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    Jazz Noir - KBEM Broadcasts Live From the Dakota on April 27th Print E-mail
    Written by Lena Kobett   
    Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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    Cast, The Black Hand Side That Feeds You
     

    Jazz radio station Jazz88 KBEM 88.5 FM will host the next edition of its original radio drama series, Jazz Noir, in front of a live audience at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, April 27. Dinner show seatings are at 4 p.m. (show and dinner ticket $43) and 7 p.m. (show and dinner ticket $56 each), with a live broadcast of the second performance on Jazz 88.5 FM at 9:00 p.m. Tickets and more information available at www.jazz88fm.com.

    “All the roles have been cast and we have a dream team” said Producer Kevin Barnes. “I’m looking forward to working with Peter Moore (as Bob Olson), James Williams (Don Crowley), Jane Froiland (Marjorie Nicholls),  Rhonda Gibson (Alice Warner), Elizabeth Efteland (Valerie Nicholls), Clarence Wethern (Leslie Manfred) and Dann Peterson (Ezra Levine) to bring Christina Ham's The Black Hand Side That Feeds You to life at The Dakota and on 88.5 FM. Our outstanding musicians include John Penny, guitar; Thomas West, B3 and keyboards; and Nathan Norman on drums.”

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    Latin Meets Jazz: Miguel Zenón With the JazzMN Orchestra on April 26th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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    “This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century.” -- MacArthur Foundation, 2008.

    Saxophonist, multiple Grammy-nominee, and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón will play with the acclaimed JazzMN Orchestra for their season finale on Saturday, April 26, 7:30 pm at the Hopkins High School Auditorium. Earlier in the day (1-2 pm), Zenón will present a free public clinic at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, sponsored by JazzMN.


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    David Milne, One World Consort Present "Mother Earth" on April 27th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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    "'Mother Earth' is a musical plea for world unity that celebrates both the diversity and shared influences of indigenous music from several different countries.  Ethnic music, folk songs, and ancient works dating back as far as the 13th century are joined together in this contemporary chamber music setting.”  - Fred Sturm, Composer/Arranger

    Friends of the One World Consort are pleased to announce a special Earth Day celebration concert featuring Mother Earth, composed and arranged by Fred Sturm and performed by the One World Consort, on April 27 at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community. Led by acclaimed saxophonist/educator David Milne, the One World Consort is a double quartet merging a classical string quartet and jazz quartet playing a repertoire of ethnic world folk music transcribed for this ensemble. The One World Consort seeks to promote the preservation of Earth's natural resources and the indigenous music traditions of world cultures.

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    Thirteen Jazz Artists Receive 2014 Doris Duke Awards Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 22 April 2014
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    Minnesota native pianist/composer Craig Taborn is among the recipients of 2014 Doris Duke Artist Awards! The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced today the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. Both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special, ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000. In addition to Taborn, other jazz musicians receiving Artist Awards are Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, Randy Weston, Steve Lehman and Zeena Perkins. Seven jazz artists received Impact Awards, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, Ambrose Akinmisure, Ben Monder, Aruan Ortiz, Matana Roberts, and Jen Shyu. Others from the Twin Cities, Ranee Ramaswamy, founder and co-director of Ragmala Dance and Emily Johnson, director of the Catalyst dance company, also received Artist Awards, and puppet theater artist Michael Sommers of Open Eye Figure Theater received an Impact Award.

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    Take a "Ghost Tour" With Graydon Peterson at Jazz Central, April 23rd Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 21 April 2014

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    One of the busiest and most forward-moving jazz artists in the Twin Cities, bassist Graydon Peterson has appeared on stage with a long list of area instrumental and vocal artists, with visiting touring artists, with larger ensembles like Snowblind, and as leader of his own Quartet. More recently focusing on compositions and arrangements for his bands, Graydon has launched a new trio, Ghost Tour, coming about monthly into Jazz Central Studios with an emphasis on new works from Peterson, guitarist Park Evans and drummer Adrian Suarez. You can take the Ghost Tour this Wednesday, April 23 at 8:30 pm.

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    José James Brings "Everything I Love About Music" to The Cedar, April 21 Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 19 April 2014

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    “The rawness is daring, and James has an unconventional vocal style, a deep baritone that’s soft and elegant and at times haunting – like a male Billie Holiday, a darker Lou Rawls or in a lot of ways a human adaptation of Coltrane’s sax work.” (Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune)

    A finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition in 2004, Minneapolis native and South High graduate Jose James has challenged critics and consumers to classify his wide-ranging talent. Is he jazz, R&B, soul or what? With three acclaimed recordings to his credit, a feature in the May 2010 issue of Jazz Times, and a major story in the February 2013 issue of Downbeat, his recent projects range from his Coltrane/Hartman tour with McCoy Tyner to his hip-hop informed Future Now with Taylor McFerrin and the Robert Glasper Experiment. The title of his fourth release and Blue Note debut, No Beginning, No End, most aptly describes James’ view of his music – “I don’t wanna get stuck into anything,” he told Downbeat. Touching on jazz, neo-soul, R&B, hip-hop, rock, electronica and folk, José hopes to move away from the label “jazz singer” to be known as a musician without genre limits. If the response to his recent tours is any indication (“I found that when I just play my stuff, it attracts everybody, the most diverse crowd I’ve seen at any show…”), there will be a large audience from all realms of Twin Cities music when he returns to The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on April 21st. James last appeared in the Twin Cities at The Cedar in January 2013.

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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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    Cory Healey © Andrea Canter

    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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