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    Weekend of Song and Musical Magic at Orchestra Hall: Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli / Bobby McFerrin PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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    Back to back shows at Minnesota Orchestra Hall this weekend highlight two vastly different styles that fall within the genres of vocal jazz and improvised music. Although he died nearly 50 years ago, Nat King Cole remains a major influence in modern music. Both his smoky tenor voice and string of hit tunes made him, literally, "Unforgettable." Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli, two giants of jazz, a generation apart, join together to salute Cole with a show named after his first hit album, Straighten Up and Fly Right, on Friday, April 18.  On Saturday, April 19, a very different, equally influential voice comes direct to the stage as vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin presents music from his latest project, spirityouall, an amalgam of jazz, bluegrass, progressive rock, baroque and world music.

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    Saxophonist Christopher McBride at Eden Prairie High School Band Fundraiser, April 17th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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    One of the brightest young stars on the national jazz scene brings his quintet to Eden Prairie to help raise funds to support future young stars. On April 17th, the Christopher McBride Quintet will visit Eden Prairie High School, providing a day of clinics and workshops, followed by an evening concert featuring the McBride  Quintet, both with the EPHS band (directed by Mike Whipkey) and the quintet alone. All proceeds from this event -- organized by the Eden Prairie Band Parent Organization--will be donated to the EPHS band department.

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    Poncho Sanchez Latin Band Returns to the Dakota on April 15 PDF Print
    Written by Ronaldo Oregano and Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 13 April 2014

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    Seasoned, versatile, finely meshed, and deeply, masterfully percussive, the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band is perhaps the premier Latin jazz ensemble working today. They’ve recorded prolifically and have been honored with a Grammy Award and four Grammy nominations. Poncho and his band will raise the roof with "the world's greatest music" on Tuesday, April 15th at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis.

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    Good Vibes, Good Music: Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio CD Release at the Icehouse, April 14 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 13 April 2014

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    Longtime favorite sideman, in the past two years, bassist Chris Bates has stepped to the front as leader of two very different but equally intriguing projects, his quintet Red 5 and the Good Vibes Trio. With the former, he released New Hope in fall 2012;  with the latter, he will celebrate the release of the eponymous debut CD on Monday, April 14th at the Icehouse, part of JT's Jazz Implosion series. With veteran performers/composers Dave Hagedorn on vibes and Phil Hey on drums, Good Vibes Trio (2014, Technecore) offers a collection of sublime covers from Mingus to Coltrane to Hubbard, along with a fistful of engaging original compositions from the trio.

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    Desert Island Picks From Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, at the Jungle April 13th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 11 April 2014

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    It's hard to imagine a better way to be stranded on a Desert Island than with Connie Evingson and Jon Weber. The Twin Cities vocalist and New York-based pianist and honorary Twin Citian Jon Weber paired up during the 2012 Twin Cities Jazz Festival and on a Prairie Home Companion European cruise, where they cooked up the idea of a show for Connie's Jazz at the Jungle series. Now, with bassist Gordy Johnson,  they present "Desert Island Picks" --their favorites from the Great American Songbook, the Beatles, Dave Frishberg, Sting and more, a perfect early spring escape at the Jungle April 13, with afternoon matinee and evening performances. This will be the second Connie and Jon outing within a year, as the two joined forces last June at the Jungle to salute the songs of Dave Frishberg.

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    Jeremy Walker Celebrates Release of "7 Psalms", April 11th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 10 April 2014
    "It is important that a creation reflects something of the creator, and with 7 PSALMS Jeremy has allowed us to know who he is. The piece is searching, soulful and swinging. This is a beautiful and important recording."—Ted Nash, Multi-instrumentalist/Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

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    About one year ago, prolific composer, bandleader, pianist and arts presenter Jeremy Walker led the inaugural performance of his first full-length work, 7 Psalms, at Bethel College. Written for piano, saxophone, bass, drums, solo voice and choir, in the tradition of the sacred concerts of Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams, 7 Psalms blends jazz with country, blues, and contemporary classical music. A year and some significant revisions later, Walker and company celebrate the recording of 7 Psalms with a new performance in Benson Great Hall on the Bethel campus on Friday, April 11th. Jeremy's ensemble includes alto saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, bassist Jeff Brueske, drummer Tim Zhorne, vocal soloist Jason Harms, and the 18 voices of the 7 Psalms Chamber Choir. In addition to his role as composer and conductor, Walker plays piano with the ensemble.
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    Doc Severinsen's "Solid Gold" with the Minnesota Orchestra, April 12-13 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 08 April 2014

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    Truly an American music icon, Carl Hilding “Doc” Severinsen may be the most readily identified trumpeter in contemporary music, in large part due to his long-term leadership of the  NBC Orchestra on the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. But Doc’s vitality has only continued in his post-Carson years, as he has often been heard in major concert halls with the San Miguel 5 and his Big Band. Over the past few years, Doc has come to the Twin Cities with his Big Band, peforming at the Dakota with a handful of local artists as well as acclaimed saxophonist Ernie Watts. With the reopening of Orchestra Hall, Doc returns April12 (8 pm) and April 13 (2 pm) to lead the Minnesota Orchestra in "Solid Gold," featuring frequent companions, vocalists Vanessa Thomas and Joseph Wolverton.

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    Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet Adds Local Touch, at the Dakota April 10th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 08 April 2014

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    “One of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.”

    -- Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner


    Once the Marsalis in the background as a successful record producer, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis is now renowned as a stellar performer and bandleader. Over the past decade, Marsalis has performed at the Dakota and Orchestral Hall; as guest artist/clinician with the local student ensemble, the Dakota Combo; and as headliner for the 2012 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. On Thursday, April 10, Marsalis returns with his quartet, featuring his long-time pianist Richard Johnson, a recent transplant to the Twin Cities, and for this Midwest tour, young Twin Citian Tyler Anderson on saxophone. Rounding out the band at the Dakota will be two more young lions, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Billy Williams.

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