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    Michael Janisch Quintet Launches Midwest Tour at Studio Z, January 23rd Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 20 January 2014

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    "Michael Janisch is a commanding bassist who brings a sinewy thrust to the ensemble with masterful agility." — DownBeat Magazine

    On January 23rd, Studio Z hosts one of the most exciting young ensembles on the modern jazz scene. Led by Wisconsin native, London-based bassist/producer Michael Janisch, the "Purpose Built" Quintet features New York's finest -- alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius, trumpeter Philip Dizack, guitarist Matthew Stevens and drummer Clarence Penn. Launching their midwest tour, the quintet will perform music from Janisch's critically acclaimed albums Purpose Built and Banned in London, both released on Michael's fast-rising label, Whirlwind Recordings. One hour prior to the 7 pm "Jazz at Studio Z" concert, Janisch will offer a free workshop, open to the public. (See Jazz Police for an interview with Michael Janisch.)

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    Doug Haining/Scott Agster Explosion at Jazz Central, January 21st Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 18 January 2014

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    If it's Tuesday, it must be Big Band Night at Jazz Central Studios! And every third Tuesday, it's the Doug Haining/Scott Agster Explosion Big Band taking over about half of the gallery space with 18-20 of the Twin Cities best jazzers, playing charts from Ellington to Thad Jones and beyond.

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    Fantastic Merlins Return to the Black Dog, January 20th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 18 January 2014

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    "The Fantastic Merlins make improvised music with the spirit that’s the impetus behind the best jazz . . . they capture the intensity, freedom and flat-out beauty of some of John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Albert Ayler." —Pulse Magazine

    Once a mainstay of the Black Dog Café’s “Fantastic Fridays” series of experimental music, The Fantastic Merlins are back!  Now performing as a trio, Nathan Hanson (saxophones), Brian Roessler (bass) and Pete Hennig (drums) begin a new monthly series at the Black Dog in St. Paul’s Lowertown on Monday, January 20th.

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    Peter Vircks and Company: CD Release at The Republic on January 17 Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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    What You Believe Is True
     

    “[Peter Vircks] nimbly crosses stylistic boundaries on his saxophone.” -- City Pages

    Co-founder of the popular Moveable Feast and long-time associate of Nachito Herrera, Yohannes Tona and Kevin Washington, saxophonist/composer Peter Vircks will release an album of original music on January 17th at The Republic in Minneapolis. The recording, What You Believe Is True, features keyboardist Brian Ziemniak, bassist Ron Evaniuk, drummer Washington, and special guests, guitarist Schoen Oslund and trombonist Michael Nelson.

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    Michelle Weir and Phil Mattson at Jazz Central, January 16th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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    On Thursday, January 16, two leading figures in vocal jazz will perform together on Jazz Central's Vocal Night. Pianist, arranger, vocal coach and renowned choir arranger Phil Mattson will introduce Twin Citians to Los Angeles-based singer/arranger/pianist/ instructor Michele Weir, as the duo performs less familiar standards and songs from their forthcoming recording.

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    Leigh Kamman's Historic Interviews to Air on Jazz88 KBEM-88.5 FM Print E-mail
    Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
    Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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    During his 60 years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including some of jazz's illustrious figures. In the early years, these were recorded on magnetic tape. Now, these treasures have been lovingly preserved and edited into a new series of broadcasts, The Jazz Image: Special Edition. These recordings preserve priceless conversation Leigh Kamman had with such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Stan Kenton. In his ninth decade, Kamman adds fresh commentary to round out these five-minute broadcasts, 13 in all in this series. Tune in to Jazz88 KBEM beginning this week, to hear the immediately recognizable voice of Leigh Kamman once again when The Jazz Image: Special Edition airs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. on 88.5 FM in the Twin CIties or world-wide online at www.jazz88fm.com

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    Bright "Mississippi" Flows at Jazz Central, January 15th Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 13 January 2014

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    “Mississippi” is that big river dividing the nation east and west. It’s also the name of a new local jazz ensemble featuring four of the top performers in the Twin Cities. Led by Pete Whitman, the band includes pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Jeff Bailey and drummer Kevin Washington. The band debuted at the Artists Quarter in June, and now flows into Jazz Central on Wednesday, January 15th, part of the "improvised music" series.

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    Ferocious Quartet at the Black Dog on January 15 -- Lewis, Magraw, Cox and Seru Print E-mail
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 13 January 2014

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    The Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul's Lowertown has a pretty small performance space -- but that has not prevented bookings of some of the biggest names in area jazz and improvised music. Consider "Davu Seru and Friends"--a quartet assembled for Wednesday, January 15th -- saxophonist Mike Lewis; guitarist Dean Magraw; bassist/cellist Anthony Cox, and host drummer/percussionist Davu Seru. For this gig, Cox will make a rare appearance on cello.

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