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    Four Generations of Jazz at the Icehouse, October 5 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 04 October 2015
    Dave Karr Andrea Canter


    NEWS FLASH -- Due to some sort of (minor) bug, Dave has turned over the sax to Brandon Wozniak tonight at the Icehouse! --Ed

    Reminding us that the Twin Cities Jazz scene is vibrant at all ends, there's four generations of improvising talent on stage at the Icehouse in Minneapolis on Monday, October 5, in two sets of music on JT's  Jazz Implosion series. First up, the Dave Karr Trio with Gordy Johnson and JT Bates, followed by the Matt Buckner Quartet with Javi Santiago, Ted Olsen and Jake Baldwin. Music begins at 9:30 pm.

    New Edition of the Dakota Combo Announced for 2015-16 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 02 October 2015
    The Dakota Combo (2015-16) Andrea Canter

    The MacPhail Center for Music and the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) announce the 10th edition of The Dakota Combo. Selected through open auditions in September, the Combo is a band of exceptional high school student musicians who rehearse and perform throughout the year under the direction of acclaimed bassist Adam Linz. The Combo is a MacPhail ensemble program with funding provided by the DFJE.

    Patty and the Buttons With Dakota Dave Hull and Butch Thompson, October 2 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor and Ronaldo Oregano   
    Friday, 02 October 2015
    Patty and the Buttons

    Hot jazz purveyors Patty and The Buttons will be partnering with acoustic guitar legend Dakota Dave Hull to present an evening of early American music at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul on Friday, October 2 at 8 pm. Also joining the Buttons on clarinet is Prairie Home Companion alumnus and traditional jazz great Butch Thompson. Arrive early to the event to take in the house collection of trains, engines and related memorabilia at the Minnesota Transportation Museum in the Roadhouse. This is a seated concert event.

    The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 2-8 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 02 October 2015
    Butch Thompson Andrea Canter

    Nights are getting a bit nippy, the leaves are definitely turning and a splendid October is in the forecast! Let the fall festival of jazz begin! And we have some terrific opportunities coming our way, from the youthful lions of the local scene to veteran improvisers and big band stalwarts, from visiting stars to local legends. The lunar eclipse has passed, but there's a universe of jazz to enjoy here on Earth.

    Parker's "Heir" Phil Woods, 1931-2015 PDF Print
    Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
    Friday, 02 October 2015
    Phil woods, 1981 Gordon BLanz

    Alto saxophonist Phil Woods carried the bebop tradition into the 21st century,  long after others had moved on. An exquisite composer-arranger who developed a signature sound in small and large group settings, Woods died of complications from emphysema on September 29 in East Stroudsburg, PA, at age 83.  As an artist, Phil had an admirable and elevated level of intensity, determination and ambition—not for himself but for jazz, which he championed religiously throughout his life. Throughout his eight-decade career, he made a practice of standing out, whether on straight-ahead jazz recordings or while adding solos to Billy Joel's Grammy-winning "Just the Way You Are," Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years," and Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu."

    Audience Favorite Wayne Bergeron Opens JazzMN Season on October 3 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 30 September 2015
    Wayne Bergeron Dan Goldwasser

    "When looking at the program for the upcoming JazzMN Orchestra concert with guest artist Wayne Bergeron, all I can say is WOW, the audience is going to love this one!” --JazzMN Artistic Director Doug Snapp

    On Saturday, October 3, the JazzMN Orchestra opens a new season with an old friend--trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, along with local vocalist/pianist Andrew Walesch. The concert will be held at the Hopkins High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm. One of the top big bands in the Midwest, the nonprofit JazzMN Orchestra was formed in 1999 to “promote, preserve and perpetuate jazz, America's indigenous art music, through performance, historical preservation, and education." The band is directed by founder Doug Snapp and features some of the best musicians in the Twin Cities.

    Jazz88 KBEM Celebrates 45 Years on the Air With Spinfest! October 8 PDF Print
    Written by Connie Shaver, Press Release   
    Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    Jazz88 KBEM (88.5 FM), the Twin Cities radio voice for jazz and education, will celebrate 45 years on the air with a special event Thursday, October 8, kicking off their Fall Membership Drive October 9-17.  In honor of this remarkable journey, Jazz88 KBEM is pleased to partner with our local independent record store community to present SpinFest Fall Edition! Thursday, October 8, 7-9 pm. Join us in celebrating as our independent record store friends will be spinning rare 45s all evening, inspired by KBEM!  Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, Bluegrass, Latin, Americana and more….

    Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog: Deconstruction Zone, Jordan Anderson Group on October 3 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 30 September 2015
    Anthony Cox Andrea Canter

    Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog is thriving in St. Paul's Lowertown, bringing two bands into the wine bar/cafe every Saturday night under the curatorship of Steve Kenny. Often the opening band features a new ensemble and/or young bands, while the "headline" show at 8:30 typically assembles an established band or veterans seeking new collaobrations. On October 3, the Jordan Anderson Group opens for a new project of veterans dubbed the Deconstruction Zone--an evening of jazz standards "deconstructed" as well as original material from Anthony Cox (cello and bass), Bryan Nichols (piano), Davu Seru (percussion) and curator Kenny (Flumpet™), along with some special guests.

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