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    Karrin Allyson Celebrates the Holidays at the Dakota, December 21-22 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 19 December 2014

    Yuletide Hideaway

    "She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain…incisive, original, and emotionally convincing.”-- Gary Giddens

    A four-time Grammy nominee whose discography ranges from Paris to Rio, from ballads to blues, from upbeat swing to gloomy contemplation, Karrin Allyson keeps forging new directions. In 2013, she finally put her talents as vocalist, songwriter, pianist and arranger into a Yuletide Hideway, a sharp 180-degree turn from her previous project, 2011's critically acclaimed Round Midnight. And in 2015, Allyson will release her first collection of all-original tunes. In time for the holidays, Karrin returns to one of her "home" bases, the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis, December 21-22, offering seasonal songs from Yuletide Hideway, some previews of the new original works, and favorites from her ever-expanding repertoire. Local pal Laura Caviani will be on piano, with Karrin's Kansas City rhythm team of Rod Fleeman (guitar) and Bob Bowman (bass).

    Twin Cities Jazz Sampler: CD Release and Multi-Band Celebration at Jazz Central, December 20 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 18 December 2014


    If the health of a jazz scene is measured by the number of well-regarded recordings released by a long list of bands in a relatively short period of time (two years), then the scene in the Twin Cities is both healthy and exemplary. Documenting this status, and hoping to increase public awareness of the quality and availability of Twin Cities jazz, Steve Kenny and Illicit Productions have compiled the Twin Cities Jazz Sampler, Volume One, with thirteen tracks representing thirteen ensembles and a cross section of artists currently leading the MN jazz scene, from the veteran-filled Illicit Sextet and Chris Lomheim Trio  and the cross-generational Good Vibes Trio to ensembles led by younger veterans (Atlantis Quartet, Chris Bates Red 5, Zacc Harris Group, Bryan Nichols Quintet, Graydon Peterson Quartet, Adam Meckler Orchestra, Jana Nyberg Group, Foreign Motion) to a new crop of exciting young performers (Courageous Endeavors and Group 47). The Sampler, funded via a Kickstarter campaign, will be celebrated with a release party at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 20, featuring live performances from three representative ensembles -- Good Vibes Trio, Atlantis Quartet and Group 47. The Twin Cities Jazz Sampler includes music from the following bands:

    Mike Lewis Goes Solo at Khyber Pass, December 18 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 16 December 2014

    Michael LewisİAndrea Canter

    [Mike Lewis is ] “this gunslinger in his outpost. If you’re in a room and he’s playing, you’re going to feel it.” --Dave King

    One of the best known and most creative improvisers on the Twin Cities jazz scene, saxophonist/bassist Michael Lewis (Happy Apple, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Andrew Bird) goes solo on Thursday, December 18 in the intimate space of the Khyber Pass Cafe, starting at 9 pm.

    Miguel Hurtado and Friends: Young Lions Unite at Jazz Central, December 17 PDF Print
    Written by Lena Kobett   
    Tuesday, 16 December 2014

    Miguel HurtadoİAndrea Canter

    “Making music should always come from a genuine place, without insecurities or false pretenses.” –Miguel Hurtado

    Considering he is still in his mid-20s, drummer Miguel Hurtado has already enjoyed a long career on the Twin Cities jazz scene, starting out in his early teens. On December 17 at Jazz Central, he reunites with one of his cohorts from middle school and high school days while also joining forces with like-minded 20-somethings who are building their reputations as some of the most exciting jazz artists in the metro area. His ensemble includes Nelson Devereaux (saxophones), Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Javier Santiago (piano) and Ted Olsen (bass).

    It's Easy to Love Roberta Gambarini--At the Dakota December 15-16 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 12 December 2014

    Roberta GambariniİAndrea Canter

    "She has a versatile style and she has a voice that is almost limitless as far as range is concerned. She has wonderful clarity. You can understand every word she says, which is not possible with some singers... Her versatility reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald... Playing for her is one of the highlights of my life.” – Hank Jones

    Since placing a surprising third in the 1998 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (behind the late Teri Thornton and soon-to-be sensation Jane Monheit), Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini has not only acclimated to life as a New York-based jazz artist, she has embraced each opportunity with increasing success, a trajectory of one of the most talented singers of her generation. On December 15-16, Roberta returns to the Dakota, sporting a band that easily stands alone as an all-star ensemble-- Roy Hargrove associates Justin Robinson on sax and Sullivan Fortner on piano, and living legends Ray Drummond on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.

    Let It Snow! Vintage Film and Classic Carols With Maud Hixson and Friends at the Capri, December 14 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 10 December 2014

    Maud Hixsonİ Andrea Canter

    We can just "Let It Snow" on Sunday afternoon, December 14 ( 2 pm) at the Capri Theater! Join Twin Cities vocalist Maud Hixson, the Wolverines Trio, and saxophonist Dave Karr for a musical tour through some of America's most popular holiday songs, featuring vintage film clips from the collection of film archivist Bob DeFlores. Experience the songwriters and performers in clips that are rarely seen, and hear some songs you may have missed!

    Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog Presents Chris Bates and Red 5, December 13 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 10 December 2014

    Chris BatesİAndrea Canter

    “This is not a safe band. We let the moment takes us—song to song, set to set, second to second. It’s pure joy.”  -- Chris Bates

    While bassist Chris Bates continues to keep the pulse for a lot of bands—Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, A Love Electric, Zacc Harris Quartet, Framework, Volcano Insurance and more, the ace performer and composer has been stepping out in front as bandleader over the past two years, heading the Good Vibes Trio and the quintet, Red 5. With the larger ensemble (Brandon Wozniak and Chris Thomson, saxes; Zack Lozier, trumpet; JT Bates, drums), Chris released New Hope in September 2012, the only jazz album to make the Star Tribune’s Best of the Year list for local recordings. The band has performed a few times since, at the Artists Quarter, Icehouse, Studio Z and Jazz Central. On December 13 at 8:30 pm,  they make their debut at the Black Dog, part of the new Saturday Night Jazz series curated by Steve Kenny. Opening at 7 pm will be a band of young lions, Dark Blue.

    PipJazz Live Celebrates the Holidays at Maplewood Community Theater, December 13 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 10 December 2014

    PipJazz Live --- Pippi with Glenn Swanson and 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.  On Saturday, December 13 (7 pm), PipJazz Live closes its 2014 season with a holiday celebration featuring student guest artist, bassist Charlie Lincoln, performing with Pippi and the PipJazz Experience ensemble (Brian Nielsen, Jay Young, Glenn Swanson).

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