, Scratch n’ Sniff. Markworth   is a graduate of Indiana University, Augsburg College, and McNally Smith College of Music, currently teaching Jazz History at Augsburg. About two years ago, he opened an evening at the Black Dog with the debut of Ramtrack, a trio with guitarist Nordlund and trumpeter Jake Baldwin. Since earning a master’s degree in jazz studies/performance from the University of North Texas, he’s taught guitar, jazz history and improvisation as well as directing jazz ensembles at UW-Stevens Point (where he earned his undergraduate degree), Wausau Conservatory of Music, UW-Marathon County, and Inver Hills Community College.  
Monsterful Wonderband (8:30 pm)
Drummer Peter Kogan leads the headline set with his Monsterful Wonderband septet. No cover but tips ($10 suggested) are appreciated to support the series and musicians. Paul, he also teaches guitar lessons and jazz combos at the MacPhail Center for Music and summer programs at the Shell Lake (WI) Arts Center; he also serves on the Board of the Minnesota Guitar Society. Chris a founding member of the trio Framework, and has been heard recently in duo with pianist/vocalist Laura Caviani. Lars maybe best known as the leader of   Mancrush, with Bryan Nichols, Brandon Wozniak, and Zacc Harris. He has performed with world-renowned jazz artists Captain Jack McDuff, Craig Taborn, James Carter, Nachito Herrera, Eric Kamau Gravatt, Rodney Jones, Dave King, Brian Lynch, Wessel Anderson, Peruvian guitar master Andrés Prado, and James Moody. His cohorts include Scott Agster (trombone), Pete Whitman (saxophones), Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Chris Olson (guitar), Sean Turner (piano), and Jeff Bailey (bass), playing a repertoire of standards and original compositions. Peter’s background includes college studies at Julliard and the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a career largely spent in classical orchestras. After completing his degree in 2012, he moved to the Twin Cities where he has played with many local bands, including the No Coast Quintet, Zacc Harris Trio, the Thomas Nordlund Group, Bryan Nichols Trio and more. Chris has performed with Bob Mintzer, Louis Bellson, Terry Gibbs, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Vinton, and has appeared frequently with the JazzMN Orchestra and at the Black Dog, heading his monthly “Chris Olson Project. Aaron has released two recordings to date:   A Symphonic Jazz Hip Hop Experience   was the tantalizing title of his debut recording with his Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra, released in 2010, bringing together a long list of young area musicians.  
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog is now in its third season of weekly jazz double-headers, curated by Steve Kenny. Sean heads the Keyboard Department at McNally Smith College of Music and serves as Coordinator of Contemporary Worship and Music at Incarnation Lutheran Church. He was one of three finalists in the 2011 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition; a year later he was runner-up in the jazz division of the National Trumpet Competition. His eclectic chops have been featured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and locally with Snowblind, Salsa del Soul, Jack Brass Band, hip hop group G8, and the Bella Gala Big Band; with Doug Haining he co-leads the Explosion Big Band that performs monthly at Jazz Central Studios. He performed at the 2017 Winter Jazz Festival (St Paul) and has led his trio and quintet at Reverie, Jazz Central and the Black Dog. The Black Dog is located in the Northern Warehouse at 308 E. Aaron went on to attend the jazz program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, performing in the pop/rock band Underdub and with the John Raymond Project. Saturday night calendar at www.saturdaynightjazzattheblackdog.info Jake Baldwin © Andrea Canter
A 2009 graduate of Minnetonka High School and alum of the second and third editions of the Dakota Combo (2007-09), trumpeter   Jake Baldwin   studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, John McNeil, Joe Morris and Fred Hersch at the New England Conservatory. Currently on the guitar faculty at McNally/Smith College in St. Lars-Erik Larson © Andrea Canter
Lars-Erik Larson   is a drummer and composer based in St. He has also written and produced three recordings, one of which earned a Parents’ Choice Award for children’s music, and has authored two instructional texts. Pete Whitman © Andrea Canter
After launching his career in Kansas City, saxophonist Pete Whitman moved on to jazz studies at North Texas State University. In addition to leading his X-Tet and smaller ensembles in the Twin Cities, Pete works regularly with the Jazz MN Orchestra Laura and Mississippi. Baker.   He also performed as a freelancer in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area before returning to the Twin Cities in 2015. Kameron Markworth © Andrea Canter
Bassist, composer, and teaching artist   Kameron L. He’s appeared at the Black Dog with Paul Harper’s Bardo Quartet and Steve Kenny’s Central Standard Time, and at Reverie with the Lars-Erik Larson Trio. An eclectic talent, Jeff has also toured and performed with Keri Noble, Joey McIntyre (NKOTB), Tommy Barbarella (Prince), Charles Lazarus (Minnesota Orchestra), Reverend Billy Steele, Jennifer Kimball, Heather Headley, and Charley Drayton. A veteran of international jazz festivals, Scott has performed with Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Dave Douglas and more. Mancrush released its first album this spring,   Authentic Midwestern, boasting Larson’s penchant for melding the influences of folk music and modern minimalism with 21st century jazz improvisation. Peter Kogan © Andrea Canter
From the Minnesota Orchestra percussion section to jazz venues throughout the Twin Cities, timpanist/drummer   Peter Kogan   has emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the local jazz scene. He has performed at top-tier music venues and festivals nationwide including the Dakota Jazz Club, Snug Harbor, Scat Jazz Lounge, Next Generation Jazz Festival, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festivals. David N. However, he also backed Blues legends Lightnin’ Hopkins, Honey-Boy Edwards, and Jimmy Witherspoon, and Rock & Roll legend Bo Diddley, as well as such groups as the Drifters and the Crystals. Locally, Jeff has performed with Doug Little, Mississippi, Bobb Fantauzzo’s Weaving of Traditions, and Jeremy Walker’s Atrium Jazz Ensemble since its first season. Paul’s McNally Smith College of Music, teaching saxophone, improvisation, and arranging, and leading the McNally Smith X-Tet. The Aaron Hedenstrom Trio leads off the night at 7 pm, followed in “prime time” by the star-bright septet, Peter Kogan’s Monsterful Wonderband.   After graduation, Aaron enrolled in the master’s degree and then the doctoral programs at the University of North Texas, serving as a Teaching Fellow, performing in the famed One O’Clock Lab Band, and accumulating a long list of Downbeat Student Awards. Peter’s Monsterful Wonderband performed   at the 2017 Winter Jazz Festival in St. After graduating from NEC in 2013, Jake moved back to the Twin Cities, where he has played in a number of bands including the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Thomas Nordlund Group, Endeavors, Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band, Ramtrack, McNasty Brass Band, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, No Territory Band, and Har Mar Superstar. After retiring as principal timpanist from the MO, Kogan has led several jazz ensembles, including his quartet and his septet, Monsterful Wonderband. Monsterful Wonderband at the 2017 Winter Jazz Festival © Andrea Canter
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There may or may not be any chocolate eggs rolling around the Black Dog in St Paul’s Lowertown this weekend, but the double header of music on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series should satisfy any cravings for modern, accessible jazz performed by established veterans and younger veterans. Chris Olson © Andrea Canter
Guitarist Chris Olson   is a dedicated jazz educator as well as performer. A dedicated educator, Whitman heads the Woodwind and Brass Department at St. As a performer, Kameron has supported artists in diverse genres across North America and has appeared on stage alongside John Swana, Jamey Aebersold, Steve Houghton, Corey Christiansen, Pat Harbison, Mike Hackett, and Luke Gillespie.  
Aaron Hedenstrom © Andrea Canter
Aaron Hedenstrom Trio (7:00 pm)
Born in Lesotho (Africa) and raised in the Twin Cities, saxophonist   Aaron Hedenstrom   cut his teeth in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth and Minnesota Youth Jazz Band. Sean Turner © Andrea Canter
Pianist   Sean Turner   is also a composer, vocalist, and educator. Paul. Scott Agster © Andrea Canter
Once a student of Tiny Baker, trombonist Scott Agster is an alum of the famed University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band who furthered his studies at the U of M, where he recently completed his DMA degree. His compositions and orchestrations have been utilized by Sony, Oprah, E! Jeff Bailey © Andrea Canter
Jeff Bailey   (bass) has performed in a wide variety of musical settings as a musician, composer, and producer. Scott was also a founding member and arranger for the Vector Trombone Quartet, which was a finalist in the International Trombone Association Quartet Competition in Helsinki, Finland in 2003. Supported through a successful Kickstarter campaign, he released   A Moment of Clarity on   Shifting Paradigm Records in 2014. Larson earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), where he studied with renowned drummer Dana Hall. Currently he teaches at McNally Smith College of Music where he heads the Bass Department. About two years ago, Jake released his first album as leader,   Ra Ra Ru. Paul. On the local jazz scene, Sean has performed with his trio at the Dunsmore Room in Crooners Lounge and has worked with vocalists Bruce Henry, Ginger Commodore, Patty Peterson, and Jana Nyberg. Prince Street (St Paul). Entertainment, MTV, Lifetime Network, Discovery Channel, The CW Network, Target, and   Success Magazine, among many others.

