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    Jazz @ St. Barneys: An Evening of Song With Lee Engele, January 11th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 10 January 2014

     

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    Lee Engele with Matt Senjem and Reynold PhilipsekİAndrea Canter

    The Jazz@ St. Barney's concert series continues on Saturday night (7 pm) at St. Barnabas Center for the Arts in Plymouth, with local songbird Lee Engele performing favorites from recordings and performances from her five year collaboration with guitarist Reynold Philipsek. Joining Engele and Philipsek will be bassist Matt Senjem and violinist Laurie Melting.

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    Jazz at Studio Z: Adam Meckler Orchestra on January 11th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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    Adam Meckler OrchestraİAndrea Canter

    Gathering a band of “some of the Twin Cities’ hippest younger players,” the still-young-himself trumpeter 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 July 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 will perform on the Jazz at Studio Z series this Saturday, January 11th, with a free public workshop at 6 pm followed by the concert performance at 7 pm.

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    Improvisation Series at Jazz Central Presents Good Vibes on January 8th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 07 January 2014

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    Good Vibes TrioİAndrea Canter
     

    Nearly a year ago, bassist Chris Bates launched a new improvisation series, “Magica Improvisado,” at Jazz Central Studios. Set for every second Wednesday of the month, the series features Bates hosting “a roundtable of friends performing original compositions and collective improvisations.” For the January 2014 edition, Bates brings his Good Vibes Trio to Jazz Central, with drummer Phil Hey and the “good vibes” man himself, Dave Hagedorn.

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    It's Easy to Love Roberta Gambarini—At the Dakota January 6-7 Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 05 January 2014

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    Roberta GambariniİAndrea Canter

    "She has a versatile style and she has a voice that is almost limitless as far as range is concerned. She has wonderful clarity. You can understand every word she says, which is not possible with some singers... Her versatility reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald... Playing for her is one of the highlights of my life.” – Hank Jones

    Since placing a surprising third in the 1998 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (behind the late Teri Thornton and soon-to-be sensation Jane Monheit), Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini has not only acclimated to life as a New York-based jazz artist, she has embraced each opportunity with increasing success, a trajectory of one of the most talented singers of her generation. Within three years, she released three highly regarded projects, including the Grammy-nominated Easy to Love (2006), 2008’s You Are There with the great Hank Jones, and 2009’s So in Love, doubling as arranger in the company of some of today’s leading instrumentalists, and garnering another Grammy nomination.

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    Larry Coryell with Larry Gray and Paul Wertico at the Dakota, January 5 Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 03 January 2014

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    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 appears at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, January 5, with his all star trio featuring bassist Larry Gray and drummer Paul Wertico.

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    Jazzin' Around the Metro - January Gigs Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 01 January 2014

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    Adam Meckler OrchestraİAndrea Canter
     

    Is there Jazz after the Artists Quarter? Yes. There may not be another venue with jazz guaranteed at least six nights per week, where the main activity is listening, where new talents share the stage with veterans. But there are music clubs and newer venues that are becoming known for their focus on the music and for presenting significant artists across generations. You might have to take a little time to find your favorite artists, but you will still find great jazz in the Twin Cities. And Jazz Police wants to help you find it!

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    January at Jazz Central Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 01 January 2014

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    Matt BucknerİAndrea Canter
     

    It's a small space with no bar and no kitchen; it's only accessible by a stairway; parking in the area is limited (there is a ramp a block away). But with the closing of the Artists Quarter, Jazz Central hosts the most jazz (and only jazz) in the Metro (4-5 nights per week) and provides a setting intended for listening.  

    As close as we get to a New York jazz gallery, Jazz Central is musician-owned and operated, "by the cats, for the cats," offering unfettered music by new talents, old veterans, new ensembles, Monday-Thursday and sometimes on weekends. No reservations and usually no tickets -- donations requested ($5-$10) to keep the space going and pay the performers. Generally Mondays feature a specific artist, often in a new configuration or debuting some new music; Tuesdays are Big Band nights; Wednesdays focus on improvisation; Thursdays usually are reserved for vocal nights or other special gigs. See the website for calendar updates. On the January calendar so far:

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    A New Year, Jazz and More at the Dakota Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 01 January 2014

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    Roberta GambariniİAndrea Canter
     

    Presenting an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, pop, world and beyond, the Dakota is as classy as the top New York venues and often boasts the same talents. And there is still a good list of jazz gigs on the calendar. Kick off 2014 with these hot shows:

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