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    Master of the Double Bass: Francois Rabbath Returns to the Twin Cities, July 10 at McNally PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 09 July 2014

    Francois Rabbath

    “François is a true performer. He lights up. He’s a leprechaun. He’s magical. He’s a pied piper. I don’t want to be super-syrupy about it, but he exudes this aura that makes you feel good.” --Rufus Reid (Star Tribune)

    One of the most influential double bassists of modern music performs in the History Theater in Saint Paul on Thursday night, July 10 at 7 pm. Francois Rabbath, in town to teach at the Twin Cities Bass Camp, will appear with his son, pianist Sylvain Rabbath.

    Bill Frisell's "Guitar in the Space Age" at the Dakota, July 7-8 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 06 July 2014

    Bill FrisellİAndrea Canter

    “…special intimacy, quiet joy and constant sound of surprise.” –John Kelman, All About Jazz

    "...this was a rock ’n’ roll gig executed with the temperament and group dynamic of postbop." --Evan Haga, Jazz Times

    Known for his many eclectic projects, Grammy-winning guitarist/composer Bill Frisell returns to the Twin Cities with a two-night, four-set show at the Dakota, July 7-8. Frisell has been a frequent visitor recently, with his Beautiful Dreamers Trio (Kang and Royston) at the Dakota in 2012, in solo at Macalester in February 2013, at the Dakota with his John Lennon project ("All We Are Saying") later that year, and with his Big Sur Quintet project at The Cedar in late 2013.  His latest recording (to be released this fall) and ensemble project, "Guitar in the Space Age," includes long-time trio-mates Tony Scherr (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums), as well as frequent cohort Greg Liesz on lap and pedal steel guitars.

    Jazz Central: Where it All Happens in July PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 02 July 2014

    Ryan Christianson İAndrea Canter

    It's already been a busy summer for Jazz Central Studios. A sextet of JC regulars has toured several Minnesota towns with a few more scheduled for later this summer, sponsored by Jefferson Lines and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. And during the recent jazz festival, the Jazz Central Showcase spread over three nights to present a variety of ensembles highlight the depth of talent on the Twin Cities jazz scene. So it's no surprise that the music in the studio, Monday through Friday throughout July, similarly showcases both new and veteran talents.

    Jazzy Holiday and More at the Dakota in July PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 01 July 2014

    Irv WilliamsİAndrea Canter


    Jazz fireworks start out the month in holiday fashion at the Dakota. From the Julian Lage/Nels Cline duo and Pedrito Martinez Group through another "space age" visit from Bill Frisell, to NOLA's premiere brass band (Rebirth) and  funk master (and crowd surfer) Glen David Andrews to local heavyweights Nachito Herrera, Southside Aces, Sophia Shorai, Charmin & Shapira, Viva Brazil, Patty Peterson and everyone's favorite nonagenarian Irv Williams, it's a diverse jazz calendar augmented by such acts as Davina and the Vagabonds, Tinsley Ellis, Hot Tuna, Marty Stuart and more.

    Three for Three: Craig Handy, Julian Lage/Nels Cline, and Pedrito Martinez at the Dakota PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 30 June 2014

    The Dakota presents a "hat trick" of jazz gigs this week with three one-nighters featuring some of the hottest talents on the international scene: Craig Handy & Second Line Smith (June 30), Julian Lage/Nels Cline Duo (July 1), and Pedrito Martinez (July 2).

    Craig Handy

    June 30, Craig Handy & Second Line Smith (7 & 9 pm, $25). Led by tenor/alto saxophonist Craig Handy, "Second Line Smith" is a modern take on the renowned New Orleans "Second Line" bands melded to the repertoire of the late organ legend Jimmy Smith. "A light went off in my head," said Handy. "I realized two of Jimmy's hits - 'The Cat' and 'Hi-Heeled Sneakers' used modified second-line rhythms." The band released its self-titled debut in fall 2013, with core artists organist Kyle Koehler, guitarist Matt Chertkoff, and sousaphonist Clark Gayton, with rotating drummers (Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Steve Williams, Ali Jackson).

    One More Day: Twin Cities Jazz Festival Finale, June 28 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 28 June 2014

    Youth StageİAndrea Canter

    The music never ends with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival heading into its finale. HealthPartners Main Stage headliners at Mears Park include the Adam Meckler Orchestra, Thelonious Monk Competition winner Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio, and Dianne Reeves with a stellar ensemble including Eau Claire native Geoffrey Keezer at the piano.  A wide range of music will play on the adjacent MyTalk 107.1 Stage including Axis Mundi, McNally Smith X-tet, Kevin Washington Quartet and the Explosion Big Band. The annual VocoMotion singer showcase gets underway midday at the tpt Stage at Union Depot, and another round of jazz piano (Studio Z) and the Jazz Central Showcase II (Amsterdam) pull in a long list of the best of the Cities. The annual Youth Showcase (DFJE Prince Street Stage) boasts seven bands of mostly high school musicians from schools and independent musicians, an all-star ensemble from St Louis, and the Dakota Combo. More music on the Green Line, with Ngon Bistro taking it into the late night hours.

    Festival Friday! June 27 in Saint Paul PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 25 June 2014


    The 16th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival is in full swing! Friday highlights include Red Planet, Mississippi with Andres Prado, Babatunde Lea, Jack Brass Band, Anthony Cox, the second Piano Jazz Stage, the first of two Jazz Central Showcases, and "An Evening With Branford Marsalis. With music on four outdoor stages, six "Green Line Jazz Stops," a free workshop with Marsalis, a dozen more club and concert venues in and near Mears Park, and a "soft opening" of the old Artist Quarter space for Friday and Saturday late night jams, the Friday line-up is simple stellar. And it's all free, starting at 11:30 am along the Green Line (download free Metro Transit pass on festival home page) and ending after midnight in the clubs. Within Mears Park, you will find concessions and food trucks to keep you fueled for music; many nearby bars and restaurants will also be open. KBEM (88.5 FM) radio will  broadcast live from the festival for those who can not make it to the live events.

    Festival 2014: It's Jazz Night Out! (Even in the Afternoon) PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 25 June 2014


    Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson with the WolverinesİAndrea Canter

    The 16th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival officially gets underway Thursday, June 26, with the traditional "Jazz Night Out" -- and the new tradition, Green Line Jazz Stops, which open before noon. An expanded array of music and venues includes the HealthPartners Main Stage at Mears Park, five sets of music at the Amsterdam Bar, a premiere of new commissioned works at Studio Z followed by the first night of its Piano Jazz Stage, the first festival performances at the new Bedlam, three sets each at the Black Dog and Hat Trick, an expanded night at Mancini's, and the first of three nights with the JoAnn Funk Trio at the Saint Paul Hotel's Lobby Bar. The newly launched Metro Transit Green Line (Light Rail) brings jazz to six venues along University Avenue, including four stages on Thursday starting at 11:30 am at the Daily Diner.

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