Eric Kamau Gravatt and Source Code –Jazz at Studio Z, April 15

His resume’ includes performing with Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Lyle, Arthur Prysock, Karrin Allyson and Roy Haynes.  
Studio Z is located at 275 E.   “I had kids, and Corrections were the only thing being offered that paid that good, and they had (benefits) you couldn’t get in jazz,” Gravatt told the St. 4th Street in St Paul’s Lowertown Arts District. Only after retiring from Lino Lakes did Gravatt return to his calling, touring again with McCoy Tyner, performing with his band, Source Code, and engaging in some more experimental improvisations with metro area musicians including Adam Linz, Brandon Wozniak, and, recently, Dean Magraw, with whom he released Fire on the Nile. Dean got his first saxophone at age 9 and initially taught himself to play by imitating the artists he heard on the radio. Eric Kamau Gravatt © Andrea Canter
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Former Weather Report drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt was already a legend in the 70s, and has enjoyed a resurgence of his career over the past 15 years, particularly as leader of Source Code. Later serving in the Army, Dean played in a military band where he eventually met another future Minnesota jazzman, Irv Williams. Paul Pioneer Press. He currently performs in duos with pianists Steven Hobert and Butch Thompson. In junior high, he collaborated with friends to form a jazz band, and the 8th graders won a city high school band competition. Dean leads the acclaimed trio Red Planet, and has collaborated with many local artists at the Artists Quarter, Black Dog, Studio Z, Vieux Carré, Jazz Central and more, including Brandon Wozniak, Bryan Nichols, Billy Peterson, Peter Schimke, Kenny Horst, Butch Thompson, Steven Hobert and Eric Gravatt. He’s released a series of recordings spanning his musical universe, including a duo with tabla master Marcus Wise, How the Light Gets In and the new Red Planet With Bill Carrothers (to be officially released next week). Currently, Solomon teaches in the St. Dean Magraw © Andrea Canter
Dean Magraw is one of the Twin Cities’ most eclectic musicians, with a thirty-year career spanning genres and cultures, from blues to classical to folk and jazz, from Japanese and Indian to Celtic and middle American. Dean relocated to the Twin Cities in 1962. Tickets $10 in advance at www.studiozstpaul.com   or $15 at the door. He recently performed with the young lions of Rodney Ruckus’s ensemble, The Ruckus. He also played “King Curtis in the national touring production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. After first playing with Eric Gravatt as a sub in Source Code, Dean has become a regular member of the band, and also plays in a duo with Gravatt, which led to the release of their Fire on the Nile in 2014. Miles Davis invited him to join his band, but Gravatt turned down the Prince of Darkness to follow Wayne Shorter into Weather Report, with whom he toured and recorded. Demands of family and a desire for financial stability took Gravatt out of fulltime music and into fulltime work as a guard at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes. But Gravatt’s sound was not exactly what WR founder Joe Zawinul had in mind, and after a while Gravatt was replaced in favor of a more “bottom heavy” drummer. He’s also performed with Delfeayo Marsalis’ Jazz for Kids, ” Jazz and Jasmine Meets the Jazz Band,” Wess Anderson, and at   the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Artists Quarter, Dakota, Bedlam and Jazz Central. A pre-concert podcast recording session takes place at 6 pm. Born Thomas Norwood Brewington in North Carolina, he grew up in New York City (The Bronx) where he heard many of the jazz masters. Dean Brewington © Andrea Canter
Dean Brewington has enjoyed a multi-faceted career not only as a jazz saxophonist but also as a model and actor. Ron Evaniuk © Andrea Canter
Bassist with the Americana Classic Jazz Orchestra (devoted to the big band music of the 20s and 30s), JazzMN Orchestra,   and leader of his own quartet, Ron Evaniuk recorded with Twin Cities trumpet legend Gene Adams and has played with George Avaloz, in addition to his long-standing work with Source Code. Final concert of the series for this season on May 10 featuring the Zacc Harris Group. Eric Kamau Gravatt © Andrea Canter
An alum of the bands of McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Blue Mitchell as well as Weather Report, Eric Kamau Gravatt essentially has had two careers in jazz with a couple decades of separation. Originally a conga player, Gravatt taught percussion and music in Philadelphia and Washington, DC in the 1960s. Like John Coltrane and long-time associate McCoy Tyner, he is a native of Philadelphia. Performing on the Jazz at Studio Z series on April 15 (7 pm), Gravatt’s ensemble includes veterans Dean Brewington on saxophone, Dean Magraw on guitar, and Ron Evaniuk on bass, along with rising star Solomon Parham on trumpet. Source Code (from software lingo for a collection of instructions to generate the programs that run on our computers, PDAs, cell-phones and toasters) tackles the works of such titans as Coltrane and Jackie McLean—and Gravatt’s band has the power to handle the repertoire. He moved on to the fusion band Natural Life (with Bobby Peterson and Bob Rockwell), a move that brought him to the Twin Cities some 30 years ago. He’s performed throughout the Twin Cities, appearing with a long list of musicians including vocalist Lila Ammons, and trio mates Peter Susag and John Penny. Paul Schools and directs jazz ensembles at Walker West Music Academy, as well as leading his own quartet. Solomon Parham © Andrea Canter
Trumpeter and educator Solomon Parham came to the Twin Cities from Detroit where he taught in public school and performed at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. Concert at 7 pm, pre-concert Q & A and podcast recording at 6 pm.

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 14-20

 
Big Gigs This Week
Friday, April 14. We have a holiday weekend as well as festive music throughout the week, including a CD release from Red Planet with Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room, a “monsterful” evening at the Black Dog, two dazzling, internationally acclaimed performers at the Dakota, seriously improvising ensembles on the calendars at Jazz Central, the Black Dog and Icehouse….. If swing and sass is more your thing, Debbie Duncan is in the lounge at Crooners. Lizz Wright, at the Dakota April 20
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Snow, sunshine, wind, rain…Welcome to Minnesota Spring, version 3.0. and more. Read More! The   improvising ensemble Fall of the House of Usher is on stage at Jazz Central, led by Chris Cunningham with a cast of some of our most inventive musicians, including two still in high school (Ivan Cunningham and Riley Swain); keyboard magician John Keston will be the special guest. Dinner at the Icehouse means some jazzy ambience courtesy of Zacc Harris and James Buckley. And there’s a special opening set with oud player Issam Rafea, Chris Cunningham and some of the other Ushers. Minnesota’s “First Lady of Song” never fails to entertain (or hit her notes!).

Fall of the House of Usher at Jazz Central Studios, Friday, April 14

I want to do a John McLaughlin piece that used John Surman on baritone originally, but I want to use four baritones on it because I love dark, threatening, crunchy lower range sounds.”
Even with a fairly fluid line-up that benefits from a wide array of musicians that Cunningham has crossed paths with in the past 15 years, his current group also enables him to work closely with his family, including cellist Michelle Kinney and his saxophone-playing son: “The most important part of FOTHOU is the chance it gives me to play with my son Ivan. That group drew primarily from the pool of players I was working with in the Lounge Lizards and the Jazz Passengers at places like the Knitting Factory.”
Chris Cunningham © Andrea Canter
Despite a fairly saxophone-heavy lineup, the group’s sound tends to favor a surprisingly buoyant groove that finds the horns interjecting knotty lines over an infectious rhythm, rather than opting for a monolithic onslaught of brash reeds.  
Jazz Central Studios is located at 407 Central Av SE in Minneapolis, http://jazzcentralstudios.org. Prior to relocating to the Midwest, the musically restless Cunningham played in a multitude of experimental, no-wave, art-rock and punk jazz bands on the New York City downtown scene for two decades, including working with the likes of John Zorn, the Lounge Lizards, the Contortions and the Golden Palominos. That sort of punk jazz was based on things like playing James Brown riffs incredibly fast with experimental and outside stuff playing over top of it.”
Ivan Cunningham © Andrea Canter
A long-time music teacher, currently a professor in the Sound Arts Department at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Cunningham clearly benefits as much from his work mentoring his students as they surely do from him. FOTHOU has been going for at least four years now, and I’m always on the lookout for incredible horn players and have all sorts of ideas for how to use them. He is 17 and about to turn 18, and just a great inspiration for me. “While lots of the pieces are composed with plenty of double and triple solos, if someone in the band is inspired, they can lift their right hand for the entire band to take it out for as long as they want, but they are also responsible to bring it back to the tune when they feel it has runs its course.”
Cunningham indicated that his current group also draws from several of the concepts of his other New York bands, with the benefit of a few decades of seasoning and perspective to hear it and present it through a new lens: “The other thing I’m really drawing from in FOTHOU was the No-Wave music that I was involved in, especially when I was with the band the Contortions in the early 80s. I also like to experiment with a sort of multi-pulse going on within my music and I try to create layers in the pulse that actually suggest another pulse entirely.”
As a result of Cunningham’s desire to widen the rhythmic possibilities, close listening reveals a an alternate groove bubbling beneath the shifting meters, which is no accident: “I’m interested in the rhythmic equivalent of a moiré pattern, and what can happen if you are placing one of those patterns on top of another to see where they overlap and how that creates new patterns that are a little different.”   The music found on FOTHOU’s two recordings is as varied as Cunningham’s influences, resulting in an appealing brew that suggests hints of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Tony Allen, Hal Russell’s NRG Ensemble and Fela Kuti, and yet, something entirely vibrant that is unique to this aggregation. It is really important to not assume you know more than a younger musician.”
In addition to his work with FOTHOU, Cunningham keeps himself fairly busy composing and envisioning other projects and mentioned he has been experimenting with using different technologies to help create compositional framework for other musicians. “I really like to do film score work and used to do a lot of multi-media type stuff, but the technical aspect of doing all those things live just takes time for setting up and paying attention to the logistics, so it just got to be too much,” Cunningham admits. Jazz Central is a nonprofit venue for education and performance, hosting music at least five nights per week Being in such close proximity to creative young players also enables him to constantly scour the scenes for talent or unique new voices for projects or to expand his current lineup: “The line-up is often determined by the availability of the players, so it can shift from one performance to the next. Music at 8 pm, $10 donation requested. “Really I get so much inspiration from playing with young people. Guitarist/composer Chris Cunningham has been a fixture on the Twin Cities creative music scene since arriving in 2002, having worked in numerous ensembles in a variety of styles running the gamut from electronic music, chamber music, solo guitar work, jazz, improvised music, or presenting multi-media performances for a variety of theatres commissions. I especially enjoy it when in some cases they have no idea of what they are doing with the instrument yet, and you get to witness the discovery as they put it together.” Cunningham’s teaching has also put him in close contact with numerous excellent young musicians, many of whom he has invited to work with his groups.   Cunningham’s primary project for the past few years has been the eleven-piece Fall of the House of Usher (FOTHOU), a band that invites Cunningham to explore new musical avenues while recalling earlier work in the composer’s oeuvre. Other pieces focus on spoken word and poetry, and elsewhere there are snippets of contained noise and more jagged terrain.   At times, the pieces are cinematic and atmospheric, with jittery guitar lines giving way to clouds of shifting reeds. “Lately I’ve been more excited about using technology to create music for live players, such as creating a visual design and transporting that into sounds and arranging it for a specific performer or instrument.”
On Friday night, Cunningham’s Fall of the House of Usher will be playing a full evening of music at Jazz Central, which will also include collaborations with Syrian oud player Issam Rafea and special guest, keyboardist John Keston. “The group has so many fine soloists that I try to make sure everyone has a chance to take solos, so within the eleven pieces on stage, there are always lots of opportunities to split into duos and trios, also to create shifting dynamics and not have everyone going at the same time.”
Chris Cunningham © Andrea Canter
While Cunningham composes the majority of the pieces the band performs live, experience working within strategies for improvisational large ensembles such as Butch Morris’ conductions or John Zorn’s game pieces has influenced the composer’s own methodologies for spontaneous embellishments: “In FOTHOU a lot of what we do is composed, but each night we do one piece called ‘Ushering Time,’ which is completely improvised, often with Adam Svec improvising lyrics, like freestyle rap with more melody and technique,” Cunningham explains. He kicks my butt constantly. “I’m especially moved by Ethiopian music from the 70’s,” Cunningham mentions, “which had a very unique modal style that was very different from Mid African or Eastern African music of that era. Fall of the House of Usher © Andrea Canter
© Jon Morgan
One of the area’s most inventive ensembles, Fall of the House of Usher, under the direction of Chris Cunningham, returns to Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis on Friday, April 14, 8 pm. “The idea for FOTHOU came from listening back to recordings of my band Ecstatomitique,” Cunningham explains, “which was a large group I had in New York City in the 90s that had several horns and used lots of polyrhythmic approaches.

