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“What I came back to is that jazz is a music to be played and not to be intellectualized on.” - Gerry Mulligan
 Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Rebirth Brass Band Head North to Minneapolis, Chicago, and Evanston 4/1-3 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Rebirth Brass Band, photo by Jeffrey Dupuis

Heading up-river from their hone in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Rebirth Brass Band will warm audiences in Minneapolis and Chicago this week with appearances at the Dakota in Minneapolis on Wednesdat, Appril 1st, at the Promontory in Chicago on Thursday, April 2nd; and on Friday, April 1st at SPACE in Evanston. Committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show, their signature brand of heavy funk has placed at the pinnacle of all brass bands. With their rejuvination of the brass band genre and their activity in the post-Katrina New Orleans community, Rebirth is a cultural and musical force.
Chris Potter's Underground Quartet at the Dakota, April 2 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

 "One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet" - Downbeat

I’ve had the chance to learn a lot from all the leaders that I’ve worked with. Each gave me another perspective on how to organize a band and make a statement. It’s taught me that any approach can work, as long as you have a strong vision of what you want to do.” -- Chris Potter

Chris Potter © Andrea Canter
Winner of the IAJE Young Talent award for saxophone at age 12, a protégé of Marian McPartland by 15, a member of the Red Rodney band while still in his teens, piling up recordings as both leader and sideman while still in his 20s, and now regarded as one of the biggest guns in modern jazz saxophone, Chris Potter is one prodigy who has lived up to his early billing. Most recently in the Twin Cities with the Dave Holland Quintet (2010), Potter finally returns to the Dakota on April 2 with his acclaimed electric quartet, Underground, rescheduled from February due to one of the season's East Coast storms. Configured with bass this round instead of keyboards, Underground includes Adam Rogers on guitar, Fima Ephron on bass, and Nate Smith on drums.

True to her Brazilian DNA: Eliane Elias at the Dakota March 31 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
She can be lusty and discreet, openly hip and lazily reflective. She can make you sway and reduce you to tears, often simultaneously.” –Rex Reed, New York Observer
Eliane Elias

One of the most prized Brazilian exports since coffee, five-time Grammy nominee Eliane Elias returns to the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis on March 31st for just one night, two shows. Widely acclaimed as a pianist, vocalist, and composer, Elias blurs the boundaries between Brazilian, jazz, and classical zxs, but it's her Brazilian roots that are on full display as she tours in celebration of her new recording, aptly titled Made in Brazil (Concord). Officially the CD release coincides with her show at the Dakota.

Tom Harrell Quintet at the Village Vanguard 3/31-4/4 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

Tom Harrell © Andrea Canter

Hailed by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, trumpeter Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Each of his albums has found its way onto various critics "Top Ten" lists worldwide.  Harrel's new quintet featuring Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Charles Altura on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and  Johnathan Blake perform at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, March 31st through Sunday, April 4th. $30.
Tierney Sutton and Mark Summer -- Back with More Joni Mitchell at the Dakota, March 29 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
(Tierney Sutton) “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.”-- The New York Times

"Sutton-as-singer and Mitchell-as-muse are like fine wine and cheese: they're two tasty delicacies that pair well together."-- Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz)

Tierney Sutton and Kevin Axt © Andrea Canter
From Wisconsin to Berklee to the Oak Room, Tierney Sutton’s career has been on a steady upward trajectory. Considered one of the most accomplished singers on the modern jazz scene, Sutton's 2013 Grammy-nominated Joni Mitchell project, After Blue, inspired her 2014 tour with cellist Mark Summer, who appears on the album with Sutton and his Turtle Island String Quartet colleagues. Last summer, Sutton, Summer and Parisian guitarist Serge Merlaud celebrated Mitchell as well as re-arrangements of standards and Summer's solo repertoire at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis. But one night was not enough, and the they're all back for another round on Sunday, March 29th, providing another dose of Joni Mitchell and very likely, some songs from Sutton's most recent release, the Grammy-nominated Paris Sessions.

SFJazz presents Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tomasz Stanko

Polish trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko always keeps company with the most formidable young players on the scene. Dividing his time between Warsaw and New York City, he’s recorded a series of taut, lyrically expansive sessions for ECM, alternating between emerging European stars and heavyweight Gotham improvisers. Stanko’s current ECM recording Wislawa is inspired by the poetry of Wisława Symborska, the Polish poet, essayist and Nobel Laureate. The all-star New York Quartet he brings to SFJazz ECM Jazz Fest includes pianist David Virelles, drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Reuben Rogers. They appear on Sunday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. at SF Jazz Center. This is almost sold-out, to get your tickets now.
The 20th Annual Other Minds Festival: Don Byron Quartet and the Creative Spirit E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

Don Byron Quartet ©Ken Vermes

One of the most unusual and creative of music events in the Bay Area is the Other Minds Festival, a yearly celebration of “unexpected music,” as the sumptuous program noted. Charles Amirkhanian is the co-founder (with Jim Newman) and Executive Artistic Director of an event that looks to individuals like the late John Cage and the avant-garde tradition of classical music for its inspiration. Jazz performers have played a role in this event over the years with the appearances of Sam Rivers, Hafez Modrizadeh, and others.

Talent Indestructible: Ashley Daneman ("Beauty Indestructible," 2014) E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   


Beauty Indestructible

"I believe in the indestructible beauty of people and of life. No matter what may happen, we are redeemable.  That is the message of this album." --Ashley Daneman

“…an uncompromising concoction of subtle and intimate jazz with a touch of hipster singer-songwriter.” --West Michigan Jazz Society


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