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    Thirteen Jazz Artists Receive 2014 Doris Duke Awards PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 22 April 2014
    Craig Taborn İ Andrea Canter

    Minnesota native pianist/composer Craig Taborn is among the recipients of 2014 Doris Duke Artist Awards! The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced today the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. Both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special, ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000. In addition to Taborn, other jazz musicians receiving Artist Awards are Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, Randy Weston, Steve Lehman and Zeena Perkins. Seven jazz artists received Impact Awards, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, Ambrose Akinmisure, Ben Monder, Aruan Ortiz, Matana Roberts, and Jen Shyu. Others from the Twin Cities, Ranee Ramaswamy, founder and co-director of Ragmala Dance and Emily Johnson, director of the Catalyst dance company, also received Artist Awards, and puppet theater artist Michael Sommers of Open Eye Figure Theater received an Impact Award.

    Take a "Ghost Tour" With Graydon Peterson at Jazz Central, April 23rd PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 21 April 2014

    Graydon PetersonİAndrea Canter

    One of the busiest and most forward-moving jazz artists in the Twin Cities, bassist Graydon Peterson has appeared on stage with a long list of area instrumental and vocal artists, with visiting touring artists, with larger ensembles like Snowblind, and as leader of his own Quartet. More recently focusing on compositions and arrangements for his bands, Graydon has launched a new trio, Ghost Tour, coming about monthly into Jazz Central Studios with an emphasis on new works from Peterson, guitarist Park Evans and drummer Adrian Suarez. You can take the Ghost Tour this Wednesday, April 23 at 8:30 pm.

    José James Brings "Everything I Love About Music" to The Cedar, April 21 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 19 April 2014

    Jose JamesİAndrea Canter

    “The rawness is daring, and James has an unconventional vocal style, a deep baritone that’s soft and elegant and at times haunting – like a male Billie Holiday, a darker Lou Rawls or in a lot of ways a human adaptation of Coltrane’s sax work.” (Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune)

    A finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition in 2004, Minneapolis native and South High graduate Jose James has challenged critics and consumers to classify his wide-ranging talent. Is he jazz, R&B, soul or what? With three acclaimed recordings to his credit, a feature in the May 2010 issue of Jazz Times, and a major story in the February 2013 issue of Downbeat, his recent projects range from his Coltrane/Hartman tour with McCoy Tyner to his hip-hop informed Future Now with Taylor McFerrin and the Robert Glasper Experiment. The title of his fourth release and Blue Note debut, No Beginning, No End, most aptly describes James’ view of his music – “I don’t wanna get stuck into anything,” he told Downbeat. Touching on jazz, neo-soul, R&B, hip-hop, rock, electronica and folk, José hopes to move away from the label “jazz singer” to be known as a musician without genre limits. If the response to his recent tours is any indication (“I found that when I just play my stuff, it attracts everybody, the most diverse crowd I’ve seen at any show…”), there will be a large audience from all realms of Twin Cities music when he returns to The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on April 21st. James last appeared in the Twin Cities at The Cedar in January 2013.

    Cory Healey 4Tet at Studio Z, April 19 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 18 April 2014
    Cory Healey İ Andrea Canter

    On Saturday, April 19, at 7 pm, Jazz at Studio Z presents the Cory Healey 4tet featuring Healey on drums, trumpeter Jake Baldwin, guitarist Zacc Harris, and bassist Erik Fratzke. The band will perform a selection of works by Healey, as well as Charlie Parker, Tony Williams, Charles Lloyd, Bob Dylan and more. An hour before the concert at 6 pm, Healey will lead a free presentation of "Bol: An Introduction to Indian Rhythmic Syllables." Jazz at Studio Z is a nearly monthly concert/workshop series curated by Zacc Harris and funded through a grant from the Metropolitan Region Arts Council. This is the third season of Jazz at Studio Z, a rehearsal and performance space managed by the Zeitgeist ensemble in Saint Paul's Lowertown.

    Moving "Counterclockwise" at Jazz Central: The Bridge Series, April 18th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 16 April 2014

    Tanner TaylorİAndrea Canter

    It's often said that creative musicians march to the beat of a different drummer. For the trio of Tanner Taylor, Zacc Harris and Jay Epstein, the beats move Counterclockwise -- their long-running organ trio that takes the spotlight in the Friday night Bridge Series at Jazz Central on April 18th. This is a not-too-often opportunity to hear piano master Taylor on his other instrument, the B-3 organ.

    Ginger Commodore Hosts Birthday Party for Dennis Spears, April 18th at the Dakota PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 16 April 2014

    Dennis SpearsİAndrea Canter

    Dennis Spears and Ginger Commodore will be celebrating Dennis's birthday on April 18th at the Dakota Jazz Club, and want you to share in the fun. Two of the four members of Moore by Four and easily two of the most popular singers in the metro area, Ginger and Dennis have partnered at the Dakota more than a few times before, and each time out, it's an Earthquake of sound, energy and emotion. "Bring the deodorant cuz it's gonna get funky!!!" they warn us!

    Weekend of Song and Musical Magic at Orchestra Hall: Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli / Bobby McFerrin PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 15 April 2014

    John PizzarelliİAndrea Canter

    Back to back shows at Minnesota Orchestra Hall this weekend highlight two vastly different styles that fall within the genres of vocal jazz and improvised music. Although he died nearly 50 years ago, Nat King Cole remains a major influence in modern music. Both his smoky tenor voice and string of hit tunes made him, literally, "Unforgettable." Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli, two giants of jazz, a generation apart, join together to salute Cole with a show named after his first hit album, Straighten Up and Fly Right, on Friday, April 18.  On Saturday, April 19, a very different, equally influential voice comes direct to the stage as vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin presents music from his latest project, spirityouall, an amalgam of jazz, bluegrass, progressive rock, baroque and world music.

    Saxophonist Christopher McBride at Eden Prairie High School Band Fundraiser, April 17th PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Tuesday, 15 April 2014

    Christopher McBrideİAndrea Canter

    One of the brightest young stars on the national jazz scene brings his quintet to Eden Prairie to help raise funds to support future young stars. On April 17th, the Christopher McBride Quintet will visit Eden Prairie High School, providing a day of clinics and workshops, followed by an evening concert featuring the McBride  Quintet, both with the EPHS band (directed by Mike Whipkey) and the quintet alone. All proceeds from this event -- organized by the Eden Prairie Band Parent Organization--will be donated to the EPHS band department.

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