Red Planet With Bill Carrothers: CD Celebrations in the Dunsmore Room , April 18-19

Restaurant in Apple Valley; more recently he toured with Richie Cole and Five by Design. Hopefully this is just the beginning of Red Planet’s wider orbit. These days he tours throughout the U.S. Crooners Lounge is located at 6161 NE Highway 65 (Central Ave NE) in Fridley, just north of I-694 and about 15 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis. and   Europe.  
Red Planet
Red Planet © Andrea Canter
Red Planet –Dean Magraw, Chris Bates, and Jay Epstein–was described by the Artists Quarter as “creative jazz for the 21st Century, inviting you to put one ear on the launching pad of neo-bop Trane/Hendrix/Monk burn, and your other ear on the celestial weightlessness from the musical cosmos.” Searching the jazz galaxy for the past 15+ years, Red Planet, according to leader Dean, was the brainchild of Jay Epstein. Bill’s more recent recordings include a 2010 trio tribute to Clifford Brown (Joy Spring), the solo spontaneous improvisation set, Excelsior, and the 2-volume A Night at the Village Vanguard, his first live recording with his European trio, both released on Pirouet in 2011. Bill’s Birdology recording, 2000’s Duets With Bill (Stewart), was awarded the German Schallplatten Preis. He gained experience playing with visiting artists like James Moody and Billy Higgins, and recorded a well-received CD (A Band in All Hope) in 1986. Most recently, Chris has stepped out as bandleader and composer, heading his Good Vibes Trio (with Dave Hagedorn and Phil Hey), his ensemble   Red 5, and his trio Dimensions and Inventions. Paul, in Crooner’s Lounge with his trio, in the grand opening of the Dunsmore Room with the Dave King Trio, with vocalist/wife Peg Carrothers at Studio Z, and in solo and trio configurations in the Dunsmore Room. Recent exploits have included two solo performances at the famed Gilmore Keyboard Festival and appointment as a Lecturer at the Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, WI, and release of two albums on French labels, Love and Longing and Sunday Morning (both 2013). These days, in addition to Red Planet, Jay keeps busy with Framework, Firebell, Klezmerica, and Dean Granros’ Tall Tales, and in support of a long list of area vocalists and instrumentalists. He has performed with and/or recorded with mandolin virtuoso Peter Ostroushko; vocalists Ruth McKenzie, Claudia Schmidt, Bruce Henry, Lucia Newell, Maud Hixson and Greg Brown; accordionist John Williams; Japanese shamisen prodigy Nitta Masahiro; classical violinist Nigel Kennedy; South Indian vocalist and vina virtuoso, Nirmala Rajasheker; Irish supergroup Altan; Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion; jazz bassist Anthony Cox; and avant garde French saxophonist, Francois Corneloup. Jay Epstein © Andrea Canter
Of trapset master Jay Epstein, Cadence Magazine’s David Lewis noted that “his dazzling cymbal and snare work extends the lineage of Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette.” For many years, Epstein managed time for the Phil Aaron Trio with a long-running weekly gig at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington and later at Enjoy! Bill was into it an motorcycled in from Michigan” in October 2015. Red Planet with Bill Carrothers (image by Nick Lethert)
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“Carrothers’ feathery textures go nicely with the wave of effects Dean Magraw wrings from his guitar…bassist Chris Bates and drummer Jay Epstein spin the eruptions with aplomb.” – Star Tribune
Creation Audio — live audience recording session © Andrea Canter
In fall 2015, One of the area’s most innovative musical trios joined forces with one of the world’s most creative pianists at Creation Audio, recording their magnificent mayhem in front of a small live audience. This year Chris has added college teaching to his resume’, as a Visiting Artist at the University of Minnesota Morris. Jay released Long Ago on Igmod Records, has recorded with Bill Carrothers, and appears on each of Gordon Johnson’s Trios, among a long list of sideman credits. Bill Carrothers © Andrea Canter
As a sideman, Bill has appeared with Joe Beck, Scott Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Billy Higgins, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, and Toots Thielemans, among others; as a leader he has released 26 recordings, receiving such European honors as the 2000 French Diapason d’Or de l’Année and the 2004 Grand Prix de l’Academie Charles Cros, and numerous Top 10 of the Year lists in France.  
Bill Carrothers
Bill Carrothers © Andrea Canter
Bill Carrothers has hardly followed the typical path of a musical prodigy. Dean Magraw @Andrea Canter
Dean Magraw is one of the Twin Cities’ most eclectic musicians, with a career spanning more than three decades and multiple genres and cultures, from blues to classical to folk and jazz, from Japanese and Indian to Celtic and middle American. Although he started lessons at age 5, he initially hated the piano. One of the region’s most sought-after bassists, Chris has covered a wide musical territory over the past 20+ years, earning a McKnight Composers Fellowship in 1999 and appearing on countless recordings with the likes of Kelly Rossum, Bryan Nichols, Zacc Harris, and Dean Magraw, and appearing on club and concert venue stages with such acclaimed ensembles as The Motion Poets, How Birds Work, A Love Electric, Framework, Red Planet, Fall of the House of Usher, Leisure Valley, and the Atlantis Quartet. In recent Twin Cities gigs, Bill has performed with his Dublin trio (Kevin Brady and David Redmond) at Studio Z in St. Recent credits include launching an improv series at Jazz Central, releasing the first recordings of the Good Vibes Trio and Red 5, joining Dean Granros’ Tall Tales ensemble, and receiving a composition commission from Zeitgeist. Dean has collaborated with many local artists at the Artists Quarter, Black Dog, Nicollet, Reverie, Jazz Central, and more, including Brandon Wozniak, Bryan Nichols, Billy Peterson, Steven Hobert, Eric Gravatt, Butch Thompson, and Kenny Horst.  
Red Planet with Bill Carrothers performs two nights in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge, April 18-19, 7 pm.   The quartet convened for several recording sessions at Creation Audio, inviting a small audience to witness the magic during one session. Now the final product, Red Planet With Bill Carrothers, is ready for delivery, with a CD Release celebration over two nights in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge in suburban Minneapolis. “ After trying upstate New York (Woodstock) for a couple years, he returned to the Midwest, and now makes his home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The results are at times quirky, ethereal, and high voltage as the recording presents ten tracks — four Magraw originals, another from Chris Bates, two each from band favorites Coltrane and Monk, and even a Sammy Cahn/Jimmy VanHeusen standard (“Come Dance With Me”). Most recently they have appeared at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Jazz at Studio Z, Vieux Carré, Reverie, and more. Bill’s interest in American history led to several projects, including his tributes to the Civil War (The Blues and the Greys, Bridge Boy Music, 1997; Armistice 1918, Sketch, 2004; and the live solo CD, Civil War Diaries, Bridge Boy Music, 2005). Dean co-leads a monthly duo with percussionist Davu Seru at the Black Dog Café, and recently launched duo projects with pianists Steven Hobert and Butch Thompson, and with veteran drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt, leading to their CD release, Fire on the Nile.  
Red Planet With Bill Carrothers (2017, Shifting Paradigm Records)
Jay Epstein first suggested a recording adding Bill Carrothers to the mix. Chris Bates © Andrea Canter
Chris Bates, with his brother, drummer JT, grew up with jazz, sons of trumpeter/bandleader Don Bates. Armistice was nominated for the 2005 French “Grammy” equivalent, Les Victoires du Jazz. After playing in his high school jazz bands, Carrothers moved on to the jazz program at North Texas State on a scholarship. Reservations recommended at www.croonersloungemn.com    CDs available at the show and via Shifting Paradigm Records (www.shiftingparadigmrecords.com)
  He’s released a series of recordings spanning his musical universe, including a duo with tabla master Marcus Wise, How the Light Gets In. And it was an easy sell, as Dean notes that “everybody loves the amazing, very genius and challenger, Mr Bill Carrothers. By 1988, he’d had enough of college studies and headed to New York, where he recorded with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart, and had gigs at the Village Gate, Birdland and Visiones.   Over the years, Magraw notes that the trio has “gotten into more original music, as well as continuing to expand on the deep repertoire of John Coltrane, and   always showing some intense interest on expanding our Monk repertoire.” Red Planet released their debut recording, Space Dust, in 2011. But eventually Carrothers was turned on to jazz by his piano teacher, the late Bobby Peterson, who introduced young Bill to Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and most importantly, Miles Davis. More recently, Carrothers appeared with Billy Peterson on Dave King’s trio debut, I’ve Been Ringing You (2012, Sunnyside), and released another solo set reflecting his life in Minnesota, Family Life (2012), a “blatantly intimate” disc displaying a “tender, evocative soulfulness” (Britt Robson, Jazz Times). But the big city never felt like home, and after five years, Carrothers gave up on the Big Apple, recognizing he preferred a quieter, more rural life than the frenetic pace of most jazz musicians. The spirits of Trane, Monk, Hendrix, and Frisell (and local hero Dean Granros) are ever-present at one time or another (or all together!), and the addition of Bill Carrothers provides a common bluesy denominator, exquisite on Monk’s “Reflections,” solemnly elegant on Dean’s “Ann R Chi”, maintaining the thinnest thread of melody on “Come Dance With Me.”   One has to wonder why this quartet did not come together earlier as Carrothers fits so naturally with the trio.

