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 Saturday, 20 December 2014
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    Like the Good Ol' Days - Kenny Horst and Friends at the Icehouse, Black Dog PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Sunday, 21 September 2014

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    Kenny HorstİAndrea Canter
     

    For many years during the Artists Quarter's run in Saint Paul, one of the most popular ensembles was How Birds Work--Peter Schimke, Dean Granros, Billy Peterson and AQ owner Kenny Horst. Over time, Chris Bates took over for the often-touring Peterson. When the AQ closed at the end of 2013, many wondered if it was also the end of HBW. This week, two gigs should allay any such fears, as Kenny Horst gathers pals from How Birds Work--joined by saxophonist Pete Whitman-- for a night at the Icehouse on Monday, September 22 (9:30 pm), part of the weekly JT's Jazz Implosion series. And you can hear the original HBW (with Billy Peterson on bass) at the Black Dog on Saturday, September 27 (8:30 pm), as the first installment of the new mostly weekly Saturday Jazz at the Black Dog series, curated by Steve Kenny.

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    New York Guitarist Joel Harrison at Jazz Central, September 20 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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    "A guitar genius." -- Chris Waddington, New Orleans Times Picayune

    "Best unknown guitarist in America" --Brent Black, www.criticaljazz.com

    A veteran of the New York jazz scene, guitarist/composer Joel Harrison makes a rare visit to the Twin Cities this week, appearing on the program for the Arts Midwest Conference. On Saturday, September 20,  he joins bassist Chris Bates and drummer Pete Hennig at Jazz Central Studios at 8 pm, performing music from Harrison's latest recording, Mother Stump.

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    Mary Louse Knutson Trio Launches New Season of Jazz @St. Barneys, September 20 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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    The long-running Jazz @ St. Barney's concert series gets underway Saturday, September 20 at St. Barnabas Art Center in Plymouth with the Mary Louise Knutson Trio. A popular pianist and educator based in the Twin Cities, Mary Louise will be joined by bassist Geoff Brennan and drummer Greg Schutte.

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    Monk in Motian Returns, September 19 at Jazz Central Studios PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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    “You know, anybody can play a composition and use far-out chords and make it sound wrong. It’s making it sound right that’s not easy." -- Thelonious Monk, 1961

    For many years, only the most sophisticated jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane, appreciated the genius of Thelonious Monk. One of the greatest (and most prolific) composers of the 20th century, today Monk is celebrated for his many compositions that are part of the standard repertoire of jazz, from straight ahead to avant garde. Not only did Monk write hundreds of tunes, his off-kilter structures and rhythms offer endless avenues for interpretation regardless of stylistic leanings.  One such group of interpreters is the local ensemble, Monk in Motian, founded about five years ago by guitarist Zacc Harris and on hiatus for the past two years. Now the sextet returns in its unique 2-sax, 2-guitar format, performing on the Bridge Series at Jazz Central this Friday, September 19th at 7:30 pm. The line-up for this gig includes Harris and Park Evans on guitars, Brandon Wozniak and Scott Fultz on saxophones, Matt Peterson on bass and Cory Healey on drums.

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    Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet: Strange Bedfellows Make Great Music at the Dakota, 9/17 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 15 September 2014

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    Nellie McKay is difficult to classify. She’s well versed in jazz, stand-up comedy, theater, and political satire. She seems to fit the “singer/songwriter” category, which itself has vague boundaries. However you label her talent, it is undeniably unique and, more important, entertaining. The Turtle Island String Quartet is also difficult to classify. They are highly skilled classical string musicians who tackle such repertoire as Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane, which they more often perform in jazz clubs and festivals than concert halls.

    So what would happen if Nellie McKay joined forces with the Turtle Island Quartet over such repertoire as Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s? Possibly the most entertaining show of the year, McKay and TIQ come together at the Dakota on Wednesday, September 17, with two shows at 6:30 and 8:30 pm (note earlier showtimes).


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    “Best Neighborhood Jazz Festival” on Selby Avenue, September 13th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 09 September 2014

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    “It’s got just the right free-spirited vibe to keep things loose, and each year the line-up gets more impressive.” –Mpls-St Paul Magazine, Best of the Twin Cities 2007

    OK, so there’s not a long list of neighborhood jazz festivals in the Twin Cities and one of the biggest (Freedom Jazz Festival) has been held only intermittently over the past five years. But for a grassroots neighborhood gathering in the name of jazz, you really can’t beat the annual happening at Milton and Selby Avenues in St. Paul, and the free 13th annual event will be held this Saturday, September 13th, from 11 am – 8 pm.

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    John Raymond's Roots Trio on Tour: At Studio Z, September 13 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 09 September 2014

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    John Raymond İAndrea Canter
     

    Dubbed "a prepossessing young trumpet player..." by The New York Times, Minnesota native John Raymond has steadily ascended the ladder of the New York jazz scene since he arrived 5 years ago to pursue graduate studies at SUNY-Purchase. He'll soon release a new recording featuring the great drummer Billy Hart, and is now on a Midwest tour with his Roots Trio, featuring guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan. As a special concert on the Jazz at Studio Z series, the Roots Trio performs in Saint Paul on Saturday, September 13 (7 pm), following a master class at 5:30 pm. The musicians will stick around long enough to make their first recording at Terrarium Studios in Minneapolis, for release in 2015.

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    Evan Christopher and Twin Cities Swing Team at the Dakota, September 10 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 08 September 2014

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    One of the world's chief proponents of jazz clarinet travels the "Clarinet Road" to the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis, performing two shows on September 10 with a crackerjack rhythm team of the most swinging Twin Cities musicians-- Rick Carlson, Keith Boyles and Mac Santiago. Although billed as a salute to Sidney Bechet, the music more accurately reflects Christopher's determination to celebrate the singular music of New Orleans.



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