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    Chris Thomson Celebrates Empathy at the Icehouse, April 19 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 17 April 2015
    Chris Thomson © Andrea Canter

    Among the most inventive local jazz artists, Chris Thomson keeps a relatively low profile. He keeps busy teaching, composing, and performing with bands like the Enormous Quartet and Chris Bates' Red Five. Now he has recorded a five-track EP, Empathy, which he celebrates on Sunday, April 19 (5 pm) at the Icehouse, with cohorts Patrick Harison, James Buckley and Martin Dosh.

    Javier Santiago: Home at The Nicollet, April 17 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 16 April 2015

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    Once a teen prodigy playing piano around the Twin Cities, Javier Santiago went on to study for two years at the acclaimed Brubeck Institute and ultimately graduate from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. He's been keeping busy on the New York scene, but this spring is taking a breather back home in Minneapolis and playing at such venues as Jazz Central, Crooners, and now The Nicollet, this Friday, April 17. He's joined by a formidable band including Zacc Harris, Yohannes Tona, and Miguel Hurtado.

    Young Lions, Seasoned Veterans at the Black Dog, April 18 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 16 April 2015
    Dean Granros © Andrea Canter

    Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog offers two different bands each week, usually a new configuration or relatively "new" artists opening at 7 pm, followed by a veteran band at 8:30 pm. On Saturday, April 18, the doubleheader features an opening set from McNally Smith student Lucia Sarmiento and her band, followed by a quartet made up of some of the area's most esteemed veterans-- Dean Granros, Steve Kenny, Ron Evaniuk and Alden Ikeda.


    Cory Healey Brings "Beautiful Sunshine" to Jazz Central Friday, April 17 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    The Bridge Series at Jazz Central is in its second year, providing top local jazz ensembles every Friday Night, 7-9 pm. This week, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band will be on stage with their exciting repertoire of mostly original music and boasting some of the area's most inventive "young" veterans-- Brandon Wozniak, Jake Baldwin, Zacc Harris and Eric Fratzke.

    Cory Healey © Andrea Canter

    With his "Beautiful Sunshine Band," drummer Cory "The Healer" Healey expands his 4-Tet, adding saxophone to the trumpet/guitar/bass/drum ensemble. The Iowa native moved to the Twin Cities about 18 months ago after stints in Chicago and New York. His unique and versatile zx of drumming led to performance opportunities in a wide range of genres and touring extensively in North America and Europe. While in Chicago, Cory performed regularly with Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble (Owl Records), neopsychodelic-post rock jazz group Algernon (Cuneiform Records), W.W. Lowman (Atavistic Worldwide), The Jennifer Hartswick Band, Tony Barba’s Facetime, John Goldman’s Quadrangle, The Mutts, and Van Ghost. Healey has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Abercrombie, David Berkman, Bob Florence, Peter Apfelbaum, Russ Johnson, Philip Dizack, Kala Ramnath, Steve Gorn, Salar Nader, Jim Fiest, Subrata Bhattacharya, Toby Summerfield’s Never Enough Hope, Dr. Bob Washut, Chris Merz, Ike Riley, Anthony Smith’s Trunk Fulla Funk, and the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One.  In addition to fronting his own bands, Cory has appeared locally with the Bryan Nichols Quartet, Adam Linz's Le Percheron, Chris Bates Trio, Jon Pemberton Trio, and more.

    One World Consort and JP Jofre at Studio Z, UW-River Falls (April 17-19) PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 14 April 2015
      "Juan Pablo [Jofre] is tremendously talented. His composition is less familiar than Piazzolla, but equally absorbing. They don’t make bandoneons anymore, but apparently they still make great bandoneon players.” -- New York Latin Culture

    One World Consort © Andrea Canter

    A year after their Twin Cities concert debut, the One World Consort will again celebrate Earth Day with a concert in St Paul at Studio Z on April 17, and in River Falls on April 19, featuring special guest, Argentinian bandoneonist J.P. Jofre. Jofre will also perform on April 18 with the UW-RF Jazz Ensemble. 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.

    Ann Hampton Callaway Brings Streisand to Orchestra Hall, April 17 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 14 April 2015
    "She has a powerful storytelling quality, enriched by her strong sense of swing, her imaginative improvisational skills and her rare ability to enrich her interpretations with colorful tonal variations." (Los Angeles Times)

    Ann Hampton Callaway © Andrea Canter
    Ann Hampton Callaway does it all—she sings, she plays piano, she writes songs, she does Broadway. And she does it all so darn well. One of the most versatile artists in jazz and pop, Callaway is one of the most credible interpreters of the Great American Songbook as well as one of cabaret’s most creative entertainers. On April 17 at 8 pm, Callaway returns to Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, joining the Minnesota Orchestra and guest conductor Aram Demirjian with a tribute to her mentor, Barbra Streisand. And she's uniquely qualified to present Streisand's music, having written songs for seven of Barbra's latest recordings, including “I’ve Dreamed of You,” which Streisand sang at her wedding to James Brolin.

    Jeremy Walker, Anthony Cox Present "The Rage of Achilles" at Orchestra Hall, April 16 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 13 April 2015
    Jeremy Walker © Andrea Canter

    Having successfully translated Old Testament psalms for voice and jazz ensemble (Seven Psalms), composer/pianist Jeremy Walker figured it was a logical next step to tackle Homer, specifically The Illiad. “I had read The Iliad years ago and remembered loving some of the imagery in it, and the elemental language, and you can hear echoes of it in so much literature up to Hemingway and Faulkner," he recently told Pamela Espeland for MinnPost. "That’s what drew me to it originally – and naively, because it’s such a huge story.” The huge story, downsized to a 70-minute performance for three voices and jazz quartet, will premiere on April 16 at Orchestra Hall as part of this season's Jazz in the Target Atrium series, curated by Walker. Co-composed by internationally renowned bassist/cellist Anthony Cox, The Rage of Achilles features MPR's acclaimed tenor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Minnesota Opera's Seth and Angela Keeton, and Twin Cities jazz artists Walker, Cox, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak and drummer Tim Zhorne.

    Anat Cohen: From Rio to Flying Lotus at the Dakota, April 12 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 09 April 2015
    "[Luminosa] allows Cohen to show the daring side of her personality while underscoring just how deep a music-maker she's become." -- Jim Macnie, Downbeat

    "Anat does what all authentic musicians do: She tells stories from her own experiences that are so deeply felt that they are very likely to connect listeners to their own dreams, desires and longings." – Nat Hentoff

    Anat Cohen © Andrea Canter
    Anat Cohen made her Dakota debut in spring 2010 with her tribute to Benny Goodman. And recalling that, early in his career, Charlie Parker played a borrowed clarinet for a short time, Anat gave us some idea of what Bird might have accomplished if he had not returned to the saxophone. Six months later, Cohen returned to the Dakota with her regular quartet (pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Daniel Freedman). When the 2012 Orchestra Hall lockout forced the cancelation of a clarinet summit with Cohen and Evan Christopher, Dakota owner Lowell Pickett grabbed both for a gig down the street. Now, having topped recent DownBeat and Jazz Times polls, gaining momentum with her siblings as the Three Cohens, and appearing on the cover of Jazz Times, Anat Cohen is one of the most significant figures in modern jazz, and the face of jazz clarinet in the 21st century. She brings that resumé as well as the music of her mostly Brazilian project, Luminosa, to the Dakota this Sunday, April 12. Her cohorts for this show include pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Adam Cruz.

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