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    Bass Master Victor Wooten Shakes the Dakota May 26-27 PDF Print
    Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
    Friday, 23 May 2014

    Victor Wooten © Steve Parker

    Victor Wooten  is an innovator, composer, arranger, lecturer, producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. He is a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician, husband and father of four, and a five-time Grammy award winner.  Victor, known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning super group, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, has won most every major award given to a bass guitarist. He was voted Bassist of the year by Bass Player Magazine three times and is the only person to have won the award more than once.  In 2011, Rolling Stone named Victor one of the Top Ten Bassists of all time. Come hear him at teh Dakota on Monday, May 26th and Tuesday, May 27th.

    Good Vibes, Good Music: Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio, Late Night With Andrew Foreman at Jazz Central PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 21 May 2014


    Good Vibes Trio ©Andrea Canter

    Longtime favorite sideman, in the past two years, bassist Chris Bates has stepped to the front as leader of two very different but equally intriguing projects, his quintet Red 5 and the Good Vibes Trio. With the former, he released New Hope in fall 2012;  with the latter, he celebrated the release of the eponymous debut CD last month at the Icehouse, part of JT's Jazz Implosion series. With veteran performers/composers Dave Hagedorn on vibes and Phil Hey on drums, Good Vibes Trio (2014, Technecore), as well as their live performances,  offers a collection of sublime covers from Mingus to Coltrane to Hubbard, along with a fistful of engaging original compositions from the trio. Good Vibes will cover tunes from the album and more to help kickoff the holiday weekend at Jazz Central, on Friday May 23rd, 7:30 pm. They will be followed at 9:30 by a double-header curated by bassist Andrew Foreman.

    Grammy Winner Cassandra Wilson at the Dakota, May 19-20 PDF Print
    Written by Ronaldo Oregano and Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 18 May 2014

    Cassandra Wilson

    "...she is in full control of one of the most flexible and dramatically expressive voices in jazz.  —Allen Morrison (DownBeat)

    Acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and producer Cassandra Wilson makes a rare stop in the Twin Cities this week, taking the stage at the Dakota May 19-20 while on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Blue Light Til Dawn. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field," Wilson's signature style incorporates blues, country and folk music into her work.

    Lease/Moriarty with Michael Attias and Homer Lambrecht at Studio Z, May 18th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 17 May 2014

    Ellen Lease ©Andrea Canter

    Two of the area's leading improvisers get together with two more for an evening of new and exciting music at Studio Z on May 18th. Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty welcome live electronics musician Homer Lambrecht  and special visiting artist, saxophonist Michael Attias.

    Jazz @ St. Barneys Features the Travis Anderson Trio, May 17th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 15 May 2014

    Travis Anderson with Steve Pikal ©Andrea Canter

    Jazz @ St. Barneys closes its concert season on Saturday, May 17 with the swinging Travis Anderson Trio. Pianist Anderson is joined by long-standing cohorts Steve Pikal on bass and Nik Bortolussi on drums.

    Henry/Duncan/Matthews at Hopkins Center for the Arts, May 17th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 15 May 2014

    Bruce Henry ©Andrea Canter

    No, Henry, Duncan, Matthews is not a new law firm but a trio of award-winning vocalists creating an unforgettable evening at the Hopkins Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 17. HDM is Bruce Henry, Debbie Duncan and Gwen Matthews, three singers long associated with the best of the genre in the Twin Cities. Covering Soul, Broadway and Jazz classics from the likes of Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and George Gershwin, these local vocal legends will be backed by a virtuosic instrumental team of local musicians.

    JazzMN Announces 2014-15 Season Featuring Weckl, Christlieb and Mintzer PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 15 May 2014

    JazzMN Orchestra ©Andrea Canter

    The JazzMN Orchestra, Minnesota’s premier jazz orchestra, announced its 2014-15 season, featuring guest artists Dave Weckl, Pete Christlieb and Bob Mintzer. “We're very excited about this new concert series,” said Artistic Director Doug Snapp. “Once again, we have put together a wonderful variety of concerts with award-winning guest artists who appeal to a broad audience and cover a wide span of jazz styles.”

    Larry McDonough and Friends Bring "Poetry in Jazz and Classical" to Cool Summer Jazz, May 18 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    Larry McDonough ©Andrea Canter

    The Cool Summer Jazz Series at the Church of St. Albert the Great gets underway this weekend (May 18) with a program of "Poetry in Jazz and Classical" featuring a quartet led by pianist/composer Larry McDonough. He'll be joined by Carol Bergquist (flute), James Buckley (bass) and Mac Santiago (drums); Father Joseph Gillespie will provide poetry readings.

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