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    Cory Healey 4Tet at Studio Z, April 19 Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 18 April 2014
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    On Saturday, April 19, at 7 pm, Jazz at Studio Z presents the Cory Healey 4tet featuring Healey on drums, trumpeter Jake Baldwin, guitarist Zacc Harris, and bassist Erik Fratzke. The band will perform a selection of works by Healey, as well as Charlie Parker, Tony Williams, Charles Lloyd, Bob Dylan and more. An hour before the concert at 6 pm, Healey will lead a free presentation of "Bol: An Introduction to Indian Rhythmic Syllables." Jazz at Studio Z is a nearly monthly concert/workshop series curated by Zacc Harris and funded through a grant from the Metropolitan Region Arts Council. This is the third season of Jazz at Studio Z, a rehearsal and performance space managed by the Zeitgeist ensemble in Saint Paul's Lowertown.

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    Moving "Counterclockwise" at Jazz Central: The Bridge Series, April 18th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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    It's often said that creative musicians march to the beat of a different drummer. For the trio of Tanner Taylor, Zacc Harris and Jay Epstein, the beats move Counterclockwise -- their long-running organ trio that takes the spotlight in the Friday night Bridge Series at Jazz Central on April 18th. This is a not-too-often opportunity to hear piano master Taylor on his other instrument, the B-3 organ.

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    Ginger Commodore Hosts Birthday Party for Dennis Spears, April 18th at the Dakota Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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    Dennis Spears and Ginger Commodore will be celebrating Dennis's birthday on April 18th at the Dakota Jazz Club, and want you to share in the fun. Two of the four members of Moore by Four and easily two of the most popular singers in the metro area, Ginger and Dennis have partnered at the Dakota more than a few times before, and each time out, it's an Earthquake of sound, energy and emotion. "Bring the deodorant cuz it's gonna get funky!!!" they warn us!

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    Weekend of Song and Musical Magic at Orchestra Hall: Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli / Bobby McFerrin Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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    Back to back shows at Minnesota Orchestra Hall this weekend highlight two vastly different styles that fall within the genres of vocal jazz and improvised music. Although he died nearly 50 years ago, Nat King Cole remains a major influence in modern music. Both his smoky tenor voice and string of hit tunes made him, literally, "Unforgettable." Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli, two giants of jazz, a generation apart, join together to salute Cole with a show named after his first hit album, Straighten Up and Fly Right, on Friday, April 18.  On Saturday, April 19, a very different, equally influential voice comes direct to the stage as vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin presents music from his latest project, spirityouall, an amalgam of jazz, bluegrass, progressive rock, baroque and world music.

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    Saxophonist Christopher McBride at Eden Prairie High School Band Fundraiser, April 17th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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    One of the brightest young stars on the national jazz scene brings his quintet to Eden Prairie to help raise funds to support future young stars. On April 17th, the Christopher McBride Quintet will visit Eden Prairie High School, providing a day of clinics and workshops, followed by an evening concert featuring the McBride  Quintet, both with the EPHS band (directed by Mike Whipkey) and the quintet alone. All proceeds from this event -- organized by the Eden Prairie Band Parent Organization--will be donated to the EPHS band department.

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    Poncho Sanchez Latin Band Returns to the Dakota on April 15 Print E-mail
    Written by Ronaldo Oregano and Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 13 April 2014

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    Seasoned, versatile, finely meshed, and deeply, masterfully percussive, the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band is perhaps the premier Latin jazz ensemble working today. They’ve recorded prolifically and have been honored with a Grammy Award and four Grammy nominations. Poncho and his band will raise the roof with "the world's greatest music" on Tuesday, April 15th at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis.

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    Good Vibes, Good Music: Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio CD Release at the Icehouse, April 14 Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 13 April 2014

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    Longtime favorite sideman, in the past two years, bassist Chris Bates has stepped to the front as leader of two very different but equally intriguing projects, his quintet Red 5 and the Good Vibes Trio. With the former, he released New Hope in fall 2012;  with the latter, he will celebrate the release of the eponymous debut CD on Monday, April 14th at the Icehouse, part of JT's Jazz Implosion series. With veteran performers/composers Dave Hagedorn on vibes and Phil Hey on drums, Good Vibes Trio (2014, Technecore) offers a collection of sublime covers from Mingus to Coltrane to Hubbard, along with a fistful of engaging original compositions from the trio.

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    Desert Island Picks From Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, at the Jungle April 13th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 11 April 2014

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    It's hard to imagine a better way to be stranded on a Desert Island than with Connie Evingson and Jon Weber. The Twin Cities vocalist and New York-based pianist and honorary Twin Citian Jon Weber paired up during the 2012 Twin Cities Jazz Festival and on a Prairie Home Companion European cruise, where they cooked up the idea of a show for Connie's Jazz at the Jungle series. Now, with bassist Gordy Johnson,  they present "Desert Island Picks" --their favorites from the Great American Songbook, the Beatles, Dave Frishberg, Sting and more, a perfect early spring escape at the Jungle April 13, with afternoon matinee and evening performances. This will be the second Connie and Jon outing within a year, as the two joined forces last June at the Jungle to salute the songs of Dave Frishberg.

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