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    Piano and Bass in Spotlight at Jazz Central, October 22 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 20 October 2014

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    Graydon PetersonİAndrea Canter
     

    One of the younger veterans on the local jazz scene joins forces with one of the youngest of the young lions for a night of bass/piano duo magic at Jazz Central on Wednesday, October 22. Bassist Graydon Peterson and pianist Joe Strachan will play a couple sets of pure imagination.

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    Leigh Kamman, The Voice of Jazz, 1922-2014 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 18 October 2014

    "His instrument is a microphone. There's only one voice like that in this world." – Percy Hughes

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    Leigh Kamman İ Andrea Canter
     

    A long and celebrated era in jazz journalism ended in fall 2008 with Leigh Kamman’s final broadcast of The Jazz Image on MPR. After a six-decade career including a 34-year run on MPR, Kamman’s retirement was truly the end of an era spanning his interview of Duke Ellington as a teen reporter to his shows for Armed Forces radio during World War Two, through broadcasts from Harlem to his long stint at MPR and induction into the Pavek Museum Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Leigh's presence in the jazz community continued despite declining health, with a 90th birthday celebration in 2012 at the Artists Quarter and occasional appearances at various jazz events. Kamman passed away on October 17 at age 92, taking a lot of jazz history with him, but leaving behind a rich legacy of interviews, broadcasts and scores of jazz fans who owe him much of our love--and knowledge of--the music.

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    Lease, Moriarty, Bates and Attias at the Black Dog, October 19 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 17 October 2014

     

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    Ellen Lease and Pat MoriartyİAndrea Canter

    Three leaders of the Twin Cities improvisational music scene will join forces with one of New York's prime innovators for an evening of mayhem and original music at the Black Dog on Sunday, October 19th (6 pm). Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty have led many ensembles teetering on the edge of modern jazz, and bassist Chris Bates has been a frequent partner. With visiting saxophonist and former Moriarty student Michael Attias, they will present compositions from each musician as well as some free explorations.

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    "Timeline": Chris Lomheim Celebrates New Compositions and a New Recording, October 18th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 17 October 2014

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    Chris Lomheim Trio at Studio ZİAndrea Canter
     

    "If this were produce, you'd find it in the organic section. Live music, tracked live with minimal fixing, editing and tweaking. No audio MSG or digital trickery. Real people hearing, listening and playing together. Real music performed and produced by friends who love and understand each other. Old school."  -- Matthew Zimmerman, Wild Sound Studio

    Long a mainstay in the Twin Cities jazz community, pianist Chris Lomheim is known for his affinity for Bill Evans, his sublime skills as a singer's accompanist, and for his creative, lush compositions. Yet Lomheim's recorded output has been limited - his last trio recording was released in 2002 (The Bridge, Artegra); his first (1994, Igmod) was aptly titled And You've Been Waiting. Figuring he had waited long enough, Lomheim applied for state arts board funding to write and record new trio music. He was selected for a fiscal year 2014 Artist Initiative grant, and the floodgates opened, yielding the ten new compositions that make up Timeline, featuring his cohorts from the first recording, bassist Gordy Johnson and drummer Jay Epstein. The CD Release Party will be held Saturday, October 18 at Studio Z in Saint Paul's Lowertown Arts District.

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    PipJazz Live Returns to the Capri, October 18th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 16 October 2014

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    PipJazz Experience --Pippi with Glenn Swanson, Jay YoungİAndrea Canter
     

    After three seasons as "PipJazz Sundays," the concert series hosted by Pippi Ardennia launched a new season last April as "PipJazz Live,"splitting its venues between The Capri Theater in Minneapolis and the Maplewood Theater of the Maplewood Community Center.  Following two exciting spring concerts, PipJazz Live returns for its fall series this Saturday, October 18th, 7 pm to celebrate Pippi's birthday at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis. Special youth guest will be alto saxophonist Peter Goggin, a senior at Mounds View High School.

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    Magraw and Gravatt Release "Fire on the Nile" at Landmark Center, October 17th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 16 October 2014

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    Fire on the Nile
     

    Two renowned virtuosos brought little but their fertile imaginations to Creation Audio last spring, and followed their collaborative muse to light a Fire on the Nile, to be released by Red House Records on Friday, October 17th at Landmark Center in Saint Paul. Drum veteran Eric Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner) and eclectic guitar titan Dean Magraw (Red Planet) only formed a duo 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.

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    Roy Hargrove Quintet Returns to the Dakota, October 13-14 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 11 October 2014

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    Roy Hargrove İAndrea Canter
     

    “There’s a physical electricity to Hargrove’s performance that is not terribly common in jazz.” –David Adler

    After Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove is probably the best known trumpeter on the planet today. At 45, his output as a recording artist (14 sessions as leader) is almost as remarkable as his chops. His fusiony project, RH Factor, created a lot of buzz by merging R&B and hip-hop mainstream with jazz, but his past and current efforts are decidedly more Dizzy than Ice-T. NPR stated that  "when he's on the road touring with his quintet, he's treating audiences to some of the greatest, hardest-swinging bebop in the world." And as noted by Christopher Jones following a Hargrove Quintet performance in Seattle, this is “straightforward, no-nonsense modern jazz…with integrity and conviction.” Hargrove brings that conviction – along with his quintet—to the Dakota in Minneapolis for his annual engagement, October 13-14. Each time Roy takes the stage here, it proves to be one of the most exciting gigs of the year.

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    Laura Caviani Trio at Studio Z, October 11 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 11 October 2014

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    Laura Caviani İAndrea Canter
     

    A fourth Jazz at Studio Z season gets underway on Saturday, October 11 with the Laura Caviani Trio featuring guitarist Joan Griffith and vocalist Lucia Newell. Laura will lead a workshop session on Brazilian jazz at 6 pm, followed by the trio concert at 7 pm, all at Studio Z in Saint Paul. This series is curated by Zacc Harris with funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

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