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From “Mount Royal” to Hopkins, MN: Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, February 25

February 24, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter “…the two disparate worlds of these two singular musicians push and pull at one another to create true harmony.” –Kenneth Pattengale, liner notes, Avalon Two outstanding guitarists from two seemingly different musical worlds converge at the Hopkins Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 25. Jazz prodigy Julian Lage and bluegrass hero […]

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 24-March 2

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© Andrea Canter If the past week was a whirlwind of jazz, then this Saturday alone will keep our ears spinning. In the vortex this week–Julian Lage, John Scofield, Laura Caviani and Chris Olson, Jack Brass Band, the Pat Moriarty-Phil Hey Duo…. keep the gigs coming.   Big Gigs This Week Friday, February 24. One-time […]

Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog — Minnesota Hard Bop Collective and Julian Manzara Quartet, February 25

February 23, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter Two outstanding bands of largely young “veterans” converge at the Black Dog on Saturday, February 25, on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, curated by Steve Kenny. The Julian Manzara Quartet opens at 7 pm, followed by the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective at 8:30.   Julian Manzara Quartet (7 […]

Jazz @ St Barneys: Laura Caviani and Chris Olson, February 25

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© Andrea Canter Curated by Jeff Whitmill for the past decade, Jazz @ St. Barney’s presents some of the area’s most popular jazz artists on its at least monthly series, sometimes in familiar, sometimes in new configurations. Pianist Laura Caviani and guitarist Chris Olson have played instrumental jazz together over the years, but recently have […]

John Scofield’s “Country for Old Men” at the Dakota, February 25

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© Andrea Canter “…not only does Scofield—playing better than he ever has—have plenty of surprises still up his sleeve, but …he may well be moving in a direction where the myriad of music he loves is now all fair game, all while still remaining firmly in the jazz sphere.” –John Kelman, All About Jazz One […]

Larry Coryell, 1943-2017: Jazz Warrior – An Appreciation

February 22, 2017  •  

© Ken Vermes  Ed. note: One of the pioneers of fusion guitar as well as a much admired jazz musician, Larry Coryell passed away unexpectedly on February 19 at age 73, following a gig at the Iridium in New York. Larry recalled a friend telling him, as an aspiring teen guitarist, that he would “never […]