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    John Raymond in Minneapolis, July 12 & 14 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 10 July 2014

     

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    John Raymond İAndrea Canter

    Twin Cities native John Raymond seems to be living every young jazz musician's dream -- finding success in New York. With regular club gigs with his own ensembles, participating in the renowned Festival of New Trumpet, leading a recording session with the likes of living drum legend Billy Hart, John is building a reputation as one of the rising stars of the Big Apple. He still keeps his Twin Cities connections strong, however, and will be back in town this weekend, hosting a forum and quartet performance at Jazz Central on Saturday, July 12, and another quartet gig on Monday, July 14 at the Icehouse, both in Minneapolis.

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    Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog, July 11 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 10 July 2014

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    The Steve Kenny Quartet featuring Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Babatunde Lea performs at the Black Dog on Friday, July 11th (8 pm).  The band will focus on the Monk songbook, as well as pay homage to the free jazz tradition in the form of open improvisational frameworks influenced by Monk and current events.

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    Back on Stage! Pete Whitman X-Tet at Jazz Central, July 11th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 10 July 2014

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    X-TetİAndrea Canter
     

    A long-time monthly fixture at the Artists Quarter, the Pete Whitman X-Tet has kept a low profile since the AQ closed at the end of 2013. Fans of this savvy little big band as well as the uninitiated will delight in the ensemble's debut at Jazz Central Studios in Southeast Minneapolis on Friday, July 11, at 7:30 pm. The gig is part of the weekly "Bridge Series" -- bringing in artists and ensembles who were frequent performers at the Artists Quarter.

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    Arne and Maud, Bing and Rosemary:"The Crosby-Clooney Story" Reprised at Chanhassen Dinner Theater PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Thursday, 10 July 2014

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    Maud Hixson and Arne Fogel İAndrea Canter
     

    Long-time musical partners Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson brought long-time partners Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney to life on the Schneider Theater stage in Bloomington in December 2011. This weekend (July 11-12), Arne and Maude reprise “Fancy Meeting You Here: The Crosby - Clooney Story” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. With Music Director Rick Carlson and the Wolverines, they present beloved Crosby/Clooney songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s with a Friday evening and Saturday matinee show.

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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

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    “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.

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    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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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