Steven Hobert Quartet at Jazz Central, April 19

Cover donation of $10 requested. Currently Pete leads his 10-piece X-Tet and Quartet, and is a member of Bottomless Pit and the Jazz MN Orchestra.   After launching his professional career in Kansas City, he completed his undergraduate and masters’ degrees in jazz studies at North Texas State University. With an exciting group of Twin Cities musicians, leader Hobert (piano) is joined by versatile saxophonist (and series curator) Pete Whitman,   wide-ranging bassist Yohannes Tona, and up-and-coming drummer Arthur “LA” Buckner. In 1986, Pete began touring throughout Europe, Japan and Brazil with the Glen Miller Orchestra, moving to St. His father, baritone singer Art G. Mambo’s Combo, Darnell Davis and the Remnant, Nachito Herrera, Kevin Washington, Doug Little, #Mpls, and Foreign Motion. Mychal Rambo, Bruce Henry, Debbie Duncan, and Sounds of Blackness, leads the Yohannes Tona Band and Made in Abyssinia, and works as a producer for a variety of projects. Full calendar at http://jazzcentralstudios.org
 
   
The Steven Hobert Quartet performs at 8:30 pm at Jazz Central, located at 407 SE Central Ave in Minneapolis. Currently Steven leads FireFly Forest and his quartet, plays accordion in Lulu’s Playground and piano with the Adam Meckler Orchestra, works in duo with saxophonist/flautist James Kellerman and guitarist Dean Magraw, and generally works as a freelance musician, composer, and teacher of piano, accordion and woodwinds. Yohannes emigrated to the U.S. Studying guitar and then bass in his homeland, he attended Yared, Ethiopia’s lone music school, at sixteen. Steven Hobert © Andrea Canter
Originally from Hartland, Wisconsin, Steven Hobert recalls that he “would noodle around on the piano and just make things up, maybe even as young as middle school.” The music of Keith Jarrett, particularly his solo improvisation concerts, influenced Steven’s decision to pursue piano improvisation at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, as it allowed him to express himself through uninhibited creativity. Paul in 1988 where he has become one of the most prolific members of the Twin Cities jazz community. Pete’s credits on tenor, alto, soprano, clarinet and flute include performing with Randy Brecker, Jack McDuff, Curtis Fuller, the Woody Herman Orchestra and Andres Prado Quartet. After graduation, Hobert performed with symphony orchestras from Calgary to Buffalo, played on cruise ships, and spent a year touring Japan, Canada and the U.S. Yohannes Tona © Andrea Canter
Bassist Yohannes Tona grew up in Awassa in southern Ethiopia, the son of a church organist (father) and vocalist (mother). A dedicated educator, Whitman heads the Woodwind and Brass Department at St. Buckner, bought LA his first drum kit after observing his son’s fascination with the drums he heard during church services. Born and raised in Minneapolis, LA was influenced by his father’s jazz collection, his mother’s Quincy Jones and Erykah Badu albums, his involvement in the music of his family church. A few yeas later he was recruited to serve as music director for the Ethiopian Church in Minneapolis. He’s also performed with top area vocalists including T. With his X-Tet, he released the highly regarded Where’s When on Artegra (2002), earning four stars from Downbeat. LA is known for his ability to incorporate Latin, Blues, Pop, Hip-Hop and R&B into whatever style of music he’s playing. Pete Whitman © Andrea Canter
Pete Whitman is a veteran performer, composer, and arranger. Steve Hobert Quartet © Andrea Canter
© Andrea Canter
About a year after its debut at Reverie, the Steven Hobert Quartet is still running strong, now featured on “new music night” at Jazz Central on April 19, 8:30 pm. Pete also composed and arranged the score for the independent film, Been Rich All My Life. Arthur “LA” Buckner © Andrea Canter
Currently a Masters degree student at McNally Smith College of Music, drummer Arthur “LA” Buckner works with national gospel recording artist Jovnota Patton & Deliverance for Youth, Shiloh Temple International Ministries, Rodney Ruckus, the Ethan Yeshaya Trio, Cameron Wright Band, Paris Bennett, and the award-winning McNally Smith X-Tet. Jazz Central Studios is a nonprofit venue for education and performance. Paul’s McNally Smith College where he teaches saxophone, improvisation, and arranging, and directs McNally’s edition of the X-Tet. Here he has played with the Grammy-nominated Excelsior Choir , Dr. in the late 1990s to   study at the Berklee College of Music. with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He also served as music director for vocal ensemble Five By Design.

Fermentation, Large Marge at Reverie, April 20

Thursday night schedule at www.thursdaynightjazzatreverie.info Fermentation (9 pm)
Dave Atchison
Fermentation is a collaborative Twin Cities ensemble playing mostly original tunes in the jazz tradition, while also “bringing “a number of different influences to bear for our joint sound.” Tonight’s band includes Dave Atchison on guitar, William Melton on bass and trombone, Armond Reginald Neal on flutes, and Ryan Billig on drums. Today Josh is an active member of the Twin Cities improvisation and experimental music community, playing with the Bookhouse Trio, Davy Demons Trio, George Cartwright’s Merciless Ghost, Painted Saints, Aby Wolf, Jon Davis, Amethyst Three, Patrick Harison, Peter Schimke, Davu Seru, Park Evans, Javier Matos, Tony Balluff, the Skruffians, and more. Leading off at 9 pm will be Fermentation, followed at approximately 10:30 by the duo Large Marge. No cover but donations (tip jar) appreciated to support the musicians and the series. As a teenager, he played classical etudes, punch/thrash/rock, and jazz.  
Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie takes place weekly at Reverie Bar at 1931 Nicollet Ave South in Minneapolis, just south of downtown. Josh Granowski © Andrea Canter
Josh Granowski started playing upright bass at age 11, soon following with bass guitar. Notes Vieux Carre’, Josh is a “first call in town for any group that swings.”
Chris Hepola
Chris Hepola is an in-demand drummer in the Twin Cities, performing in a wide range of ensembles playing jazz, pop, folk music, and much more. We finally have our first recording (almost) ready [and] enjoy each others’ company muchly.”
 
Large Marge (10:30 pm)
Large Marge is a duo, pairing bassist Josh Granowski and drummer Chris Hepola. He’s also performed recently with James Buckley, Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, and the Cactus Blossoms.   Notes Dave, “We’ve been playing regularly at the Seward Café and at the old Bedlam Theater for 6 years or so, and other places now and then. © Andrea Canter
Two bands offering atypical instrumentation and significantly imaginative music take the stage at Reverie on April 20 on the Thursday Night Jazz series curated by Steve Kenny. He’s performed with Balkan brass band The Brass Messengers, folk-pop soundscape artists Painted Saints, and on keyboards with string ensemble The Poor Nobodys.

Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog Presents Youth Showcase, Chris Bates Red 5 on January 21

JazzINK Youth Showcase: Simon Petrick/Adam Astrup Quartet (7 pm)
Adam Astrup © Andrea Canter
The monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase typically presents high school ensembles, with occasional performances from college student artists.  
Chris Bates’ Red 5 (8:30 pm)
Chris Bates’ Red 5 at the Black Dog © Andrea Canter
Chris Bates launched Red 5 in 2012 via a series of “open sessions” at Jazz Central Studios, bringing original compositions to the band to test drive and tweak before live audiences before heading into the studio to record New Hope. He was a member of Motion Poets and has worked with a variety of Latin, electronic, and experimental ensembles, including Bryan Nichols’ Quintet and Trio, Chris Bates’ Red Five, Fat Kid Wednesdays, the Zacc Harris Group, The Pines, and his own organ trio, Grain. He began bass lessons in 4th grade and progressed to jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before returning to the Twin Cities to study with Anthony Cox. He recently released an album of eight original compositions (Divide Avenue), featuring a strong cast of metro musicians. Over his career, he has played with Mose Allison, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Steven Bernstein, Howard Levy, Michael Attias, Ira Sullivan, Bill Carrothers, Eric Alexander, Ari Hoenig and Tim Sparks, among others. Thomas Nordlund © Andrea Canter
Twin Cities guitarist Thomas Nordlund earned a BA in Guitar Performance at the University of Minnesota-Morris and a certificate in Jazz Studies from the Universit of Auckland, NZ. Living in New York for the past sixteen years, JC’s compositions have been performed by leading artists such as John Abercrombie and Dave Liebman, and he has built a reputation as conductor of large ensembles including the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Alan Ferber Nonet, Alice Coltrane Orchestra and his own JC Sanford Orchestra. “It’s a challenge to bring together the most sought after players on the Twin Cities creative music scene.”   Perhaps adding to the challenge as well as the sound, Red 5 recently expanded to a with the addition of guitarist Thomas Nordlund; Jake Baldwin has been heard on trumpet in place of busy Lozier, and taking things yet another step beyond, the performance at the Black Dog adds New York transplant JC Sanford on trombone. Chris Thomson
Saxophonist/composer Chris Thomson attended the U of M and Lawrence Conservatory, toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and has appeared with Delfeayo Marsalis in addition to local collaborations with the New Standards, Anthony Cox, Dosh, Chris Morrissey, Dave King, Bryan Nichols, Michael Lewis, Adam Linz, Adam Levey, Kelly Rossum and more. Over its first two seasons, Brandon has performed on the Jazz in the Target Atrium Series at Orchestra Hall as part of the Atrium Jazz Ensemble, led by Jeremy Walker. No cover but donations to the tip jar ($10 suggested) are appreciated to support the series and the musicians. JC recently returned to Northfield, in time to celebrate the release of his new quartet album, Can You Believe It, which will have its Minnesota release gig on January 23 at the Icehouse, with Zacc Harris, Chris and JT Bates. Chris Bates Red 5 © Andrea Canter
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The Saint Paul Winter Carnival gets underway this weekend, and Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog adds to the starpower with a much anticipated return of Chris Bates’ Red Five. Since arriving in the Twin Cities in 2006, he has performed with local bands including Red Five, Dave King Trucking Company, the Bryan Nichols Quintet, Zacc Harris Quartet, and Vector Families; and in varying combinations with Adam Linz, Billy Peterson, Dean Magraw, Kenny Horst, Zacc Harris, Steve Kenny and more. “This ensemble was created to challenge my abilities, to stretch my composing skills and lastly to celebrate the improvisational culture of this geographical area,” notes Chris. JC Sanford
A protégé of legendary composer Bob Brookmeyer, trombonist and Northfield native JC Sanford studied at the University of Northern Iowa and completed graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. In addition to curating his Jazz Implosion series at the Icehouse on Monday nights, JT often appears on the Icehouse stage with such musicians as brother Chris, Dave King, Brandon Wozniak and more. Chris has released two recordings as leader and keeps a busy teaching schedule at the Mainstreet School of Performing Arts in Hopkins, Hamline University and MacPhail Center for Music. He has appeared a number of times on the Black Dog and Reverie stages. Guitarist Adam Astrup is a senior at Ricori High School in Cold Spring, MN, but he has been making the trek to the Twin Cities regularly over the past three years, studying with Zacc Harris and participating (for three years) in the Dakota Combo, a metro-area all-star high school ensemble. This unit was built to celebrate the making of music…We let the moment take us, each show is a unique experience, song to song, set to set, second to second…It’s pure joy…..The smiles on our faces are proof. Jake recently released his first album as leader, Ra Ra Ru and has been on tour with Har Mar Superstar. In addition to leading his own band, Thomas performs regularly with vocalists Sarah Morris and Jana Nyberg, and has performed with Andrew Foreman, Patrick Harison, Adam Meckler, Ben Abrahamson, and other area standouts. He’s also worked as a Program Associate at Walker West. DeCarlo performs with a number of area ensembles including HippoCampus. The early set features the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase, with the Simon Petrick/Adam Astrup Quintet at 7 pm. After graduating from NEC 2013, Jake moved back to the Twin Cities, initially working for the Harralson Trumpet company while building his creds on the local jazz scene. Trumpeter and bassist DeCarlo Jackson grew up in St Paul and began co-leading bands with older brother Devante as a young teen. The band–original members Chris and JT Bates, saxophonists Brandon Wozniak and Chris Thomson, and trumpeter Zack Lozier– has since performed sporadically on local stages (the Artists Quarter, Icehouse, Studio Z, Black Dog), the long periods between performances reflecting the very busy schedules of the ensemble musicians, each of whom performs with numerous bands in the metro and beyond. An alum of the Dakota Combo, PipJazz Youth, and Walker West ensembles, he attended the University of Manitoba before moving back to Minnesota, where he now studies at McNally Smith. JT Bates © Andrea Canter
J.T. The Simon Petrick/Adam Astrup Quintet finds the younger artists, both high school seniors, leading an ensemble with three of the busiest college musicians in the Metro, DeCarlo Jackson, Levi Schwartzberg and Drew Stinson. A graduate of Minneapolis Southwest High School, Levi performed in the Dakota Combo for two years. “The nature of running your own band filled with your favorite musicians means you are at the mercy of fate in trying to schedule around 5 people in high demand,” notes Bates. He often lends his compositions to the many ensembles that he juggles throughout his busy performance schedule. “This is not a safe band….we fly at the edge of our seat at all times, we are consistently challenging each other rhythmically, harmonically and spiritually to push past preconceived notions of jazz. With fellow guitarist Will Schmid, he performed in duo at the 2016 Winter Jazz Festival, again at the summer festival, and at the 2016 Iowa City Jazz Festival, coleading a quartet as well as performing in the guitar duo and Dakota Combo. The album pleased audiences and critics alike, the only jazz release in the top 20 choices of Star Tribune critics for 2012. In addition to his local ensemble work (Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, How Birds Work, Klezmerica, Enormous Quartet, Framework, Leisure Valley, Zacc Harris Group, Dean Granros’ Tall Tales, Bill Simenson Orchestra) and leading Red 5 and the Good Vibes Trio, Chris has played solo concerts using both acoustic and electronic instruments, and appears on over 30 recordings. Drew Stinson © Andrea Canter
Bassist Drew Stinson attends the McNally Smith College of Music. Levi Schwartzberg © Andrea Canter
Vibraphonist/pianist Levi Schwartzberg is a junior Physics major at the U of M and member of the U’s Jazz Ensemble and Combo. In spring 2013, Chris launched a monthly improvisation series at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis, “Magica Improvisado.”
Brandon Wozniak © Andrea Canter
Saxman Brandon Wozniak previously lived and worked in New York City, toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and earned his BA from Indiana University under the tutelage of the late David Baker. Those creds have been accumulating, with his own bands at such venues as the Dakota, Artists Quarter, and Jazz Central, and in other bands including the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Chomsky, Thomas Nordlund Group, Endeavors, Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band, Ramtrack, and the McNasty Brass Band. Most recently he has been on tour with Bon Iver. Simon previously attended the Mainstreet School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. There is a great deal of love and respect on the bandstand and we really want our audience to participate in this…..it’s a community vibe!”
 
