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"I want to be involved with music that is truly honest - that's not trying to follow trends or fit into someone's idea about what jazz 'is'. For Bird, Miles, Monk, Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter, I hold the highest level of appreciation because their love and knowledge of tradition was never greater than their need to follow their own path. The need to be themselves. This is my goal - my aspiration - to acknowledge with love my influences while attempting a move forward - to be open and receptive to shifts in the musical terrain - to make music that is relevant to my present day experience" - Ravi Coltrane
 Saturday, 10 October 2015
Larry Coryell Runs the Indo Fusion Style Like No Other E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   
Larry Coryell Ken Vermes

In two back-to-back concerts, guitarist Larry Coryell reminded Californians why he has always been a favorite, and why as a guitarist he is still capable of holding the flame of improvisational power that he demonstrated at the very beginning of his career. It was back in 1967, nearly fifty years ago, when an album by Gary Burton with Steve Swallow, Roy Haynes and Larry was purchased by both rock and jazz fans who settled back to listen to what was jazz of a very different variety. It featured a guitar player who had the chops and personality to include rock phrases in his playing in a seemingly sweeping style that announced that there were no holds barred. The melodies could be abstract, but the musical flow was enchanting, mystical and haunting. The vibes and guitar were bell-like, with a very open style that belied the driving blues-based playing that has dominated the jazz guitar vocabulary for years, both then and now. Right from the start, Larry Coryell was determined to put a stamp of originality on his playing. That drive, for the new and fresh sounds, is still very much with him, and his Duster is still a very beautiful and even hypnotic album, filled with songs that in many ways perfectly capture an era full of freedom and powerful musical impulses.

Phil Hey Quartet Debuts at Crooners' Lounge, October 13 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Phil Hey Quartet Andrea Canter

“The PHQ is a true, seasoned ensemble laying down a musical vision with common purpose.”—Pat Courtemanche

Twin Cities jazz fans may not always appreciate our great fortune—to live in a community blessed with some of the finest musicians in the country, artists who have played with such legends as Charlie Rouse, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Benny Carter, Jay McShann, and Dewey Redman. Count drummer Phil Hey among our local giants! And count his Phil Hey Quartet among our local treasurers, long associated with the Artists Quarter and now finding other venues from which to launch their musical fireworks. On October 13, the PHQ makes its debut at Crooners Lounge, on the new Tuesday Instrumental Jazz series. Music begins at 7 pm, and as always, there is no cover at Crooners.

Low Blows Rejuvenated! At the Black Dog with Central Standard Time, October 10 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Steve Kenny Andrea Canter

A popular if infrequent trio on the local jazz scene in the late 90s-early 00s, Low Blows returns to the stage on Saturday, October 10, as part of the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series. Featuring vibes master Dave Hagedorn and the brothers Bates--Chris on bass and JT on drums-- Low Blows will follow an opening set from the fluid cast of Central Standard Time, tonight featuring a young vibes master, Levi Schwartzberg, along with series curator Steve Kenny on Flumpet™, Ted Olsen on bass and Matt Buckner on drums.

A "Bottomless Pit" of Talent at The Nicollet, October 9 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Bottomless Pit Andrea Canter

Guitarist Joel Shapira has been busy lately. In addition to his frequent solo gigs, quartet, and pairing with vocalist Charmin Michelle ("Charmin and Shapira"), Joel has performed regularly at the Dakota with the expanded Charmin and Shapira and Friends, released a guitar duo recording with New Yorker Jack DeSalvo and another with Dean Granros, recorded during the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Last January, he assembled a blazing quartet which debuted as the headliner on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, and has since appeared at other venues including The Nicollet. Returning now to The Nicollet on the Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet series, Bottomless Pit will perform in tandem with visual artist Tim Nyberg, who will create one or more paintings inspired by the music. All stars in their own right, band members include guitarist Shapira, saxophonist Pete Whitman, bassist Matt Peterson (filling in for usual bassist Tom Lewis), and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt.

Homecoming, the Laurence Hobgood Trio at the Green Mill 10/9/10 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

Laurence Hobgood Andrea Canter

Contemporary virtuoso pianist, collaborator, composer, arranger, producer, educator Laurence Hobgood returns to the Green Mill with his trio on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th. Perhaps best known as musical director for singer Kurt Elling from 1995-2013 Hobgood played on, composed/arranged for and co-produced ten of Elling’s CDs (six for Blue Note and four for Concord), each Grammy® nominated. 2009’s “Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane and Hartman”, recorded live at Lincoln Center, won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Jazz Record, with Hobgood receiving one of the coveted statues for his work as producer.

Third Stream Dream Team: Tom Harrell's "First Impressions" and Quintet at the Village Vanguard E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tom Harrell Andrea Canter

Trumpeter/composer, Tom Harrell is known for his superb lyricism and poetry in his playing and writing.  With his nine-piece chamber ensemble, Harrell interprets the works of Debussy and Ravel and blurs the boundaries between jazz and classical music. This ensemble includes the members of his working band of over 10 years - Wayne Escoffery, Danny Grissett, Ugonna Okegwo, and Johnathan Blake; a notable jazz woodwind player, Charles Pillow on flutes; and three string players who are equally adept at classical and jazz repertoires — Meg Okura (violin), Rubin Kodheli (cello), and Rale Micic (guitar). They play the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, October 6th through Sunday, October 11th and Harrell returns the following week with his Quintet 0n Tuesday, October 13th through Sunday, October 18th

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