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 Friday, 31 October 2014
Pat Mallinger With Bill Carrothers at the Artists Quarter, December 28-29 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Monday, 24 December 2012

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Pat MallingerİAndrea Canter
 

It’s another holiday homecoming weekend at the Artists Quarter as St Paul native saxophonist Pat Mallinger returns December 28-29, this time bringing along frequent partner, internationally acclaimed pianist Bill Carrothers, as well as ace bassist Chris Bates and AQ owner/drummer Kenny Horst. Mallinger takes Sunday off before coming back to the AQ to help ring in the New Year with Carole Martin and friends on December 31st.

 

As a youngster in St. Paul, Pat Mallinger was inspired by the Grass Junior High Jazz Band and recordings of Paul Desmond, and decided jazz rather than dentistry was his destiny. He played in the Sibley High School band, studied with his uncle Tommy Bauer and Brian Grivna, and often heard the great Eddie Berger perform around town.  In addition to Desmond, Pat cites such early jazz influences as Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, and Miles Davis. After high school, Mallinger earned a degree in jazz studies from North Texas State and, in 1986, moved to Boston where he played with the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Relocating to his current home in Chicago in 1990, Mallinger has played with Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Harry Connick, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; he’s toured with Charles Earland, Woody Herman, and Cab Calloway, and appears in concerts and festivals around the world. In Chicago, he regularly performs with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Kurt Elling, Howard Levy, and the 911 Mambo Orchestra; he co-leads the ensemble Sabertooth which performs weekly at the Green Mill. Pat is also a committed jazz educator whose efforts include inspiring inner city students to pursue jazz as a member of the Ravinia Jazz Mentors Sextet. He also teaches at Columbia College and in the Chicago Public Schools.

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Bill CarrothersİAndrea Canter
Pat’s most recent release, Home on Richmond, was celebrated with a Minnesota release party in winter 2011. Named for Pat’s Chicago address, this is the first recording pairing Mallinger and pianist Bill Carrothers. However, the two have been making music together over the years since meeting as Twin Cities’ high school students in the McDonald’s All Star High School Jazz Ensemble.

Nominated for the French “Grammy” equivalent, Les Victoires du Jazz, Bill Carrothers spends much of his playing time in Europe and most of his down time in Michigan. The Excelsior, MN native has garnered rave reviews throughout the U.S. and Europe for his diverse recordings, including  Keep Your Sunnyside Up, Home Row, Joy Spring, and his 2011 Pirouet releases, the solo spontaneous improvisation set, Excelsior, and the 2-volume A Night at the Village Vanguard, his first live recording with his European trio. Of the latter, All About Jazz’s Dan McClenaghan dubbed it “a complex, enchanting and strikingly lovely success.”  Carrothers also handles piano duties for Dave King’s 2012 acclaimed trio recording, I’ve Been Ringing You.

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Chris BatesİAndrea Canter
Chris Bates and his brother, drummer JT, grew up with jazz, sons of trumpeter/bandleader Don Bates. He began bass lessons in 4th grade and progressed to jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before returning to the Twin Cities to study with Anthony Cox. A member of the Motion Poets, Chris was a 1999 McKnight Composer Fellow, and often lends his compositions to the many ensembles that he juggles throughout his busy performance schedule. In addition to his local ensemble work and touring with Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric, Chris handles the bass for the Atlantis Quartet and a long list of other bands, including his own Red 5 and Good Vibes Trio.

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Kenny HorstİAndrea Canter
Anyone who has spent more than ten minutes at the AQ has undoubtedly enjoyed the versatile drumming of owner Kenny Horst—he appeared weekly with the Tuesday Night Band through its 15-year run, regularly appears the Dave Karr Quartet and the edgy How Birds Work, and frequently supports the sublime vocals of mother-in-law Carole Martin and savvy bilingual singer Lucia Newell. Earlier in his career, Kenny worked with Bobby Lyle for three years and toured with Mose Allison, Jimmy McGriff and briefly with Al Hirt. At the AQ, Kenny has been keeping time with the likes of Eric Alexander, Lew Tabackin, Lee Konitz, Eddie Gomez, and other touring artists, and anchoring some terrific bands like Good Life with Billy Peterson, Peter Schimke and Brandon Wozniak.

This weekend, the Pat Mallinger Quartet will surely put you in the mood for New Year’s Eve, so be sure to make your reservation for the AQ’s annual party featuring vocalist Carole Martin and friends. One of those friends counting down to 2013 will be Pat Mallinger.

The Artists Quarter is located at 408 St Peter Street in the lower level of the Hamm Building in downtown St. Paul. Cover for Friday-Saturday with the Pat Mallinger Quarter is $15. Reservations for New Years Eve ($45/person including light buffet) at 612-292-1359; www.artistsquarter.com

 

 



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