Chris Bates © Andrea Canter
Chris Bates and his brother, drummer JT, grew up with jazz, sons of trumpeter/bandleader Don Bates. Jake Baldwin © Andrea Canter
A 2009 graduate of Minnetonka High School and alum of the second and third editions of the Dakota Combo (2007-09), trumpeter Jake Baldwin studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, John McNeil, Joe Morris and Fred Hersch at the New England Conservatory, and was one of three finalists in the 2011 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition; a year later he was runner-up in the jazz division of the National Trumpet Competition. He’s been heard on stages throughout the metro including the 318, Reverie and Black Dog. Full bar and kitchen at the Black Dog.  
The Black Dog is located at 308 Prince Street in the Northern Warehouse, in St Paul’s Lowertown Arts district, across from CHS Field. He’s currently a member of Sound Skirmish, Adam Linz’s Le Percheron, leads his own bands, and appears with many other area artists. A member of the 1990s ensemble, the Motion Poets, Chris was a 1999 McKnight Composer Fellow and in 2014 was awarded a commission from local new music ensemble Zeitgeist. The Saturday Night Jazz series is curated by Steve Kenny and has been bringing the best in regional jazz to Lowertown for the past 2+ years. Bates is one of the busiest drummers in the Twin Cities, on and off the bandstand. Saturday Night Jazz schedule at www.saturdaynightjazzattheblackdog.info; full music and event schedule at www.blackdogstpaul.com   Simon Petrick © Andrea Canter
Drummer Simon Petrick is technically a high school senior but is taking all coursework at the University of Minnesota through Post Secondary Education Options; also through PSEO he participates in U of M Jazz ensembles under Dean Sorenson. He performs with the Julian Manzara Quartet, his own bands and ensembles at McNally Smith, and is a founding member of the quartet Sound Skirmish, recently heard at Reverie.

“Looking North” With Bryan Nichols: Solo Concert, Jazz at Studio Z on January 21

   Studio Z is located at 275 E 4th Street in the Northwestern Building (suite 200), in the St Paul Lowertown Arts District across from Union Depot. The rest of the album is filled by a sampling of the 20 improvisations that evolved in the studio. He’s also backed local singer Connie Evingson and recent New York transplant Nancy Harms. In 2009, he received a grant from the American Composers Forum, and in 2010, a fellowship from the McKnight Foundation. He has also taught at the MacPhail Center for Music, University of Minnesota Morris, and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. (Hmmm, so there are another 15… perhaps Looking North Again?)
As one hears on the earlier Bright Places as well as in Bryan’s work in small ensembles, his style can be heard as an amalgam of Bill Carrothers, Marilyn Crispell, Fred Hersch, Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, even at times Craig Taborn — and yet not really anyone but Bryan Nichols. Full of ideas to “make something beautiful and new,” Nichols edits well, never working a theme or strategy to death as is too often the case of many young modern artists; most of the tracks on Looking North fall between three and five minutes. Long enough to sustain a trajectory, not so long as to bog down in self-conscious reflection. This is the music I make because I live here — it would be much different if I lived in New York… I am in a position where, whether the people like what I am playing or not, they know that this is the music I wanted to make.”– Bryan Nichols, Star Tribune (5/22/16)
Back in fall 2011, pianist Bryan Nichols performed a rare solo concert in MacPhail’s Antonello Hall, and at the time, he had only recorded his own works in the larger ensemble context of his debut, Bright Places. He did participate in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) summer jazz program where he worked with veteran piano teacher Denny Malmberg, and after studying genetics in college (“which I’ve done absolutely nothing with, ever”), moved to Chicago where he performed with Corey Wilkes, Maurice Brown, Jeff Parker, Nicole Mitchell, Von Freeman, Ari Brown, Hamid Drake and Ernest Dawkins.  
Looking North (Shifting Paradigms Records, 2016)
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In the environs of south Minneapolis’ Creation Audio (with the expertise of engineers Steve Wiese and Miles Hanson), Bryan started from a few pre-selected original compositions along with two covers–“Lonesome Tremolo Blues” from the Pines and “Lullaby for Sharks”, written by old friend Dave King for the first Happy Apple album. Bryan Nichols © Andrea Canter
Bryan Nichols studied classical piano with a “neighborhood piano teacher” but came to jazz on his own, developing his skills without formal jazz studies. Following his CD release last spring at the Dakota, Bryan now comes to the Jazz at Studio Z series on Saturday, January 21 (7 pm) to reprise the music of Looking North as well as some new material. Now with his quintet (Bright Places) and solo (Looking North) recordings behind him, he hopes to record with his trio in the near future. Bryan has been a frequent weekend performer in duos at the Icehouse, often with bassist James Buckley, appears with Chris and JT Bates as Nichols/Bates/Bates, and leads his trio, quartet, quintet, and nonet (We Are Many). Perhaps then it was no surprise that his much-anticipated solo album found Bryan Looking North with a stellar and elegant set of mostly original meditations on his life in the Midwest. Over his career, Bryan has appeared at international festivals including Sons d’Hiver (Paris, France) and Kerava Jazz Festival (Kerava, Finland) as well as at local and regional festivals such as the Chicago Jazz Festival, Minnesota Sur Seine Festival and Twin Cities Jazz Festival. And despite his years of success with his own ensembles (trio, quintet, nonet We Are Many), duos with the likes of James Buckley and Tim Sparks, and as featured sideman (Kelly Rossum Quartet, Gang Font, Zacc Harris Quartet), the alum of Betty Carter’s famed Jazz Ahead continues to garner inspiration close to home. See full information about the Jazz at Studio Z concert series at www.jazzatstudioz.org Back in the Twin Cities in 2005 after his residency in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program, Bryan quickly became a favorite pianist among the more forwarding-spinning jazz ensembles, working with the Kelly Rossum Quartet, Rossum Electric Company, Rossum’s Nicollet Circus Band, James Buckley Trio, Chris Morrisey Quartet, Zacc Harris Quartet, Off the Map, Gang Font, Todd Clouser, Adam Linz, Dead Man Winter, Mancrush, Atrium Jazz Ensemble, and the Minneapolis/Chicago collective, City of Fiction, and appearing on recordings by James Buckley, Chris Morrisey, Gordon Johnson, Kelly Rossum and Nicole Mitchell. The concert will follow a free “master class” interview with curator Zacc Harris at 6 pm, recorded as part of the Jazz at Studio Z podcast series. (See the full review at http://jazzpolice.com/archives/1495)
 
Tickets for Bryan Nichols’ Jazz at Studio Z concert are $15 at the door or $10 in advance; attendees at the free 6 pm master class pay $10 for the concert; http://www.studiozstpaul.com/jasz-012117.html. Bryan Nichols © Andrea Canter
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“The whole record is meant to be a meditation on Minnesota.

