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    Made in Abyssinia: The Yohannes Tona Trio, Jazz at Studio Z on May 10 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 08 May 2014

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    A native of Ethiopia and now a veteran of the local jazz and gospel scene, bassist Yohannes Tona is featured on the next Jazz at Studio Z ("Made in Abyssinia") on May 10th. His trio (Geoff LeCrone on guitar, Shai Hayo on percussion) will present an open, free workshop at 6 pm, followed by the concert ($10 admission) at 7 pm, both in the Studio Z performance space on the second floor of the Northwestern Building in St. Paul's Lowertown.

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    Courageous Endeavors CD Release at the Icehouse, May 9 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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    The best measure of the vitality of the Twin Cities jazz scene is the increasing number of young musicians studying in the area and/or coming home or moving to the Twin Cities to launch their careers. Four of these upstarts, barely out of school, came together at the Artists Quarter to form a new ensemble about two years ago. With Nelson Devereaux, Joe Strachan, Brian Courage and Miguel Hurtado, “Courageous Endeavors” has lived up to its name, and now boldly launches the band's first recording, aptly titled Prototype.

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    Jazz Police Youth Showcase: Traditional Grip (Duo) on May 9th at Jazz Central PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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    The Jazz Police Youth Showcase continues with the last gig of the school year on May 9th, 8 pm at Jazz Central Studios. Featured artists will be the dynamic duo of pianist Will Kjeer and vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg, dubbed "Traditional Grip." Both Will and Levi are finishing their second year with the Dakota Combo, a metro-wide jazz ensemble selected each fall via audition.

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    The Dakota Combo Takes the Stage at Antonello Hall, May 8th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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    “I view Jazz as a collaborative experience between artists - many times it feels more like a conversation than notes on a page… The value I get from jazz is the interaction that I have with other musicians, whether verbal, musical, or otherwise.” – Jackson Mullett, Dakota Combo 2012-13

    The eighth edition of the all-star high school jazz ensemble, The Dakota Combo, will close out its school-year season on Thursday, May 8th  in Antonello Hall (MacPhail) under the direction of renowned bassist/educator Adam Linz.  The Dakota Combo was inaugurated in fall 2006 as a program of the MacPhail Center for Music in partnership with the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DJFE). Selected by open audition each year, the Dakota Combo includes the finest young jazz artists in the area who spend the year rehearsing, performing with local and national artists/clinicians, presenting music and jamming at area schools, and appearing on stage at area clubs, MacPhail, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and more.

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    Taking Jazz on the Road: The Jazz Central All-Stars and Twin Cities Jazz Festival PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 05 May 2014

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    The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, in collaboration with Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis, is taking jazz on the road! With the sponsorship of Jefferson Lines and generous support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jazz Central All Stars (sextet) will visit six Minnesota cities this spring and summer, presenting clinics and performance to students and general audiences in outstate Minnesota. The program will provide smaller communities with access to some of the state’s best jazz musicians and educators, and provide opportunities to hear modern interpretations of America's indigenous art form. The tour also will promote the annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, to be held June 26-28, 2014 in and around Mears Park in the historic Lowertown neighborhood of downtown Saint Paul.

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    Jazz and Music Across Genres at the Dakota in May PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 01 May 2014

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    Some of the most beloved vocalists in local and global jazz, a swinging Mother's Day brunch, one of the genre's hottest young guitarists (and one of the Twin Cities guitar masters), a smoldering bassist, an elder statesman next "final" CD release, and a sublime trio mark the jazz dates in May at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis. And that is only the jazz portion of the music calendar which also includes an iconic rocker, several incomparable duos, a nouveau flamenco legend, blues greats and local pop heroes. Pick a night, any night, at the Dakota and you're bound to hit the music jackpot this month.

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    PipJazz Live Celebrates Women in Jazz in Workshop, Concert May 3rd PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 30 April 2014

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    On Saturday, May 3rd, the second PipJazz Live concert of 2014 celebrates "Women in Jazz," starting the day with a free workshop at 2 pm followed by a concert at 7 pm, both at the Maplewood Community Center in Maplewood. Featured musicians at both events will be the Women in Jazz Ensemble, with some of the area’s most dynamic ladies of bebop and swing: Vocalists Pippi Ardennia, Charmin Michelle and Patty Peterson; saxophonist LeAnn Lindgren; pianist Laura Caviani; bassist Joan Griffith; drummer Sheila Earley; and Sibley High School student saxophonist Ebonee Rainwater. 

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    The Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog, May 2nd PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 30 April 2014

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    One of the most area popular ensembles of the late 1980s and early 90s, the Illicit Sextet was dubbed “the Cadillac of local jazz” by critic Jim Meyer. In 1993 they released their acclaimed debut recording, Chapter One. Back on the jazz scene since 2009 after a long hiatus, the Illicit Sextet finally released Chapter Eleven in spring 2013. They will spend Friday night, May 2nd, on stage at the Black Dog Café; music starts at 8 pm.

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