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    New Edition of the Dakota Combo Announced for 2014-15 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 29 September 2014

    Dakota Combo, 9th Edition (Back Row L-R) Charlie Lincoln, Sam Roberto, Peter Goggin, Jordan Anderson (Front L-R) Adam Astrup, Luke Peterson İAndrea Canter

    The MacPhail Center for Music and the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) announce the 9th edition of The Dakota Combo. Selected through open auditions in early September, the Combo is a band of exceptional high school student musicians who rehearse and perform throughout the year under the direction of acclaimed bassist Adam Linz. The Combo is a MacPhail program with funding provided by the DFJE.

    Larry Coryell--Victor Bailey--Lenny White Trio at the Dakota, September 30-October 1 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 28 September 2014

    Larry CoryellİAndrea Canter

    "Coryell jams with joyous abandon, mixing blues, rock, soul, and complex jazz phrases as only an old ’60s master can." - Pete Prown, Vintage Guitar

    Dubbed the "Godfather of Fusion," multi-faceted guitarist Larry Coryell returns to the Dakota, once again in the company of fellow working legends. On this tour, Coryell teams up with bassist Victor Bailey (Weather Report) and drummer Lenny White, settling in for two nights, September 30-October 1.

    French 75, Maud Hixson Present "Cafe Society: From Piaf to Coward" September 28 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 25 September 2014

    Maud Hixson with French 75İAndrea Canter

    Twin Cities "continental" sextet French 75 and singing partner Maud Hixson give a rare concert at the Schneider Theater (Bloomington Center for the Arts) on Sunday afternoon (2 pm), September 28. "Cafe Society: From Piaf to Coward" features the music of expatriate American artists living in Europe between the World Wars and beyond, including Sidney Bechet and Blossom Dearie, along with French stars Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet as well as the works of Noel Coward round out the program. French 75, led by clarinetist Tony Balluff of the Southside Aces, highlights “the British, French, and other unexpected foreign-born repertoire from the Great American Songbook… standards that originated in Europe, as well as what we like to call Americana.” Other musicians of French 75 include Gus Sandberg (Jack Brass Band), Robert Bell (Café Accordion Orchestra), Steve Pikal (Barbary Coast Band) and Nathan Norman (Illicit Sextet).

    Jazz Police Youth Showcase on September 27 at Jazz Central PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 25 September 2014


    The Jazz Police Youth Showcase launches a new season at Jazz Central Studios with the Stillwater-based St. Croix Jazz Quintet on Saturday, September 27, 8-10 pm. The Youth Showcase was inaugurated last winter, and will continue with a student ensemble performance approximately every other month on Saturday nights. The series highlights the many talented high school and college jazz students in the metro area.

    The St. Croix Jazz Quintet is led by pianist Andy Colburn (Stillwater Area High School). He's joined by Pete Smith (trumpet), Linder Wendt (alto sax),

    This high school ensemble includes trumpet, Pete Smith; alto sax, Linder Wendt; bass, Devin Wessels;  piano, Andy Colburn;  and drums, Aidan Lee. "We're a group of musicians trying to emulate the sounds of jazz throughout the ages, from the bebop era to more modern styles like cool jazz," says Colburn.

    The Jazz Police Youth Showcase will continue on November 29, band TBA.

    Jazz Central Studios is located in the lower level at 407 Central Avenue SE, Minneapolis. Donations $5-10 appreciated.

    Dave Karr Trio at Jazz Central, September 26 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 25 September 2014

    Dave KarrİAndrea Canter

    One of the most revered jazz artists still active on the Twin Cities scene, multi-reedman Dave Karr leads a multi-generational trio at Jazz Central Studios this Friday, September 26. This gig is part of the ongoing Friday night "Bridge Series." celebrating the musicians who played regularly at the Artists Quarter before that club closed in December 2013. Joining Dave will be bassist Gary Raynor and drummer/Jazz Central manager Mac Santiago.

    East Side Reunites on "Astoria" (2014, Rephi Records) PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 25 September 2014

    East SideİAndrea Canter

    From gypsy swing to modern cool, the quartet East Side has been entertaining Twin Cities audiences for the past five years. But lately, their gigs have been mostly trio with harmonicist Clint Hoover's move to Pittsburgh, leaving guitarist Reynold Philipsek, bassist Matt Senjem, and percussionist Michael Bissonnette to hold down the fort. Nevertheless, the full East Side managed to fit in a few recording sessions during Hoover's visits over the past three years, yielding their second release, Astoria (2014, Rephi Records). The CD celebration in the Twin Cities will be scheduled in early 2015, but the recording is already getting considerable airplay. Philipsek, Senjem and Bissonnette will give local audiences a taste of the music this Saturday, September 27, at Hell's Kitchen.

    When Big Bands Sound Like This...Our Ears Win! Adam Meckler Orchestra CD Release PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 25 September 2014

    Adam Meckler OrchestraİAndrea Canter

    "The cool thing about the AdamMeckler Orchestra's new release, "When the Clouds Look Like This," is that sometimes I forget it's a big band." -- David Cazares (via Twitter)

    Gathering eighteen of the Twin Cities most accomplished young talents, trumpeter/composer/bandleader/educator Adam Meckler has been leading one of the region’s most innovative big bands for the past two years. A monthly fixture at Jazz Central for about a year, in summer 2013 the Adam Meckler Orchestra and its expanding audience moved across the river into a similar time slot at the Artists Quarter in St. Paul.  Although they drew an unusually large audience for a midweek gig, the series ended with the closing of the AQ at the end of 2013. Showcasing original compositions and new arrangements, the AMO has since performed on the Jazz at Studio Z series, launched a monthly residency at the Amsterdam Bar, and went into the recording studio. Now ready to celebrate the result, the AMO will celebrate When the Clouds Look Like This with a series of gigs leading up to the formal CD Release Party at MacPhail's Antontello Hall on September 26. But first, you can hear the compositions in Mears Park as part of the annual Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival this Friday (September 5) and in the more intimate space of Studio Z as the closing concert of the All Originals jazz series (September 11). The CD will be available at each show.

    Twin Cities Jazz Festival Brings Jon Weber, Francisco Mela to the Dakota, September 29 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 23 September 2014

    Jon Weber İAndrea Canter

    On Monday, September 29, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival brings two of its most popular performers together  for a night at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis. Jon Weber, who has been heard in the role of "house pianist" for much of the past decade, and drummer Francisco Mela, who has been heard with Joe Lovano's Us Five, Melissa Aldana's Crash Trio, and his own Cuban Safari, pair up for an exciting evening -- and tickets are only $10!  Hosted by jazz fest director Steve Heckler, the evening will also provide the opportunity to learn more about the festival, make a voluntary donation, and hear what Steve promises will be an "exciting announcement about the 2015 festival," which will be held June 25-27 in and around Mears Park in Saint Paul. He's already announced that Mela will serve as the festival's Artistic Director.

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