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 20-26

 
Big Gigs This Week
Friday, January 20. They’re half of the unique band Lulu’s Playground, but a trumpet/cello duo is unique in its own right, and especially if the musicians are Adam Meckler and Cory Grossman –on stage at Jazz Central. And it’s all a warm-up for the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival at the end of the month. Paul’s World of Beer. And if you need to either celebrate or commiserate in response to today’s inauguration, the band Headspace will hold an Inauguration Blowout at St. Chris Bates’ Red 5 at the Black Dog (January 21) © Andrea Canter
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Just a week ago it was way below zero; now it’s all melting.   Read More! At the Icehouse, Bryan Nichols and James Buckley provide some pretty sophisticated piano/bass duo music during the dinner hours, while Amethyst Three (Park Evans, Josh Granowski and leader Byron Johnson-Blanchard) add to the spicy menu at Bistro LaRoux. I think some of the credit goes to the hot jazz in the Twin Cities! And it will be hot enough to keep things above freezing as we head into another week filled with great jazz from one end of the metro to the other, from local heroes to visiting artists.

“A Rare Treat”: Laura Caviani and Chris Olson on Jazz Central’s Vocal Jazz Night, January 19

“We go way back,” notes Laura “as we both started teaching at UW–Stevens Point   25 years ago!! Caviani is a veteran of nearly three decades of performing, recording and composing, including appearances with Toots Thielemans, Bob Mintzer, and Dave Liebman, and touring and recording with star vocalist Karrin Allyson. Barneys. Chris Olson and Laura Caviani © Andrea Canter
Both pianist Laura Caviani and guitarist Chris Olson have built reputations as two of the masters of jazz in the Twin Cities and beyond. And more recently she has presented “From Bach to Bop” – jazz arrangements of favorite classical works– at a number of venues including the Artists Quarter, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and Jazz @St. Since earning a master’s degree in jazz studies/performance from the University of North Texas, he’s taught guitar, jazz history and improvisation as well as directing jazz ensembles at UW-Stevens Point (where he earned his undergraduate degree), Wausau Conservatory of Music, UW-Marathon County, and Inver Hills Community College. Chris has performed with Bob Mintzer, Louis Bellson, Terry Gibbs, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Vinton, and has appeared frequently at the Black Dog, heading his monthly “Chris Olson Project” as well as performing in other ensembles such as Framework. Chris similarly tops the regional field of jazz guitarists, hosts a   long-running monthly gig at the Black Dog, is one-third of the popular trio Framework, and also a veteran educator.  
 
Jazz Central Studios is located at 407 Central Av SE (Minneapolis), in the lower level. Donations ($10; $5 students with ID) requested to support the venue and performers. In spring 2011, she collaborated with Prudence Johnson, Joan Griffith and other area composers to create “A Girl Named Vincent,” setting the poems of a young Edna St. As a leader she now has five acclaimed recordings to her credit and a long list of supporting roles with local musicians. This is a rare treat!” And it will be a treat as Jazz Central presents this duo on Vocal Jazz Night! Projects include her tributes to Horace Silver, Mary Lou Williams and Thelonious Monk; Soul Café with guitarist Steve Blons and saxman Brad Holden; Pete Whitman’s Xtet; and her cross-genre Alec Wilder project. While both Laura and Chris are well-known instrumentalists, they both sing as well, talents they have seldom displayed until recently. All ages welcome. Laura Caviani © Andrea Canter
Raised in the Midwest where she studied trumpet as well as piano through high school, Laura Caviani received a Bachelor’s of Music in Composition from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and a Masters of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. So why is this duo performing on the January 19th installment of Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central Studios? Currently on the guitar faculty at McNally/Smith College in St. Full schedule at http://jazzcentralstudios.org
 
 
  Laura is renowned not only for her keyboard skills but also as a dedicated educator and far-ranging composer. Vincent Millay to music for both live performance and recording.  
Chris Olson © Andrea Canter
Chris Olson is a dedicated jazz educator as well as performer. We will both be singing and playing. Laura currently directs big bands at Carleton College in Northfield and teaches at MacPhail Center for Music, McNally Smith College of Music, and Shell Lakes Arts Center. Paul, he also teaches guitar lessons and jazz combos at the MacPhail Center for Music and summer programs at the Shell Lake (WI) Arts Center; he serves on the Board of the Minnesota Guitar Society. Laura made her debut as a vocalist a few years ago at Jazz Central. This nonprofit performance and teaching space presents music at least five nights per week, with Vocal Jazz Night every Thursday at 8 pm. Laura Caviani © Andrea Canter
Laura’s latest releases include Sambanova (with Joan Griffith), mostly original works drawing from the traditions of Brazil; another set of Brazilian influenced songs, Circle of the Dance; and a 2013 remake of a holiday album, Holly, Jolly and Jazzy with Gordy Johnson and Joe Pulice. And yes, they do plan to sing– both of them!

Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie Presents the Peter Vircks Quartet, January 19

Peter Vircks © Andrea Canter
Among his many genre-bending projects, Peter Vircks co-founded Moveable Feast in 1999, dubbed by City Pages as the “Best Electro/Jazz/Funk/Hip-Hop Hybrid” of 2002. He also appeared on soul legend Alexander O’Neal’s Live in Minneapolis DVD (2011). Raised in Detroit, the son of jazz artists/teachers Faye and Donald Washington moved with his family to the Twin Cities at age 13, and quickly became part of the local music community, spreading his talents across jazz, Latin, reggae and funk bands. Reverie features a unique vegan menu and bar. No cover but tip jar donations appreciated to support the musicians and the series. After a few years in New York attending the New School and gigging with Chico Freeman, Arnie Lawrence, Antonio Hart and James Carter, Kevin returned to the Twin Cities where he has been in high demand to support national touring artists and playing with Moveable Feast, Doug Little, the Heptones, Nachito Herrera, Bruce Henry, Andres Prado, and Mississippi, as well as leading his own bands and teaching at area music schools and jazz camps. The music, like Vircks career in general, brings together elements of R&B, funk, and rock in an improvisational framework that instantly has broad appeal, often-danceable rhythms, yet an underlying modern jazz sensibility and serious intention. His 2014 quartet release, What You Believe Is True, was funded in part by the Subito Grant and features original Vircks compositions on eight of the nine tracks. Peter Vircks © Andrea Canter
The Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series features the Peter Vircks Quartet (with Brian Ziemniak, Ron Evaniuk, Kevin Washington) on January 19. Jazz schedule at www.thursdaynightjazzatreverie.info Brian has toured with star-studded funk group FDeluxe and with popular Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Ron Evaniuk © Andrea Canter
Originally from the Detroit area, Ron (Roman) Evaniuk   studied cello with Leonard Rose prodigy Robert Newkirk at   the Cleveland Institute of Music. Their latest release, What You Believe Is True, landed on many local “best of the year lists” for 2014. Ron has performed with Bill Carrothers, the American Classic Jazz Orchestra, Eric Gravatt’s Source Code, the JazzMN Orchestra, the late Gene Adams, and saxophonists Joe Ford and Andrew White. Around the Twin Cities, Brian performs with numerous bands and a wide range of artists, including vocalists Fred Steele and Bruce Henry, rock group Vintage Raggs, and jazz ensembles, the Yohannes Tona Band and Kevin Washington Quartet, in addition to fronting his own organ trio, BZ3. Kevin Washington © Andrea Canter
Despite his mere four decades on Earth, drummer Kevin Washington already has nearly three decades of professional experience, from stages in Detroit to New York to the Twin Cities.  
Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie takes place weekly at the Reverier Bar and Cafe at 1931 Nicollet Ave South (at Franklin) in south Minneapolis.   He teaches and performs on acoustic bass, electric bass, and cello. Since summer 2010, he’s been performing and writing for Rhythmic Circus’ touring production of   Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!, which was named an Artist of the Year   in 2011 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, awarded two Sage awards, and voted “Best of the Twin Cities” by City Pages. Ron also recorded with Harry Chapin on the album On the Road to Kingdom Come.   The show opened off Broadway in the historic New Victory Theater in November 2013, and was performed at the annual APAP Conference in Manhattan earlier this month. Peter has also performed and/or recorded with such stars as Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday, Erick Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, Source Code), the Yohannes Tona Band, Kevin Washington Quintet, Nachito Herrera, The Horn Heads, vocalist Bruce Henry,   gospel phenomenon Robert Robinson, Katz and Dogs, President Flow (with fellow saxophonist Joe Mayo), and a relatively new project of funky soul, Midnight Love. In the jazz world he has performed with Kneebody saxophonist Ben Wendel, pyrotechnic violinist Christian Howes, and noted avant garde clarinetist Jean-Brice Godet. In 2004, Peter attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and in 2007 received an American Composers Forum Subito Grant. Brian Ziemniak © Andrea Canter
Brian Ziemniak is one of the Twin Cities’ most versatile pianists.

