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"I visited New York in '63, intending to move there, but I noticed that what I valued about jazz was being discarded. I ran into `out-to-lunch' free jazz, and the notion that groove was old-fashioned. All around the United States, I could see jazz becoming linear, a horn-player's world. It made me realize that we were not jazz musicians; we were territory musicians in love with all forms of African-American music. All of the musicians I loved were territory musicians, deeply into blues and gospel as well as jazz. " - Joe Sample
 
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Javier Santiago: Home at The Nicollet, April 17 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Once a teen prodigy playing piano around the Twin Cities, Javier Santiago went on to study for two years at the acclaimed Brubeck Institute and ultimately graduate from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. He's been keeping busy on the New York scene, but this spring is taking a breather back home in Minneapolis and playing at such venues as Jazz Central, Crooners, and now The Nicollet, this Friday, April 17. He's joined by a formidable band including Zacc Harris, Yohannes Tona, and Miguel Hurtado.

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Young Lions, Seasoned Veterans at the Black Dog, April 18 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
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Dean Granros © Andrea Canter

Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog offers two different bands each week, usually a new configuration or relatively "new" artists opening at 7 pm, followed by a veteran band at 8:30 pm. On Saturday, April 18, the doubleheader features an opening set from McNally Smith student Lucia Sarmiento and her band, followed by a quartet made up of some of the area's most esteemed veterans-- Dean Granros, Steve Kenny, Ron Evaniuk and Alden Ikeda.

 

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One World Consort and JP Jofre at Studio Z, UW-River Falls (April 17-19) E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
  "Juan Pablo [Jofre] is tremendously talented. His composition is less familiar than Piazzolla, but equally absorbing. They don’t make bandoneons anymore, but apparently they still make great bandoneon players.” -- New York Latin Culture

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One World Consort © Andrea Canter

A year after their Twin Cities concert debut, the One World Consort will again celebrate Earth Day with a concert in St Paul at Studio Z on April 17, and in River Falls on April 19, featuring special guest, Argentinian bandoneonist J.P. Jofre. Jofre will also perform on April 18 with the UW-RF Jazz Ensemble. Led by acclaimed saxophonist/educator David Milne, the One World Consort is a double quartet merging a classical string quartet and jazz quartet playing a repertoire of ethnic world folk music transcribed for this ensemble. The One World Consort seeks to promote the preservation of Earth's natural resources and the indigenous music traditions of world cultures.

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Ann Hampton Callaway Brings Streisand to Orchestra Hall, April 17 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
"She has a powerful storytelling quality, enriched by her strong sense of swing, her imaginative improvisational skills and her rare ability to enrich her interpretations with colorful tonal variations." (Los Angeles Times)

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Ann Hampton Callaway does it all—she sings, she plays piano, she writes songs, she does Broadway. And she does it all so darn well. One of the most versatile artists in jazz and pop, Callaway is one of the most credible interpreters of the Great American Songbook as well as one of cabaret’s most creative entertainers. On April 17 at 8 pm, Callaway returns to Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, joining the Minnesota Orchestra and guest conductor Aram Demirjian with a tribute to her mentor, Barbra Streisand. And she's uniquely qualified to present Streisand's music, having written songs for seven of Barbra's latest recordings, including “I’ve Dreamed of You,” which Streisand sang at her wedding to James Brolin.

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Tammy Hall Scores the Perfect Set at SFJAZZ E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   
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There is the no-hitter, the perfect game, the hole-in-one, and my favorite, the golden set in tennis. All these “perfects” occur in music as well. Yet to our knowledge, no one has named this phenomena. How about just stealing that tennis accolade, the “golden set," the achievement of a musical “set” that starts and finishes in the special dimension of life that few people on the planet ever occupy: absolute perfection.

Tammy Lynne Hall is a pianist who spends most of her time playing behind Bay Area singers and others. In this role, she is often in the background, while the lead performer gets all of the notice. Of course this has begun to change as performers such as Pamela Rose, for example, have made a special point of emphasizing that Tammy plays an essential role in many of these gigs. She is not just playing the chords and soloing, but also running the band, adjusting the music, and analyzing the arrangements for possible improvements among many other chores. This is the role so many pianists play, especially for singers. In a recent performance by Cecil McLorin Salvant streamed live from Lincoln Center, it was the pianist Aaron Diehl watching and listening to every note of the tribute to Billie Holiday.

 

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The David Berkman Quartet at the Green Mill 4/17-18 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

 

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David Berkman © Andrea Canter

“Mr. Berkman is on the extremely smart end of the post-1960s mainstream...spinning off new dialects from a... traditional language play(ing) with moderate aggression, swinging hard in his phrasing, he always burrows in, finding transcendence.” - Ben Ratliff, New York Times

Brilliant jazz pianist and composer David Berkman has been dazzling serious jazz fans for a few decades now. He brings his current working ensemble, the David Berkman Quartet featuring saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Johnathan Blake to the Green Mill in Chicago on Friday, April 17th and Saturday. April 18th. Catch this stellar group if you can, you with not be disappointed.

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The James Carter Organ Trio at Birdland 4/14/-18 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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James Carter © Andrea Canter

James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role in helping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past twenty-five years. His music is fueled by deep respect and intimate knowledge of the jazz tradition.  James Cater's organ trio  features Gerard GIbbs on Hammond B3 Organ, and Dr. Professor Leonard King, Jr. on drums and will appear at Birdland on Tuesday, April 14th through Saturday, April 18th. They will be joined by special guest vocalist Miche Braden in tribute to Billie Holiday on Tuesday and Saturday only.

 

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Chris Potter Takes Charge at SFJAZZ E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   
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Chris Potter © Andrea Canter

There is a reason that the saxophone has been one of the most dominant instruments in the history of jazz. Its range, timbre, flexibility, and long history in the music gives it a dynamic hard to match. It isn’t that there have not been great pianists, trumpeters, bass players, and the rest. But when sax players take charge, master the instrument, and propel themselves to the head of the class, it can be said that there is cause for a major celebration. Such moments are rare in any art. In music they happen when one player, or an entire band, creates a sense of peak effort that is sustained and memorable beyond any others like it. There are many fans of this music who never see any moments like these. And they were a lot more frequent when the great masters were on the planet, such as August 12, 1958 when the “Great Day in Harlem” photo was created, for example. Or in the time when one could walk the jazz listeners' paradise on 52nd Street in New York City.

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