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 Tuesday, 02 September 2014
Brad Bellows - Donald Washington Quartet Returns to the the The Black Dog in St. Paul PDF Print
Written by Don Berryman   
Thursday, 05 July 2012

"And of course my teacher Donald Washington who’s to me like Elijah Muhammed was to Malcolm X. I’m forever in his debt because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be playing saxophone or even thinking about music." James Carter

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Donald Washington © Andrea Canter

Valve-trombonist Brad Bellows teamed up with the renowned saxophionist and scholar Donald Washington along with Brian Rossler on bass and the time-bending Pete Hennig on drums last July at the Black Dog Cafein Saint Paul and produced wonderful music.  In what promises to be another exciting musical adventure, the Brad Bellows - Donald Washington Quartet will return to the Black Dog Coffee ans Wine Bar in Saint Paul's lowertown from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 6th.

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Brian Rossler © Andrea CAnter

“Our music is very vast. Sometimes you can’t pat your feet. The important thing is that the music is saying something. When you listen to Bird you can’t pat your foot. Music is the way we live. It’s our life, and that’s why our music is different.” - Donald Washington in a 2009 interview by Bill Graham .



Originally from Detroit, Donald Washington may be best known these days as the educator and “musical father” of star multi-reedist James Carter. Washington was the founder and leaaader ot the New Day Blues Band with wife, flautist and vocalist Faye Washington, son Kevin, and the late pianist, Sam Favors.

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Pete Hennig © Andrea Canter


Valve trombonist and band leader, Brad Bellows was trained at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and has been a professional musician for over 30 years. He is probably best best known as the founder and leader of Locally Damaging Winds, the Midwest's preeminent jazz trombone ensemble which brings together the finest trombone talent to perform original arrangements. Brad had a friendship and musical association with bthe late ebop legend Eddie Berger spanning decades. Brad also plays euphonium and released a CD playing it in a duo with guitarist Dean Granros called Bear's Delight.

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Brad Bellows © Andrea Canter
Bassist Brian Roessler has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Ghanaian master drummer Sowah Mensah and keyboard virtuoso Tony Hymas. He is currently a member of Fantastic Merlins and Kid Dakota. Last year he released a dou CD with NAthan Hanson called Bellfounding [click here fore Jazz Police review ].

Drummer Pete Hennig, who came to the Twin Cities to study at McNally Smith, also spent an additional three years studying with Dave King (Bad Plus, Happy Apple). His performance credits include Debbie Duncan, Katie Gearty, Sam Kuusisto, Tickle Fight, Patrick Harrison, Johnny Clueless, Park Evans and he is a member of the Atlantis Quartet and Monk in Motian.

 

Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar is located at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Lowertown, St. Paul, MN651-228-9274

 



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