Roy Hargrove Quintet with Roberta Gambarini at the Dakota, January 18-19

Roberta performed at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival with legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath. The Roy Hargrove Quintet released Nothing Serious on Verve in 2006 and the aptly titled Ear Food in 2008. NPR stated that   “when he’s on the road touring with his quintet, he’s treating audiences to some of the greatest, hardest-swinging bebop in the world.” And as noted by Christopher Jones following a Hargrove Quintet performance in Seattle, this is “straightforward, no-nonsense modern jazz…with integrity and conviction.” Hargrove brings that conviction – along with his quintet—to the Dakota in Minneapolis for his annual engagement, January 18-19, with very special guest, multi-Grammy-nominated vocalist Roberta Gambarini. Her success in reinterpreting the great solos of Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins on her Grammy-nominated debut, Easy to Love (2006), prompted the late Hank Jones (her pianist on the album) to proclaim her as the “best new jazz vocalist to come along in 50 years.”
Within three years, Roberta released two more highly regarded recordings, 2008’s You Are There (again with the great Hank Jones), and 2009’s So in Love, doubling as arranger in the company of some of today’s leading instrumentalists, and garnering another Grammy nomination. Roy Hargrove © Andrea Canter
Inspired by gospel, R&B and funk while growing up in Waco, Texas, Roy Hargrove was a trumpet prodigy, already working with Frank Morgan and “discovered” by Wynton Marsalis before he finished high school at the Booker T. She was awarded the 2009 Grand Prix du Jazz Vocal (France). In addition to the funky RH Factor, he has explored Afro Cuban rhythms, pop, and, above all, eclectic, straight ahead jazz, in the highly acclaimed company of Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band, as well as with his own Quintet. She began clarinet studies at age 12, making her debut as a vocalist at 17 in area jazz clubs. Washington School for the Performing Arts in Dallas. Roy has received two Grammy Awards to date: His Cuban-based band Crisol (with piano legend Jesus “Chucho” Valdes and drummer Horatio “El Negro” Hernandez) won the Best Latin Jazz Performance Grammy in 1997, and Directions in Music (with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker) won Best Instrumental Jazz Album in 2002.  
The Dakota is located at 1010 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Despite his apparently hiatus from recording his own bands, Hargrove has been busy recording with the likes of Marcus Miller, Angelique Kidjo, Cyrille Aimee and D’Angelo.  
Roberta Gambarini © Andrea Canter
A native of Turin, Italy, Roberta Gambarini grew up listening to music and her father’s saxophone. His current quintet   embodies all of the elements that make live jazz live and irreplaceable regardless of technology—they play in the moment, and each moment as if it was the only moment in time. After finishing third (to the late Teri Thornton and runner-up Jane Monheit) in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition only a few weeks later, she began to get more attention, passed on further studies at NEC and relocated to New York where she became a protégé of Benny Carter and later James Moody. Roberta also appeared on two big band releases in 2009, Roy Hargrove’s Emergence (Groovin’ High/Emarcy) and I’m BeBoppin’ Too (Half Note Records) with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. At 47, his output as a recording artist (14 sessions as leader) is almost as remarkable as his chops. She went on to perform with such established artists as James Moody, David Fathead Newman, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Michael Brecker, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove and more. In 2009, Roy gathered a big band for the highly praised Emergence   (Groovin High), his most recent release. For a number of years, the Roy Hargrove Quintet has included Justin Robinson (reeds), Sullivan Fortner (piano),   Ameen Saleem   (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums), a high energy, interactive, soulful collaboration. Later he dropped his studies at Berklee in Boston to move to New York, enroll at the New School, and concentrate on his career as leader, sideman and major label recording artist. Two sets per night at 7 and 9:00 pm; www.dakotacooks.com She gained further experience and acclaim after moving to Milan, then relocated to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory of Music in 1998. Hargrove is one of the all-too-rare jazz artists of his generation who never fails to deliver the goods at full throttle, regardless of the audience or venue. She was in fact named after the Jerome Kern song “Roberta.” Her parents took her to see visiting American jazz artists and she heard their records of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and more. His fusiony project, RH Factor, created a lot of buzz by merging R&B and hip-hop mainstream with jazz, but his efforts with his renowned quintet are decidedly more Dizzy than Ice-T. In 2004 she began a stint with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Alumni Big Band Band, and within two more years was touring with her own trio. Roy Hargrove © Andrea Canter
“His contributions help tie jazz to hip-hop and R&B, reinforcing the perception that jazz is, perhaps, America’s last truly adventurous musical genre, one capable of addressing what is transpiring in the present while also honoring what has come before.” –Preston Jones, Observer
Roy Hargrove © Andrea Canter
After Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove is probably the best known trumpeter on the planet today.

Chris Bates Quartet Night at Jazz Central, January 11

in Guitar Performance from the University of Minnesota-Morris and studied with Roger Brotherhood, Jaime Guiscafre, and Tim Sparks. He relocated to New York in 2000 where he became involved with the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he was trombonist with the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra until 2016. He shares a recent McKnight Award with his cohorts in the Atlantis Quartet. After earning his BA at the University of Northrn Iowa, JC went on to the New England Conservatory where he earned at DMA in Jazz Studies. He composes and arranges for solo guitar and small ensembles, drawing on jazz, classical, folk, ambient, and acoustic fingerstyle traditions. Noted Richard Brody in The New Yorker, “In free rhythm, his shimmering cymbals recall Sunny Murray’s work with Ayler; the tom-tom groove is like the one Ed Blackwell got with Coleman; and, when he plays on an ethereally introverted modernistic piece, he sounds like a one-man Art Ensemble of Chicago, ready to use anything for the right sound—chopsticks, chains, his hands, and even the nub of a drumstick, which he rubs on cymbals to make them whisper as if butterflies were beating their wings upon them.”
Put on your improvising ears and come down (to the basement!) to Jazz Central Studios for some new music magic. Chris Bates © Andrea Canter
Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis has been an incubation chamber for modern jazz artists since its founding in 2010. Wednesday nights in particular have been reserved for talented improvisers and composers under the guidance of a revolving cast of artist/curators, including bassist Chris Bates. Full schedule at http://jazzcentralstudios.org   Hear more of Chris Bates performing the music of Horace Silver with Doug Haining at Jazz Central on January 13, and with the Solomon Parham Quintet at the Black Dog on Saturday, January 14. About a year ago, JT launched a new project, a B-3 organ trio dubbed Grain. He was one of four jazz artists to be awarded a composition commission from Zeitgeist, which was premiered at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Thomas Nordlund © Andrea Canter
Guitarist and composer Thomas Nordlund holds a B.A. JT Bates © Andrea Canter
J.T.  
Jazz Central Studios is located at 407 Central Av SE in Minneapolis. In addition to performing as a solo artist, he is an active sideman with Chris Bates (Red 5), Sarah Morris, the Jana Nyberg Group, Moon and Pollution, Gesualdo, Andrew Foreman, and the Byron Johnson-Blanchard Quartet, and has performed at venues throughout the Midwest including the Dakota, Artist’s Quarter, Aster Cafe, 331 Club, Red Stag, Barbette, and Honey. His 2017 JC4 release Can You Believe It was just celebrated in New York at Shapeshifter Lab, and will hold its Minnesota release at the Icehouse on January 23 with Sanford, Zacc Harris, Chris Bates and JT Bates. In addition to curating his Jazz Implosion series on Monday nights at the Icehouse, JT often appears on the Icehouse stage with such musicians as brother Chris, Dave King, Brandon Wozniak and more. He was a member of Motion Poets and has worked with a variety of Latin, electronic, and experimental ensembles, including Bryan Nichols’ Quintet and Trio, Chris Bates’ Red Five, Fat Kid Wednesdays, the Zacc Harris Group, and The Pines. He’s led his quartet, JC4 and the improvisational trio Triocracy. Bates is one of the busiest drummers in the Twin Cities, on and off the bandstand. His monthly “Magica Improvisada” series continues on January 11 (8:30 pm) with a newly assembled quartet with guitarist Thomas Nordlund, brother and drummer JT Bates, and New York transplant trombonist JC Sanford. JC Sanford
Trombonist JC Sanford has spent much of his career conducting the bands of Alice Coltrane, John Hollenbeck, Joel Harrison, Alan Ferber and more. A nonprofit venue for performance and education, Jazz Central requests a $10 donation to support the artists and venue. Chris studied at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and later with Anthony Cox, was an original member of the Motion Poets, and a 1999 McKnight Composer Fellow. Chris Bates © Andrea Canter
Chris Bates is well known locally for his affiliations with the Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, Volcano Insurance, Framework, How Birds Work, Tall Tales, Leisure Valley, Pushing Chain, Bill Simenson Orchestra, Adam Meckler Orchestra, and many other cutting edge ensembles in addition to his own bands, the Good Vibes Trio and Red Five, both of which released debut albums in the past few years. He recently revived another vibes trio, Low Blows, launched a trio with Joe Strachan and Matt Buckner (now Miguel Hurtado), and curates a monthly improvisation series at Jazz Central, one Wednesday night per month. When not conducting, he’s been busy composing and arranging for his own ensembles, and curating Size Matters (large ensembles series in the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn).

Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie: Double-Header With Julian Manzara, Aaron Hedenstrom on January 12

Kameron Markworth
Bassist, composer, and teaching artist   Kameron L. Paul. Drew Stinson   studies bass McNally Smith College of Music. A graduate of the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth and Minnesota Youth Jazz Band, Aaron attended the jazz program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, performing in the pop/rock band Underdub and with the John Raymond Project. No cover but tips appreciated ($10 suggested) to support the musicians and the weekly series. Locally, he performs in multiple groups, and recently played drums in a production of   The Buddy Holly Story.   He also performed as a freelancer in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area before returning to the Twin Cities in 2015. Paul, MN who received his degree in Percussion Performance from McNally Smith College of Music in 2014. Geo has performed in New York City, Denver, Green Bay, Nashville, and beyond. Aaron has released two recordings to date:   A Symphonic Jazz Hip Hop Experience   was the tantalizing title of his debut recording with his Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra, released in 2010, bringing together a long list of young area musicians. He returned to the Twin Cities to finish his degree (in Guitar Performance) at McNally Smith College of Music, and currently performs, composes and is developing a home recording studio. Larson earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), where he studied with renowned drummer Dana Hall. As a performer, Kameron has supported artists in diverse genres across North America and has appeared on stage alongside John Swana, Jamey Aebersold, Steve Houghton, Corey Christiansen, Pat Harbison, Mike Hackett, and Luke Gillespie. Levi Schwartzberg © Andrea Canter
Levi Schwartzberg, another Minneapolis native, is in his third year at the University of Minnesota where he is majoring in physics and playing keyboards and vibraphone in U of M jazz ensembles. Full jazz schedule at www.thursdaynightjazzatreverie.info
 
 
 
 
  In addition to his college bands, Levi plays in a wide variety of local groups, including Sound Skirmish, Adam Linz’s Le Percheron, Central Standard Time, and Davu Seru’s No Territory Band, along with his own ensembles. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie Presents Julian Manzara and Aaron Hedenstrom
 
