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It is just such a democratic unit, a jazz unit, if it is done right. Each one has a voice. There is a central theme and you make a whole. It is such a sharing thing. It is such a community. Can you imagine if the whole world was run on these principles? It is a dangerous philosophy in a way. - Sathima Bea Benjamin
 Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Red Planet + Bill Carrothers = Magnificent Mayhem at Creation Audio, October 14 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   


Red Planet Andrea Canter

One of the area’s most innovative musical trios joins forces with one of the world's most creative pianists for an intimate evening at Creation Audio in Minneapolis on October 14. With very limited seating, this meeting of Red Planet (Dean Magraw, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein) and Bill Carrothers will be recording in the studio under the technical leadership of engineer/studio owner Steve Wiese. But anyone lucky enough to snare a ticket will be treated to a preview of the recording before it's mixed! Music begins at 7:30 and remaining tickets are available through Pay Pal. As a big thank you for supporting this collaboration, ticket holders will also receive a signed copy of the new studio recording, to be released in the first half of 2016.

NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman's Expansions at the Green Mill E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
"Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction." - Downbeat Magazine

Dave Liebman Rainer Ojaste
David Liebman, who was award the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, has shown an ability to play in any style of jazz, especially on what has become his instrument of choice, the soprano sax. In addition, he has been a strong advocate of the music, having founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), an organization dedicated to bringing together educators and students from jazz schools worldwide. Expansions, a Dave Liebman Group featuring: Dave Liebman on saxophones, Matt Vashlishan on saxophones, Bobby Avey on piano, Tony Marino on bass, and Alex Ritz on drums will appear at the Green Mill on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th.

Larry Coryell Runs the Indo Fusion Style Like No Other E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   
Larry Coryell Ken Vermes

In two back-to-back concerts, guitarist Larry Coryell reminded Californians why he has always been a favorite, and why as a guitarist he is still capable of holding the flame of improvisational power that he demonstrated at the very beginning of his career. It was back in 1967, nearly fifty years ago, when an album by Gary Burton with Steve Swallow, Roy Haynes and Larry was purchased by both rock and jazz fans who settled back to listen to what was jazz of a very different variety. It featured a guitar player who had the chops and personality to include rock phrases in his playing in a seemingly sweeping style that announced that there were no holds barred. The melodies could be abstract, but the musical flow was enchanting, mystical and haunting. The vibes and guitar were bell-like, with a very open style that belied the driving blues-based playing that has dominated the jazz guitar vocabulary for years, both then and now. Right from the start, Larry Coryell was determined to put a stamp of originality on his playing. That drive, for the new and fresh sounds, is still very much with him, and his Duster is still a very beautiful and even hypnotic album, filled with songs that in many ways perfectly capture an era full of freedom and powerful musical impulses.

Free! Jazz Piano Workshop for Students With Benny Green on October 24! E-mail
Written by Administrator   

Benny Green Andrea Canter

The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and Schubert Club announce their fourth annual Jazz Piano Workshop-- a day of free presentations and clinics for student pianists (grades 7-12) interested in or already experience in jazz. Held from 10 am - 4:30 pm on October 24 (lunch provided), the workshop will take place at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul and will feature acclaimed jazz pianist Benny Green, along with Twin Cities' jazz pianists/educators Laura Caviani and Sean Turner.

Phil Hey Quartet Debuts at Crooners' Lounge, October 13 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Phil Hey Quartet Andrea Canter

“The PHQ is a true, seasoned ensemble laying down a musical vision with common purpose.”—Pat Courtemanche

Twin Cities jazz fans may not always appreciate our great fortune—to live in a community blessed with some of the finest musicians in the country, artists who have played with such legends as Charlie Rouse, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Benny Carter, Jay McShann, and Dewey Redman. Count drummer Phil Hey among our local giants! And count his Phil Hey Quartet among our local treasurers, long associated with the Artists Quarter and now finding other venues from which to launch their musical fireworks. On October 13, the PHQ makes its debut at Crooners Lounge, on the new Tuesday Instrumental Jazz series. Music begins at 7 pm, and as always, there is no cover at Crooners.

Third Stream Dream Team: Tom Harrell's "First Impressions" and Quintet at the Village Vanguard E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tom Harrell Andrea Canter

Trumpeter/composer, Tom Harrell is known for his superb lyricism and poetry in his playing and writing.  With his nine-piece chamber ensemble, Harrell interprets the works of Debussy and Ravel and blurs the boundaries between jazz and classical music. This ensemble includes the members of his working band of over 10 years - Wayne Escoffery, Danny Grissett, Ugonna Okegwo, and Johnathan Blake; a notable jazz woodwind player, Charles Pillow on flutes; and three string players who are equally adept at classical and jazz repertoires — Meg Okura (violin), Rubin Kodheli (cello), and Rale Micic (guitar). They play the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, October 6th through Sunday, October 11th and Harrell returns the following week with his Quintet 0n Tuesday, October 13th through Sunday, October 18th

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