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"Eventually, in order to find out if you really have what it takes, you have to go to the center, and that's New York...you can only do so much in your hometown." - Sonny Fortune
 
 Saturday, 20 December 2014
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Twin Cities Jazz Sampler: CD Release and Multi-Band Celebration at Jazz Central, December 20 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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If the health of a jazz scene is measured by the number of well-regarded recordings released by a long list of bands in a relatively short period of time (two years), then the scene in the Twin Cities is both healthy and exemplary. Documenting this status, and hoping to increase public awareness of the quality and availability of Twin Cities jazz, Steve Kenny and Illicit Productions have compiled the Twin Cities Jazz Sampler, Volume One, with thirteen tracks representing thirteen ensembles and a cross section of artists currently leading the MN jazz scene, from the veteran-filled Illicit Sextet and Chris Lomheim Trio  and the cross-generational Good Vibes Trio to ensembles led by younger veterans (Atlantis Quartet, Chris Bates Red 5, Zacc Harris Group, Bryan Nichols Quintet, Graydon Peterson Quartet, Adam Meckler Orchestra, Jana Nyberg Group, Foreign Motion) to a new crop of exciting young performers (Courageous Endeavors and Group 47). The Sampler, funded via a Kickstarter campaign, will be celebrated with a release party at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 20, featuring live performances from three representative ensembles -- Good Vibes Trio, Atlantis Quartet and Group 47. The Twin Cities Jazz Sampler includes music from the following bands:

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Mike Lewis Goes Solo at Khyber Pass, December 18 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

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Michael LewisİAndrea Canter
 

[Mike Lewis is ] “this gunslinger in his outpost. If you’re in a room and he’s playing, you’re going to feel it.” --Dave King

One of the best known and most creative improvisers on the Twin Cities jazz scene, saxophonist/bassist Michael Lewis (Happy Apple, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Andrew Bird) goes solo on Thursday, December 18 in the intimate space of the Khyber Pass Cafe, starting at 9 pm.

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Verve and Blue Note: Two BIG Books Make the Perfect Holiday Present for a Jazzer E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Recently it has come to my attention that that it would be nearly impossible to find a music gift for a dedicated jazz fan with a massive, almost complete record, CD and download collection. Such collectors already have so much, there is no longer room anywhere for even one single vinyl addition. Two publishers have come up with the solution of this BIG problem, and their answer is two very BIG books  by Richard Havers, one the greatest individual music writing production authors in the world. From the look of his website, www.richardhavers.com, he writes non-stop, seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day.

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Pamela Rose's "Wild Women of Song": The Neglected Women of the Jazz Era E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Pamela Rose (photo Jennifer Paschal)
 

"It's more than a jazz concert. It's a swinging honors course in womankind!" -- Bruce Kelley, San Francisco Magazine

Pamela Rose, the singer, bandleader, researcher, and bicycling one-woman promoter of her show, Wild Women of Song, posted in response to our Facebook comments on the performance. “Ken,” she stated, “I'm so glad you were there. This work somehow has eluded any live press review, although we've performed it many times in the Bay Area. Thank you for standing up for Wild Women!”

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New Collaborations in World Music Spur Bay Area Arts Programs E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Toure' - Raichel (photo: Jason Marck)
 

Recently two concerts in the Bay Area revealed a thrilling development in the San Francisco music scene. Two individuals, one the director of music programs at a local institution of learning, the other the founder of a dance company, are creating directions and experiments in world  music that are new and daring. The fact that these experiments are coming from corners of the Bay Area music scene not usually associated with such adventures is not entirely surprising.

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A Tribute to Myrna Daniels and L.A. Jazz Scene at Catalina's E-mail
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   

 

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Cheryl Bentyne and Myrna Daniels (photo Craig Levine)

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Myrna Daniels, editor and publisher of L.A.’s only jazz newspaper, L.A. Jazz Scene, was honored at Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywoood, CA. The tribute was put on by the non-profit Jazz del Corazon, an organization founded by singer Jackie Gibson and music producer Clifford Bell that has helped musicians in critical times of need.  They have produced several shows for very worthy and needy musicians.  Their particular desire and goal for this tribute was to help Ms. Daniels with significant upgrades to L.A. Jazz Scene newspaper, including a more comprehensive (and much needed) web presence.   

 

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