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 Thursday, 05 March 2015
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    JT's Organ Trio at Jazz Central, March 6 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 04 March 2015

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    JT BatesİAndrea Canter
     

    The Bridge Series at Jazz Central, every Friday night at 7:30 pm, was launched shortly after the closing of the Artists Quarter at the end of 2013, designed to provide a venue for the musicians who had performed at the AQ, and for their audience. Over the past year, this series has also supported veteran artists in new configurations, such as JT Bates' B-3 Organ Trio. With B-3 specialist Kevin Gastonguay, guitarist Zacc Harris, and drummer Bates, the trio performs this Friday, March 6.

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    Gravatt and Magraw Bring Their "Fire" to The Nicollet, March 6 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 04 March 2015

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    Eric Gravatt and Dean MagrawİAndrea Canter
     

    “There was a time when big band people, if they had a hit, they had to play that same solo every night. We improvise and play off each other. It’s fresh every night.”  --Eric Kamau Gravatt

    Drum veteran Eric Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner) and eclectic guitar titan Dean Magraw (Red Planet) formed a duo only two years ago, but wasted little time developing a magical partnership. “We went the Coltrane direction,” says Magraw. “I really studied his compositions and the way he played music, improvised and writes music.” Gravatt proved to be a kindred spirit, a Philly native who’d grown up immersed in the city’s rich music scene, including the music of fellow Philadelphian John Coltrane. The two virtuosos brought little but their fertile imaginations to Creation Audio last spring, and followed their collaborative muse to light a Fire on the Nile, released in October 2014 by Red House Records. Fortunately they continue their collaboration with occasional gigs. On Friday, March 6 (8:30 pm), they provide the inaugural act for the new Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet in south Minneapolis.

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    Steve Kenny Does It Again: New Jazz Series Launches March 6 at The Nicollet PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 03 March 2015

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    Steve KennyİAndrea Canter
     

    Six months after he launched the successful Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series in St Paul, trumpeter/bandleader/impresario Steve Kenny takes his concept to Minneapolis, with Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet set for take-off on Friday, March 6. And he's not fooling around-- the first band to play at The Nicollet is the volcanic duo of Eric Kamau Gravatt and Dean Magraw.

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    The O'Shaughnessy Presents "Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey" PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 03 March 2015

     

    "… a sweet salute to Harlem’s Glory Days.”  — The Arizona Daily Star

    On Friday, March 6 (7:30 pm), The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine's University presents the multi-media show, Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey, featuring actress/singer/dancer Jasmine Guy and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, a Women of Substance event. Inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel Cane and works by the musicians, composers, poets, and actors of the Harlem Renaissance, the show celebrates and honors the legendary artists who became the voice of a new generation of African Americans at the end of World War I--Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois and more. Using text, song, music, movement and imagery, Raisin’ Cane brings to life this critical period of American history.

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    Twin Cities Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Headliners! PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 02 March 2015

     

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    Francisco MelaİAndrea Canter

    Five bands of incomparable artists will headline the 17th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held June 25-27 in and around Mears Park in St Paul's historic Lowertown Arts District. The new stage at the CHS (Saints) Field will host six-time Grammy winner Dr. John and the Night Trippers on the festival's closing afternoon. Appearing on the Mears Park Main Stage will be the Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet Featuring Othello Molineaux, Festival Artistic Director Francisco Mela's new Jazz Machine with special guest Nicholas Payton, 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill, and an all-star quartet featuring Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland. In addition to CHS Field and Mears Park Main Stage, the festival will present events on the Sixth Street and Union Depot Stages, and throughout downtown St Paul and beyond at over 20 clubs, bars and studio venues. 

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    March Jazz at the Black Dog: Not Just on Saturdays! PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 02 March 2015

     

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    Anthony Cox (DD7)İAndrea Canter

    You can always count on a jazz double-header on Saturdays at the Black Dog in St. Paul's Lowertown. But it's not just a Saturday thing-- you can find jazz here at least a few more times each month. And of course there's rarely a night without some sort of inventive music on the Black Dog stage. Thanks to curator/trumpeter Steve Kenny, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog is set through 2015. Other regular features include First Tuesdays with improvisers Dean Magraw and Davu Seru, "A Chris Olson Project" every second Tuesday hosted by the veteran guitarist, Todd Harper Solo piano most Fridays at 5 pm, and Fuzzy Math, about monthly on Sunday afternoons. The jazz line-up for March includes a live recording session for DD7, the return of the Illicit Sextet, and the first Saint Paul performance by the 2015 edition of the Dakota Combo.

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    March Line-Up at Jazz Central Studios PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 01 March 2015

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    Joan GriffithİAndrea Canter
     

    Wonder where to find jazz in the Twin Cities any night of the week? Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis is a nonprofit space run "by the cats, for the cats,"  with jazz from nearly all reaches of the genre at least five nights per week. It's cozy like a little basement club in Manhattan, no frills like Sun Country Airlines, and parking can be perplexing unless you read the signs carefully! But it's also a space where you will sit next to other serious jazz listeners (and musicians) to hear top-notch veterans and promising up-and-comers, often on the same gig. You'll find five weekly music series, Monday-Friday, and sometimes special gigs on weekends, for a suggested donation of $5-10. And most nights, you can augment your experience with some tasty entree and dessert treats from Vanessa Lopez.

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    From Cool to Hot: Music Ushers in Spring at the Dakota in March PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 28 February 2015

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    Rene MarieİAndrea Canter
     

    Powerful vocalists, sizzling brass, and dazzling Latin rhythms spice up the March music calendar at the Dakota. Visiting artists include Rene Marie, David Sanchez, Pedrito Martinez, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Tyrell, Delfeayo Marsalis, Tierney Sutton, Eliane Elias, the American Roots Revue, CJ Chenier, Tom Paxton and Janis Ian, and Otis Clay, with local favorites Davina and the Vagabonds and Nachito Herrera also on the schedule.

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