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Stan Getz “There are four qualities essential to a great jazzman. They are taste, courage, individuality, and irreverence. These are the qualities I want to retain in my music.” - Stan Getz
 Sunday, 25 January 2015
Grammy-Winning Vocalist Dianne Reeves at the Dakota, January 27-28 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Dianne Reeves (Detroit Jazz Festival)©Andrea Canter

When four-time Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Reeves headlined the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, she demonstrated much more than her outstanding voice and creativity -- she showed us her flexibility and sense of humor as well. The band arrived without luggage (i.e., without wardrobe), and then had to made the quick move from Mears Park to the Amsterdam when rain washed out the festival stages. Unruffled, Reeves put on a memorable show for a packed-like-sardines audience. This week, she will hopefully have a much better travel experience and there is little chance of flooding at the Dakota. With her 2014 release, Beautiful Life, up for another Grammy, Reeves will perform four sets over two nights, January 27-28. These will be intimate sets, supported by a trio featuring Peter Martin on piano, Reginald Veal on bass, and Terreon Gully on drums.

Twin Cities Jazz Community Celebrates Leigh Kamman on January 25 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   


Leigh Kamman©Andrea Canter

On Sunday, January 25,  4-8 pm at the Saint Paul Hotel, members of the Twin Cities Jazz Community will come together to celebrate the life of renowned broadcaster and jazz show host Leigh Kamman. Kamman passed away in October 2014 at age 92 after a career spanning more than 70 years, including serving as host of  National Public Radio's The Jazz Image and as one of the most prolific interviewers in the history of jazz.  This celebration/tribute is presented by Kamman's family in collaboration with Jazz88 (KBEM), Minnesota Public Radio, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Jazz Central Studios, numerous Twin Cities’ jazz nonprofit organizations, jazz presenters, musicians, and other long-time supporters. Over the first four hours, a long list of area musicians will donate their time to perform short sets (see schedule below); a jam session will end the evening. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $20. Funds raised will go toward completing a project archiving Leigh's many interviews.

Arts for Art Presents: BlackLivesMatter: 8 Days of Free Jazz, Poetry, Dance and Art E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Henry Grimes © Peter Gannushkin

Arts for Art Presents January Pop-Up series BlackLivesMatter 8 days of Free Jazz, poetry, dance, and visual art honoring the memory of Amiri Baraka & Roy Campbell. Friday, January 23 through Friday, January 30, 2015 at Abrazo Interno Gallery at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. There will b three sets each night beginning at 7:00 pm. Admission for one set: $11 / two sets: $16 / 3 sets: $22 / 8-day pass $100; Students/Seniors, one set: $8 / two sets: $12 / three sets: $16. This event also features an art opening on Sunday 1/25 featuring paintings by Dick Griffin and photos by Michael Wilderman and Ellen Davidson.
Pharoah Sanders Performs Four Nights at SFJAZZ E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   


Pharoah Sanders courtesy of SF Jazz

Pharoah Sanders came to San Francisco for four sold-out shows, January 8-11 at the SFJAZZ Center,  receiving what may be some of the warmest and most appreciative responses from any audience in his career. The love fest for this seventy-four-year-old alum of the early John Coltrane bands and veteran of avant-garde saxophone was of even greater significance, as it followed the recent Coltrane tribute concerts that featured Ravi Coltrane, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the album, Love Supreme.

2015 Iowa City Jazz Festival: A Feast of Modern Jazz, July 2-4 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Charles Lloyd©Andrea Canter

"I've dreamed of having Charles Lloyd play our festival since I became involved many years ago. That dream will be realized in July, 2015." -- Don Thompson, Iowa City Jazz Festival Committee Chair

Celebrating 25 years, the Iowa City Jazz Festival announced its 2015 line-up -- and it's a who's who in modern jazz, featuring internationally renowned headliners Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Douglas, Julian Lage, Ben Allison, Ron Miles, and Charles Lloyd. Rising stars abound as well, with Grammy nominated B-3 organist Brian Charette, widely acclaimed vocalist Becca Stevens, New York's KROM, and in multiple supporting roles throughout the festival, drummer Rudy Royston. Held July 2-4 on the famed Pentacrest lawn in the heart of the University of Iowa campus, the festival includes side stages along adjacent Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street (with bands playing between sets on the main stage), Culinary Row, FunZone, Artists Booths, and concessions; the Iowa City public fireworks display will take place following the final Main Stage set Saturday night. And new this year, in place of the late night jam sessions, concerts will be held at the Englert Theater on Friday (Ron Miles) and Saturday (KROM) nights.

LA Beat: Patty Peterson and Friends With Ricky Peterson at Catalina's Jazz Club E-mail
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   

Patty Peterson ©Andrea Canter

Patty Peterson is a very talented lady from the "First Family of Music" in Minneapolis, MN.   A radio personality and motivational speaker for special humanitarian projects, as a vocalist she has performed to sold-out audiences around the country, has won the coveted Minnesota Music Award seven times, and recently was inducted into the Mid-America Hall of Fame.  She has four solo albums to her credit featuring Shelia E., David Hazeltine and Ira Sullivan, as well as renowned brothers Billy, Paul and Ricky Peterson. This was Patty's first appearance at Catalina's, although she has performed previously in LA, at the Jazz Bakery and Vitello's.     

Our two cents in the 2014 Twin Cities Music Critics Tally, with reasons why E-mail
Written by Pamela Espeland   
The cover of the Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio self-titled debut recording
For the past few years, Chris Riemenschneider, local music columnist and reporter at the Minneapolis StarTribune, has invited me to join the annual Twin Cities Music Critics Tally, in which a bunch of us post our Top 10 lists of local releases and our "No. 1 sign the local music scene was alive and well" during the year in review.


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