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    Spring Showers Bring Jazz Powers and More to the Dakota in April PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 31 March 2015
    Danilo Perez Andrea Canter

    The snow has melted away, green blades of grass are pushing through the winter mold, and the thermometer is creeping upwards. Early spring in Minnesota can be rather dull, but fortunately there's a steady stream of great music at the Dakota to keep ears (at the least) engages. For jazz fans, the month starts out with the swinging Rebirth Brass Band and the long-awaited and delayed visit from Chris Potter and his Underground Quartet; the Anat Cohen Quartet returns mid-month, followed a week later by a very long-awaited visit from Panamanian keyboard giant Danilo Perez; Tuck & Patti, Nellie McKay and Madeleine Peyroux round out the month of visiting artists, with local standouts Twin Cities Hot Club, Larry McDonough, Nachito Herrera, Maud Hixson, Sophia Shorai, Patty Peterson, Jay Young, and Ginger Commodore with Julius Collins on the schedule. Add in Friday happy hours with Irv Williams and another list of artists across the full spectrum of music and you have a full garden of sound at the Dakota this month.

    April Jazz at the Black Dog: Saturdays and More! PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 31 March 2015
    Joel Shapira and Charmin Michelle Andrea 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 April includes the return of Mancrush, Steve Kenny's Quartet, Paul Harper's Show and Tell, and Framework; the Black Dog debuts of Charmin & Shapira and the Reid Kennedy Trio; a CD release from Jon Wood, and something special for International Jazz Day (April 30.

    Chris Potter's Underground Quartet at the Dakota, April 2 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 30 March 2015

     "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 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 28 March 2015
    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.

    Tierney Sutton and Mark Summer -- Back with More Joni Mitchell at the Dakota, March 29 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 28 March 2015
    (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.

    Young Lions, Veteran Cats Make a Jazzy Double Header at the Black Dog, March 28th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 26 March 2015
    Kevin Daley Andrea Canter

    The Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, curated by Steve Kenny, has been in place about six months, drawing increasingly big and appreciative audiences to the intimate music space within the popular wine and coffee bar. One of the most exciting features of the series is the double-header schedule that typically puts a new ensemble or up-and-coming artists back to back with a band of veterans. Case in point--this Saturday, March 28. The evening will kickoff at 7 pm with the all-star high school ensemble, the Dakota Combo, directed by Adam Linz; the headline band at 8:30 is a new configuration of veteran first-call artists, the Daley-Brattain Report, featuring guitarist Kevin Daley, saxophonist David Brattain, bassist Bruce "Pooch" Heine and drummer Dave Stanoch.

    Phil Aaron Quartet at Jazz Central, March 27 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 25 March 2015
    Phil Aaron Andrea Camter

    Veteran first-call pianist Phil Aaron is not heard often in a leading role, making his quartet gig at Jazz Central on Friday, March 27, a special occasion. Of course Phil's keyboard skills tend to make any of his gigs special occasions. As part of the Bridge Series at Jazz Central, the Phil Aaron Quartet includes Zacc Harris on guitar, Matt Peterson on bass, and Jay Epstein on drums.

    How Birds Work: Inventive Musings at The Nicollet, March 27 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 25 March 2015

    We all listen to what’s happening moment to moment and try to contribute a part that no one else would think of. When we open it up, it's like, whoa. It might not be obvious to listeners where the top or the bridge of the tune is. But we always come back.” – Peter Schimke (Mpls-St Paul Magazine)

    How Birds Work Andrea Canter

    In about 2003, the artist-friendly setting of the Artists Quarter was the genesis of How Birds Work, a collaboration of four well-known area musicians—guitarist Dean Granros, keyboard specialist Peter Schimke, bassist Billy Peterson, and drummer/AQ owner Kenny Horst. The band released an acclaimed CD in 2004 (Live at the Artists Quarter) and was profiled in Minneapolis-St Paul Magazine in January 2007. HBW has continued to hone its craft, although performances have been less frequent in the past few years; Chris Bates has replaced Peterson on bass and the Artists Quarter has closed. Now the quartet takes a rare flight on the new Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet series, this weekend on March 27th at 8:30 pm.


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