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    The Year in Jazz - Twin Cities PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 31 December 2014

    Irv Williams at 95 İAndrea Canter

    I could join others and come up with a top ten recording list, or a top ten gig list-- although it seems that, save Pamela Espeland, I would probably be alone among the local media in naming a best of anything in jazz for 2014. Instead, I am going to try to recap what I think are the year's jazz highlights more generally.

    Jazzy New Year's Eve PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 29 December 2014

    Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin MichelleİAndrea Canter

    As the song says, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" For the first time in about 15 years or more, there is no jazz party at the Artists Quarter, although there will be a celebration previewing the new club in the old AQ space. Check out a variety of venues sporting jazz on the New Year's Eve menu:

    Aaron Hedenstrom CD Release at Studio Z, December 27 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 27 December 2014

    Aaron Hedenstrom

    Former resident, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate, award-winning composer, and up-and-coming tenor/alto saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom returns to the Twin Cities this weekend to celebrate the release of his small ensemble debut, A Moment of Clarity. He appears Saturday night, December 27th, 7 pm, on the Jazz at Studio Z series with local heroes Bryan Nichols on piano, Zacc Harris on guitar, Graydon Peterson on bass, and former UW-EC cohort Brian Claxton on drums. Aaron will conduct a pre-concert, open-to-all clinic on composing and arranging at 6 pm.

    Fat Kid Wednesdays, Saturday Jazz at the Black Dog, December 27 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 26 December 2014

    Fat Kid WednesdaysİAndrea Canter

    They first came together about 20 years ago, and now it has been about 15 years since this trio first played as Fat Kid Wednesdays. Despite their local ties (all grew up in Minnesota and continue to call the Twin Cities “home”), they may have their strongest following in France, where they record on the Nocturne Records label. Their appearance at the Stone in Manhattan in 2009 upped their cachet in the U.S., Richard Brody reporting in The New Yorker that “their exhilarating performance…revealed both the depth of their individual artistry and the symbiotic wonder of their interplay.” Fat Kids, which includes drummer JT Bates, bassist Adam Linz and saxophonist Michael Lewis, hits the stage at the Black Dog on Saturday, December 27, part of the new Saturday Night Jazz series at 8:30 pm. The opening band--the Steve Kenny Trio-- is no "opening act," featuring accomplished veterans Steve Kenny on flumpet and Graydon Peterson on bass, with young lion Miguel Hurtado on drums (7 pm).


    Good Vibes, Good Music: Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio, December 26 at Jazz Central PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 25 December 2014


    Good Vibes Trio İ 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 in spring 2014. 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 enhance your holidays on Friday, December 26, at Jazz Central, part of the Bridge Series at 7:30 pm. They will be followed at 9:30 by the young lions' ensemble, Sound Skirmish.

    Kansas City's Bob Bowman - Two Gigs at Jazz Central, December 24 and 27 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 23 December 2014

    Bob BowmanİAndrea Canter

    Bassist Bob Bowman is no stranger to the Twin Cities. The Kansas City veteran is often on the bandstand whenever vocalist Karrin Allyson is in town -- and that tends to be an annual gig. In fact Bob was on the Dakota stage with Allyson earlier this week. Another local connection is pianist Laura Caviani, whose acclaimed 2008 recording Going There boasts a Kansas City rhythm team in Bowman and drummer Todd Strait. Bowman is hanging out all week in the Twin Cities, teaming with local innovators Brandon Wozniak, Doan Brian Roessler and Pete Hennig for a Christmas Eve double-bass quartet at Jazz Central and returning to Jazz Central Saturday night (December 27) for a special duo show with Laura Caviani.

    Inevitable Holiday - The Bad Plus Brings Rite of December to the Dakota PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 22 December 2014

    The Bad PlusİAndrea Canter

    "Inevitable Western is a reminder that The Bad Plus are not a 'piano trio' in any ordinary sense of the term, but a unit of strikingly different voices acting as one in expanding the boundaries of jazz." --Thom Jurek, All About Jazz

    Celebrating 15 years of collaboration, global touring, acclaimed recordings, even controversy as to their relationship to “real jazz,” The Bad Plus ranks as one of the most popular genre-bending ensembles in modern music. Bringing a surreal yet symphonic approach to an original and “borrowed” repertoire, the trio has been compared to other ensembles that seem to appeal as much to young rockers as middle-aged boppers, but they remain a unique force in improvisational music, covering anything from Stravinsky (Rite of Spring) to Black Sabbath as well as their ever-evolving original compositions, highlighted on their new release, Inevitable Western. Bringing together Ethan Iverson’s creative, humor-spiked percussive piano, Reid Anderson’s often-melodious, never laid-back bass, and the incredible treasure chest of rhythm and sound from Dave King’s drum menagerie, this acoustic trio is as apt to fill the Hollywood Bowl as the Village Vanguard. And in what has become a much-anticipated tradition, The Bad Plus will preview their annual New Year residency at the Village Vanguard with four nights at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis, December 25-28.

    Karrin Allyson Celebrates the Holidays at the Dakota, December 21-22 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 19 December 2014

    Yuletide Hideaway

    "She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain…incisive, original, and emotionally convincing.”-- Gary Giddens

    A four-time Grammy nominee whose discography ranges from Paris to Rio, from ballads to blues, from upbeat swing to gloomy contemplation, Karrin Allyson keeps forging new directions. In 2013, she finally put her talents as vocalist, songwriter, pianist and arranger into a Yuletide Hideway, a sharp 180-degree turn from her previous project, 2011's critically acclaimed Round Midnight. And in 2015, Allyson will release her first collection of all-original tunes. In time for the holidays, Karrin returns to one of her "home" bases, the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis, December 21-22, offering seasonal songs from Yuletide Hideway, some previews of the new original works, and favorites from her ever-expanding repertoire. Local pal Laura Caviani will be on piano, with Karrin's Kansas City rhythm team of Rod Fleeman (guitar) and Bob Bowman (bass).

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