The usual format for the Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series has been pretty simple — one band at 9 pm. About two years ago, he opened an evening at the Black Dog with the debut of Ramtrack, a trio with guitarist Nordlund and trumpeter Jake Baldwin.   After graduation, Aaron moved on to the master’s degree and then the doctoral programs at the University of North Texas, serving as a Teaching Fellow, performing in the famed One O’Clock Lab Band, and accumulating a long list of Downbeat Student Awards. He’s appeared at the Black Dog with Paul Harper’s Bardo Quartet and Steve Kenny’s Central Standard Time, and at Reverie with the Lars-Erik Larson Trio. Markworth   is a graduate of Indiana University, Augsburg College, and McNally Smith College of Music, currently teaching Jazz History at Augsburg.  
Aaron Hedenstrom Trio
Aaron Hedenstrom © Andrea Canter
Born in Lesotho (Africa) and raised in the Twin Cities, saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom performs with his trio featuring bassist Kameron Markworth and drummer Lars-Erik Larson. A Minneapolis native, Julian studied at the Berklee College of Music before heading out on tour with the rock band The Lone Crows. Baker. He previously served as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University in the Jazz Studies department under the direction of the late Dr. David N. Lars maybe best known as the leader of   Mancrush, with Bryan Nichols, Brandon Wozniak, and Zacc Harris. Mancrush released its first album this spring,   Authentic Midwestern, boasting Larson’s penchant for melding the influences of folk music and modern minimalism with 21st century jazz improvisation. In addition to playing bass for the Julian Manzara Quartet, Drew is a founding member of Sound Skirmish, a quartet with Patrick Adkins, Levi Schwartzberg and Ben Ehrlich recently heard on the Jazz Central stage. Lars-Erik Larson © Andrea Canter
Lars-Erik Larson   is a drummer and composer based in St. He formed the quartet as an outlet for his original, wide-ranging compositions about one year ago, and has brought the ensemble to Jazz Central, Black Dog and Reverie.  
Julian Manzara Quartet
Julian Manzara
Guitarist and composer Julian Manzara leads a quartet of Young Lions–Levi Schwartzberg on keys, Drew Stinson on bass and Geo Randall on drums.  
Reverie Bar and Cafe is located at 1931 Nicollet, at the corner of Nicollet and Franklin on the near southside of Minneapolis. Supported through a successful Kickstarter campaign, he released   A Moment of Clarity on   Shifting Paradigm Records in 2014. He has performed at top-tier music venues and festivals nationwide including the Dakota Jazz Club, Snug Harbor, Scat Jazz Lounge, Next Generation Jazz Festival, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festivals. Curator Steve Kenny expands that format this week, presenting two bands back to back: The Julian Manzara Quartet at 9 pm, followed by the Aaron Hedenstrom Trio at approximately 10:30 pm. After completing his degree in 2012, he moved to the Twin Cities where he has played with many local bands, including the No Coast Quintet, Zacc Harris Trio, the Thomas Nordlund Group, Bryan Nichols Trio and more. Geo (Geoffrey) Randall   is a young and upcoming drummer living in St.

Andrew Walesch Big Band Celebrates Sinatra at Crooners, January 12

Andrew Walesch © Andrea Canter
Whether recording jingles, producing shows, composing and arranging, or singing as a solo artist and with big bands all over the country, Andrew Walesch is known for his unique approach to   The Great American Songbook. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, he has sung and played on the stage of The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and the legendary Chicago Theater, and has appeared on the nationally syndicated broadcast, Mountain Stage,   on NPR. Tickets $10; full bar and dining service available. www.croonersloungemn.com Andrew Walesch and his Big Band © Andrea Canter
Still in his late 20s, singer/pianist/bandleader Andrew Walesch has become a major player on the Twin Cities Jazz Scene in very short order. His Andrew Walesch Plus Nine was recorded at MPR’s Studio M and released in fall 2015. On Thursday, January 12, 7:30 pm, Walesch brings Sinatra back to Crooners. Walesch regularly appears with his trio and quartet, curates jazz at Crooners Lounge (including the intimate Dunsmore Room), and has drawn sell-out crowds to “100 Years of Sinatra” tribute with his big band.  
Crooners Lounge is located at 6161 Highway 65 NE (Central AV NE) in Fridley, just north of I-694 and about 20 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis. Andrew Walesch Big Band © Andrea Canter
Rather than channeling Sinatra, Walesch offers his own jazz interpretations of the Sinatra Songbook in “100 Years of Sinatra,” a production enhanced by his Big Band, which includes some of the area’s finest jazz musicians from all generations:   Bob Parsons (alto sax/flute/arranger), Dave Karr (tenor sax), Bruce Thornton (baritone sax/bass clarinet), Mark Bobnick (trumpet), Steve Wagner (trumpet), Dave Graf (trombone), Gary Raynor (bass), Geoff LeCrone (guitar), and Jay Epstein (drums). Reservations highly recommended. A 2010 graduate of St. In March of 2015, he premiered his highly successful conception, “100 Years of Sinatra,” to two sold-out audiences at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in the Twin Cities with the Andrew Walesch Big Band, and has since performed the show at Crooners, the Dakota, and back at Chanhassan.

Jazz Central All Stars Celebrate Horace Silver, January 13

Joining saxophonist Haining will be Steve Kenny on trumpet, Ted Godbout on piano, Chris Bates on bass and Jazz Central director Mac Santiago on drums. Among many projects, he has performed with What Would Monk Do, the Cedar Avenue Big Band, and Larry McDonough’s quintet (tribute to Chet Baker) as well as leading several editions of his own quartet. With support from a state arts board grant, he curated the ten-week “All Originals” jazz series at Studio Z for two summer seasons, continuing with a shortened schedule in summer 2016. Full schedule at http://jazzcentralstudios.org
 
 
 
  He founded the Explosion Big Band with Scott Agster in 2012. A versatile and active musician, Ted performs frequently as a jazz pianist and classical accompanist, as well as in funk, R&B, and rock bands. It gets in your blood easily; you can comprehend it easily. Chris studied at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and later with Anthony Cox, was an original member of the Motion Poets, and a 1999 McKnight Composer Fellow. John’s University and an M.M. Horace Silver (credit unknown, All About Jazz)
Have no fear of Friday the 13th — at least not at Jazz Central Studios. He’s also known as co-founder of the Illicit Sextet, an ensemble popular in the 1990s before taking a long hiatus, and back in action for the past six years. “I often teach his compositions to my piano students who may not be familiar with jazz yet, as they lay really well on the piano, and have strong blues and gospel roots.”
 
Jazz Central All Stars
Doug Haining © Andrea Canter
Saxophonist/clarinetist Doug Haining is well known throughout the metro area for his swinging contributions to a long list of ensembles, as well as leading the Explosion Big Band with Scott Agster (performing monthly at Jazz Central), and leader of his popular smaller band, the Twin Cities Seven. Mac is author of   Beyond the Metronome, a text for both student and experienced musicians. Showtime 8-10 pm. “Horace Silver’s melodies are often fun and singable,” she told Jazz Police. In fall 2014 he launched the weekly Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, and in spring 2015, brought a similar series (Friday Night Jazz) to The Nicollet, recently rebranded and rescheduled as Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie. Soon he was playing at the Blue Note, and became a long-time recording artist for Blue Note Records, performing and recording with Getz, Lester Young, Miles Davis and Art Blakey. In addition to his long tenure with the Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra, he has played short stints with Red Wolfe’s Ellington Echoes and the Hall Brothers. After graduating from Idaho State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music, he toured for a few years before moving to the Twin Cities in 1983. Donation of $10 requested to support the venue and musicians.  
Jazz Central Studios is a nonprofit music and education space located at 407 Central SE in Minneapolis. It’s very rooted, very soulful.” Twin Cities pianist/educator Laura Caviani also regards Silver as a favorite. More recently Doug has been a member of the BellaGala Big Band and the ensembles Three Flights Up and Corner Jazz; he is often heard in local pit orchestras and performed in the recent production of The Soul of Gershwin at Park Square Theater. It sticks to the memory; it’s very singable. Steve Kenny © Andrea Canter
Steve Kenny studied at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. “Discovered” by Stan Getz, Silver moved to New York in the 1950s where he switched his focus to piano. Mac Santiago © Andrea Canter
Drummer   Mac Santiago   is a familiar figure to Twin Cities jazz audiences as well as musicians. He recently revived another vibes trio, Low Blows, launched a trio with Joe Strachan and Matt Buckner (now with Miguel Hurtado), and curates a monthly improvisation series at Jazz Central, one Wednesday night per month. A graduate of the music program at St. It’s a FLUMPET™– a hybrid trumpet/flugelhorn.  
Horace Silver (1928-2014)
Horace Silver © Alan Nahigian
Considered the founder of “hard bop” –melding jazz, R&B and gospel, Horace Silver started out on tenor saxophone, playing in clubs in his native Connecticut. And that instrument he plays? His resume includes performing with Steve Allen, Don Rickles, Bob Hope and more, and with the orchestras for such touring shows as West Side Story, Cats, and A Chorus Line. Olaf College, where he studied classical clarinet, Haining has performed professionally for nearly 40 years. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.”
Bassist Christian McBride regarded Silver as favorite, telling NPR that “Horace Silver’s music has always represented what jazz musicians preach but don’t necessarily practice, and that’s simplicity. Currently on faculty at Chaska Music Studios and Augsburg College, Ted leads his own trio and appears regularly with PaviElle, Katia Cardenas, BDP, Nick Syman, and the Bill Simenson Orchestra. He holds a B.A. Steve has received a Minnesota Music Award, West Bank School of Music Jazz Composer award, and multiple honors as Best Jazz Trumpet at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. He was one of four jazz artists to be awarded a composition commission from Zeitgeist, which was premiered at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and with Atlantis Quartet, shares a recent McKnight grant. in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Led by Doug Haining, the Jazz Central All Stars salute the great pianist and composer, Horace Silver. With pianist Tanner Taylor, Mac established Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis in 2010, a nonprofit setting for teaching, recording, and performing. Doug   founded the Twin Cities Seven in 1999, for which he writes compositions and arrangements. A native of California and son of the late percussionist Luis Santiago, he has been playing music professionally since age 16. Bassist Chris Bates is one of the area’s busiest artists, performing with the Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, Framework, Leisure Valley, How Birds Work, Tall Tales, Bill Simenson Orchestra, Adam Meckler Orchestra, and many other cutting edge ensembles in addition to his own Good Vibes Trio and Red 5. Over his career, Mac has played in just about every possible configuration and genre, from touring with British rock band Badfinger to playing with area jazz, salsa, country and R&B bands; he’s performed in pit orchestras of the Guthrie and Minnesota Opera, with blues legend Mojo Buford, Grover Washington, Jr., Doc Severinsen, Dallas Brass, Savion Glover, Jack McDuff, Paul Bollenback, Dick Oatts and more. Ted also serves as Director of Music at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN. On All Things Considered (NPR),
Walter Ray Watson said, “As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. He’s often on the bandstand backing veterans and newcomers alike, and co-leads the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with such notable artists and groups as Ron Miles, Mark Colby, and the Harry James Orchestra. The Doug Haining Quintet released Last Man Swinging in 2011, and in April 2012 performed a tribute to Cannonball Adderley at the Artists Quarter as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Jazz From J to Z series. Ted Godbout @Andrea Canter
Pianist   Ted Godbout   has been building a reputation as a sympathetic accompanist for area vocalists as well as a creative composer and bandleader. in Music – Piano Performance from St.