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    Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog: Joe Smith AM-AM Trio, Babatunde Lea Quintet on August 1 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 29 July 2015
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    Babatunde Lea Quintet Andrea Canter

    Dubbed "one of Minnesota's most charismatic and entertaining musicians," percussionist and inventor of the "Troponga", Babatunde Lea, brings his quintet to prime time at the Black Dog this Saturday, August 1 at 8:30 pm. With John Croarkin, Zacc Harris, Charlie Lincoln and Phil Aaron, the Babatunde Lea Quintet follows a trio of Twin Cities veterans led by saxophonist Joe Smith, with bassist Dick Studer and drummer Kenny Horst opening at 7 pm. 

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    Joe Mayo, Charlie Lincoln: Let the Music "Flow" at Jazz Central Studios, July 31 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 29 July 2015
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    Charlie Lincoln Quintet Andrea Canter

    "President Flow" hits the bandstand on the Bridge Series at Jazz Central this Friday, July 31 at 7 pm. The name seems odd but this ensemble, heard earlier this spring at The Nicollet,  is filled with talent-- saxophonist Joe Mayo, guitarist Park Evans, bassist Josh Granowski and drummer Rick Nair. Following their sets, the usual Jazz Crew student jam will have a special lead-in with the Charlie Lincoln Quintet (9 pm).

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    da-ke-broo-da: That's Jazz for "All Originals" at Studio Z, July 30 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 25 July 2015

     

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    da-ka-brood-a Andrea Canter

    When they first came together at the Black Dog a few months ago, the band was dubbed the Daley Brattain Report for leaders Kevin Daley and Dave Brattain. By the end of the gig they became dā-kə-bro̵̅o̅-dā, seemingly a new language but really a melding of the first letters of each musician's name-- Dave Brattain, Kevin Daley, Bruce Heine and Dave Stanoch. In any language, any name, these four veterans are surely "all originals," and appropriately scheduled to perform on the All Originals Jazz Series at Studio Z in St. Paul's Lowertown on Thursday, July 30.  All Originals is in its second season, curated by Steve Kenny as a weekly summer concert series running throughout July and August, funded with a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

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    Take an "Impossible Vacation" With Firebell at Vieux Carre, July 28 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 25 July 2015

     

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    Firebell Andrea Canter


    Five years ago, three of the area's most productive and creative jazz artists came together as Firebell, a guitar/bass/drum trio drawing on the talents of Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein. Over the years they have experimented with original compositions as well as some unique interpretations of jazz and pop standards, finally culminating in the release of their first recording, Impossible Vacation (Shifting Paradigm Records) last November. The vacation continues at the new Vieux Carré in downtown St. Paul on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 pm.

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    "Mountain King" Reunion at Jazz Central, July 29 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 25 July 2015

     


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    Mountain King Andrea Canter

    In 2013 at the Artists Quarter in St. Paul, a new ensemble was born, featuring not one, not two, but three acoustic bassists – nothing more! In what was believed to be the first local performance of a three-bass trio, “Mountain King” proved that people will listen to the bass solo… or the bass trio, at least when their focus is solely on the instrument. With Graydon Peterson, Jeremy Boettcher and Brian Courage displaying a great deal of serious artistry amid playful interactions, Mountain King drew plenty of applause and calls for more. The group performed a few times, at the Artists Quarter before it closed, and then a few gigs at Jazz Central before Brian Courage moved to New York in fall 2014.  With Brian back in the area for a short break from the Big Apple, and Ryan Hays filling in for Jeremy Boettcher, Mountain King reunites at Jazz Central on Wednesday, July 29.

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    A Dose of Courage: Brian Returns (Briefly) to the Midwest PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 24 July 2015

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    Brian Courage Andrea Canter


    It was almost a year ago that the local jazz scene lamented the relocation of young bassist Brian Courage. After completing jazz studies at Lawrence Conservatory, Brian spent the next two years rapidly becoming a first-call sideman in the Twin Cities, playing with a wide range of bands and visiting artists at the Artists Quarter, Dakota, Jazz Central, Icehouse and more. He co-founded the aptly named Courageous Endeavors and, with Graydon Peterson and Jeremy Boettcher, created the very original all-bass trio Mountain King. But Brian had a plan to return to his native New York, and carried out that plan last September. Fortunately he has maintained ties with his Minnesota pals, and in the coming week, he will be in town for gigs with John Raymond, Mountain King, Peter Kogan, and Courageous Endeavors, as well in Milwaukee with Courageous Endeavors and in Chicago with his new band, Over Under.

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    Reynold Philipsek Celebrates "Quintessence" at 318 on July 25 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 24 July 2015

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    Michael Bissonette, Matt Senjem, Reynold Philipsek Andrea Canter


    With another new CD-- now at least an annual event-- virtuoso guitarist/composer Reynold Philipsek will hold a celebration at the 318 Cafe in Excelsior on July 25. He will be joined by frequent collaborators, Matt Senjem (bass) and Michael Bissonnette (percussion), both of whom appear on one track of the otherwise solo recording, Quintessence. Music begins at 8 pm.

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    Cory Healey Brings "Beautiful Sunshine" to the Black Dog, July 25 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 23 July 2015
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    Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band Andrea Canter

     


    Perhaps in honor of our summer weather, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band will be on stage at the Black Dog this Saturday (July 25) 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. Due to the Lowertown Blues Festival schedule, Saturday Night Jazz this weekend will feature just one band, 2 sets starting at 7 pm.

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