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 Wednesday, 02 September 2015
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    Dave King Trucking Company at the Icehouse, September 7 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 01 September 2015
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    Dave King with Eric Fratzke Andrea Canter

    Peel any page from Dave King’s touring calendar and you’ll likely see gigs with The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, the Dave King Trio and Halloween, Alaska. Or the Dave King Trucking Company. The DKTC was launched in 2010 during a two-night King extravaganza at the Walker Art Center. On Labor Day, September 7, King and his full Minnesota-New York hybrid company hold a meltdown at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, at 8 pm, part of the weekly Jazz Implosion series curated by JT Bates. Joining the drummer will be New York reedman Chris Speed and Minnesota native, New York-based bassist Chris Morrissey, along with Minnesotans Brandon Wozniak on saxes and Erik Fratzke on guitar.

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    What Would Monk Do? Play at the Black Dog, September 5 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 01 September 2015
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    Steve Kenny Andrea Canter

    What would have happened if eccentric genius Thelonious Monk had encountered four of the best Twin Cities jazzmen? Trumpeter Steve Kenny, pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Billy Peterson and drummer Kenny Horst first asked that question in 2010 at the Artists Quarter, and the quartet has gathered together more often over the past six months. On September 5th, the Black Dog welcomes back the original What Would Monk Do to the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, with an exciting opening band dubbed "VVG" (very very groovy) featuring a brood of young lion college students-- Josh Johnson, Levi Schwartzberg, DeCarlo Jackson and Ben Beyene.

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    The Phil Aaron/Zacc Harris Quartet: New Band, Veteran Musicians at The Nicollet, September 4 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 01 September 2015
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    Phil Aaron Andrea Canter

    There are a number of cross-generational ensembles on the Twin Cities Jazz scene, bringing their combinations of experience and modern energy to the bandstand. Such is the Phil Aaron/Zacc Harris Quartet, although the "young" half of the band--guitarist Harris and bassist Matt Peterson--have already established their credentials over the past decade and are among the area's busiest and best. Joining Harris, Peterson and pianist Phil Aaron will be another well-respected veteran, drummer Jay Epstein. They make their maiden voyage Friday night, September 4, on the Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet series, at 9 pm.

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    Jon Weber, Connie Evingson in the Lounge and the Jungle! PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 31 August 2015

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    Jon Weber Andrea Canter

    The holiday weekend gets off to an early start for New York-based pianist Jon Weber and Twin Cities-based vocalist Connie Evingson. Forming a musical partnership a few years ago, the two have since paired up for several productions at the Jungle Theater. This week, Jon joins Connie for her monthly Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club (September 2) and again on Sunday (September 6) for two shows at the Jungle Theater celebrating the music of David Frishberg ("Fresh Frish"). In-between, Jon journeys "From Joplin to Jarrett" at the Dakota Jazz Club (September 4).

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    Tanner Taylor Launches New Instrumental Series at Crooners Lounge, September 1 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 29 August 2015
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    Tanner Taylor Andrea Canter

    One of the most popular and active musicians in the Twin Cities over the past decade, pianist Tanner Taylor had accompanied a long list of vocalists as well as collaborating with an even longer list of instrumentalists, including top-shelf touring artists, when he relocated to Iowa last summer. But a new address hasn't diminished his local reputation or demands for his talents. The former co-director of Jazz Central Studios returns to the Twin Cities to help launch a new Tuesday Night instrumental jazz series at Crooners Lounge in Fridley on September 1 (7 pm). His trio will include Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein.

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    Terence Blanchard's E-Collective at the Dakota, August 31 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 28 August 2015
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    "A trumpeter of expressive urgency and a composer of expansive vision. " — The New York Times


    Few jazz musicians have received Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Trumpeter/ composer and five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard’s resume also includes tenure with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, scoring films for Spike Lee, and a long list of acclaimed recordings, including his Grammy-winning requiem for Hurricane Katrina, A Tale of God’s Will. DownBeat Artist of the Year in 2000, former Artistic Director for the Thelonious Monk Institute in New Orleans, and now Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami, Blanchard returns to the Dakota with a new electronic project, his E-Collective, on August 31 (7 and 9 pm).

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    Colors of His Soul -- Dean Sorenson and Sextet Celebrate Debut Recording at the Black Dog, August 29 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 28 August 2015

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    Dean Sorenson Sextet Andrea Canter

    Long-time jazz educator, head of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota, renowned arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and more, Dean Sorenson is also an accomplished trombonist and bandleader who is not heard on the bandstand often enough. Dean recently came out of the classroom with a newly assembled sextet of local heavyweights, played a gig at Jazz Central Studios and soon after brought the band into the studio at Creation Audio, yielding the soaring tracks of Colors of the Soul. The Dean Sorenson Sextet (with Steve Kenny, David Milne, Chris Lomheim, Tom Lewis and Phil Hey) celebrates the CD release on Saturday, August 29, on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series. The party begins at 8:30 pm in St. Paul's Lowertown arts district, following an opening set from current and former U of M student jazzers,  Ryan Christianson, Joe Strachan, Matt McIntyre and Andres Crovetti.

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    Tootie Heath Trio With Ethan Iverson and Ben Street in Chicago and Minneapolis PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 28 August 2015
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    Tootie Heath with Ethan Iverson and Ben Street

    The youngest of the famed Heath Brothers, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath has performed with a wide range of jazz artists, from John Coltrane to Cedar Walton to Herbie Hancock to Anthony Braxton, and most recently, with much younger stars Ethan Iverson and Ben Street. With Iverson and Street, Heath has recorded three albums, including the just-released Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside). The trio is touring in support of the new release, landing at Constellation in Chicago (August 28-29) and at the Dakota in Minneapolis (August 30).

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