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    Getting Into Holiday Mode at the Dakota in November PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Friday, 31 October 2014

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    HiromiİAndrea Canter
     

    An all-star pianist and her volcanic trio, the encyclopedic sage of keyboards and anything related, and "Guitar Passions" with two of the genre's most elegant practitioners highlight jazz dates at the Dakota in November, while such music icons as Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainright III, Shawn Colvin and our own Davina and the Vagabonds keep club standards high. Keep updated at the Dakota's website as more events will be added to fill out the month.

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    What Would Monk Do? At the Black Dog, November 1 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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    Steve KennyİAndrea Canter
     

    What would have happened if eccentric genius Thelonious Monk had encountered four of the best Twin Cities jazzmen? Trumpeter Steve Kenny, pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Billy Peterson and drummer Kenny Horst first asked that question in 2010 at the Artists Quarter, and the quartet has gathered together a few times since. Boasting musicians who helped shape the music at the AQ in its final run, Saturday Night at the Black Dog in St. Paul's Lowertown welcomes What Would Monk Do on November 1 at 8:30 pm.

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    Double-Time Spooky! B-3 Organ, Atlantis Quartet at Jazz Central on October 31 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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    Atlantis QuartetİAndrea Canter
     

    Jazz Central will host a spooky night of jazz on Friday, October 31, starting with a B-3 Organ dual (Kevin Gastonguay and Mac Santiago) followed by an annual Halloween show from the Atlantis Quartet (Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig), performing Coltrane's A Love Supreme in its entirety. Put on your costume (optional) and  get ready for some jazzy treats and perhaps a few tricks. The fun begins at 7:30 pm.

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    Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog, October 25 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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    Steve KennyİAndrea Canter
     

    The Steve Kenny Quartet featuring Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and JT Bates performs at the Black Dog on Saturday, October 25th, part of the Saturday Night Jazz series.   

     

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    Jeremy Walker Quartet at Jazz Central, October 24 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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    Jeremy WalkerİAndrea Canter
     

    One of the Twin Cities' most prolific jazz composers and bandleaders, Jeremy Walker brings a quartet of top area musicians to Jazz Central Studios this Friday, October 24th, part of the Bridge Series. Joining pianist Walker will be saxophonist Scott Fultz, bassist Jeff Brueske, and drummer Miguel Hurtado. The Bridge Series at Jazz Central was initiated a year ago to "bridge the gap" left when the Artists Quarter closed. The fun begins at 7:30 pm.

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    Canadian Chanteuse Elizabeth Shepherd at Jazz Central, October 23 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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    Elizabeth Shepherd
     

    Montreal-based soul jazz singer/songwriter/pianist Elizabeth Shepherd has been described as "versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass band and classical sonatas." A three-time JUNO nominee (Canadian Grammy), her talent has taken her on tours through North America, Europe, Japan and Mexico, from the Montreal to North Sea Jazz Festivals. Now, armed with a brand new recording, Shepherd's travels bring her to the Twin Cities, where she will be the featured artist on the Jazz Central Studio's Vocal Jazz night, October 23rd.

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    Piano and Bass in Spotlight at Jazz Central, October 22 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Monday, 20 October 2014

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    Graydon PetersonİAndrea Canter
     

    One of the younger veterans on the local jazz scene joins forces with one of the youngest of the young lions for a night of bass/piano duo magic at Jazz Central on Wednesday, October 22. Bassist Graydon Peterson and pianist Joe Strachan will play a couple sets of pure imagination.

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    Leigh Kamman, The Voice of Jazz, 1922-2014 PDF Print
    Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
    Saturday, 18 October 2014

    "His instrument is a microphone. There's only one voice like that in this world." – Percy Hughes

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    Leigh Kamman İ Andrea Canter
     

    A long and celebrated era in jazz journalism ended in fall 2008 with Leigh Kamman’s final broadcast of The Jazz Image on MPR. After a six-decade career including a 34-year run on MPR, Kamman’s retirement was truly the end of an era spanning his interview of Duke Ellington as a teen reporter to his shows for Armed Forces radio during World War Two, through broadcasts from Harlem to his long stint at MPR and induction into the Pavek Museum Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Leigh's presence in the jazz community continued despite declining health, with a 90th birthday celebration in 2012 at the Artists Quarter and occasional appearances at various jazz events. Kamman passed away on October 17 at age 92, taking a lot of jazz history with him, but leaving behind a rich legacy of interviews, broadcasts and scores of jazz fans who owe him much of our love--and knowledge of--the music.

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