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“I’m all in favor of getting grants for musicians. Or any other good brand of Scotch.” - Pepper Adams
 
 Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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New Edition of the Dakota Combo Announced for 2014-15 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Dakota Combo, 9th Edition (Back Row L-R) Charlie Lincoln, Sam Roberto, Peter Goggin, Jordan Anderson (Front L-R) Adam Astrup, Luke Peterson ©Andrea Canter
 

The MacPhail Center for Music and the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) announce the 9th edition of The Dakota Combo. Selected through open auditions in early September, the Combo is a band of exceptional high school student musicians who rehearse and perform throughout the year under the direction of acclaimed bassist Adam Linz. The Combo is a MacPhail program with funding provided by the DFJE.

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Matt Wilson's 50th Birthday Celebration With a Who's Who of Jazz at Dizzy's 10/2-5 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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Matt Wilson © Andrea Canter


Grammy nominee Matt Wilson will celebrate his 50th birthday with four nights of concerts at Dizzy's in New York. Each night Matt will be behind the drum kit with a different stellar band. On Thursday, October 2nd  Arts and Crafts performs - which also features Terell Stafford on trumpet, James Weidman on B3/piano, Martin Wind on bass. On Friday, October 3rd the Matt Wilson Quartet featuring Jaleel Shaw, Ray Anderson, and Aaron Diehl performs along with Topsy Turvy which includes Tia Fuller, Curtis Fowlkes, Aaron Diehl,  Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knuffke, and Chris Lightcap. On Saturday, October 4th Matt performs with Joe Lovan, Mary Halvorson, Stefon Harris, and Peter Washington. And on Sunday, October 5th Matt performs with Geri Allen and Buster Williams.
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Larry Coryell--Victor Bailey--Lenny White Trio at the Dakota, September 30-October 1 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Larry Coryell©Andrea Canter
 

"Coryell jams with joyous abandon, mixing blues, rock, soul, and complex jazz phrases as only an old ’60s master can." - Pete Prown, Vintage Guitar

Dubbed the "Godfather of Fusion," multi-faceted guitarist Larry Coryell returns to the Dakota, once again in the company of fellow working legends. On this tour, Coryell teams up with bassist Victor Bailey (Weather Report) and drummer Lenny White, settling in for two nights, September 30-October 1.

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Twin Cities Jazz Festival Brings Jon Weber, Francisco Mela to the Dakota, September 29 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Jon Weber ©Andrea Canter
 

On Monday, September 29, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival brings two of its most popular performers together  for a night at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis. Jon Weber, who has been heard in the role of "house pianist" for much of the past decade, and drummer Francisco Mela, who has been heard with Joe Lovano's Us Five, Melissa Aldana's Crash Trio, and his own Cuban Safari, pair up for an exciting evening -- and tickets are only $10!  Hosted by jazz fest director Steve Heckler, the evening will also provide the opportunity to learn more about the festival, make a voluntary donation, and hear what Steve promises will be an "exciting announcement about the 2015 festival," which will be held June 25-27 in and around Mears Park in Saint Paul. He's already announced that Mela will serve as the festival's Artistic Director.

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Attention Young Jazz Artists: Applications Open for Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

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Betty Carter
 

Under the direction of Jason Moran, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., presents Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, an international jazz residency, performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats.  The two-week program—for which there is no tuition or application fee—identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artist-composers in their mid-teens to age 25, and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who coach and counsel them, helping to polish their performance, composing and arranging skills. Daily workshops and rehearsals culminate in three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, broadcast live over the Internet.

 

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The World of Steven Hobert: Improvising Through "Ocean Eyes" E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
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Ocean Eyes

"My vision is to create an authentic expression of my passion & play through music and let it sing out into the world." --Steven Hobert

Steven Hobert is one of those musicians that tends to stun you when you hear him because he typically flies under the radar. We hear him on piano with the Adam Meckler Orchestra, on accordion with Lulu's Playground, but rarely as leader or interpreter of his own creations. He played a solo set during the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, which provided a preview of some of the bold original works and spontaneous improvisations that form the bulk of the material on his new recording, Ocean Eyes. It's a release that should open eyes, and ears, to one of the more creative minds in the region. And the release will be celebrated this weekend, in Eau Claire (September 19) and St Paul (September 20).

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The 2014 Montreal Jazz Liturgy and Dialogic Sessions E-mail
Written by Sheila Horne Mason; Photographs by Kevin R. Mason   

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Rev. Peter Woods
 

Each year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presents an abundance of musical offerings, and inspires several of jazz-related events in the city. (See general review of the 2014 festival.)

The Fourth Annual Jamming at St. James—A Jazz Liturgy

Jamming at St. James, the jazz liturgy held on Sunday, June 29 at Montréal’s historic St. James United Church, was started by respected Canadian educator Professor Norman Cornett. Professor Cornett’s numerous activities kept him from hosting this year, although he was in attendance.  The service started with “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” which initially seemed like a surprising choice for a liturgy. This year’s host, Reverend Peter Woods (who did double duty on the saxophone), explained that he had once played it at a funeral, because the deceased had wanted that song. The congregation got a good laugh, realizing just how appropriate the song was for the occasion! During the liturgy, Cantor Stephanie Hradsky added her beautiful voice to the proceedings.

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Monterey must-sees: our Top Six picks for the 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival and why E-mail
Written by Pamela Espeland   
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Cecile McLorin Salvant by John Abbott
 
 
Deciding to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival is easy, especially once you’ve been there. It only takes one time to fall in love with the music, the ambience, and the setting, a WPA-era fairgrounds with winding paths and mature trees and a mixture of buildings that three weeks ago hosted the Monterey County Fair, complete with pig races. This will be our 10th consecutive year at the longest continuously running jazz festival in the world, co-founded in 1958 by Jimmy Lyons and Ralph J. Gleason with a big helping hand from Dave Brubeck, who paved the way by performing for the Monterey City Council in 1957 with his quartet. He charmed them, then graced the festival 15 times in 55 years.

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