The Atlantis Quartet hasn’t performed at the Dakota in a few years but we’re back Wednesday Feb. 5th. This band has never sounded better and we’d love to see you there.
“Energy, emotion, expression, maturity, and moments of luminous beauty.” – MinnPost Artscape
Atlantis Quartet is at the forefront of the twin cities modern jazz scene. JazzTimes calls the band “startlingly original” and both the City Pages and Star Tribune have named them Best Twin Cities Jazz Artist (2011, 2012). In 2015, the group was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. Featuring four of Minnesota’s most exciting improvisors and composers, Atlantis Quartet is a band whose music “defies labels” (MPR).
Members: Brandon Wozniak (saxophone) Zacc Harris (guitar) Pete Hennig (drums) Chris Bates (bass)
CHRIS MORRISSEY W/ DAVE KING, BRANDON WOZNIAK AND ERIK FRATZKE
There’s another very cool show happening on Saturday Feb. 8th at the Icehouse. Dave King, Erik Fratzke and myself will be performing Chris Morrissey’s beautiful music where he’ll be playing and singing. IMHO, this is a can’t miss show and we’ll be doing one long set starting around 10pmish.
Chris Morrissey moved to New York from Minnesota in 2009. In the ensuing decade, he released 4 of his own records, joined the bands of Jim Campilongo and Mark Guiliana and served as music director for Sara Bareilles, Sharon Van Etten and Trixie Whitley.
He is a sometimes-member of Chris Thile’s Live From Here house band, teaches at The New School and tours the globe extensively.
Since leaving, Chris maintained close ties with the Minnesota music community, and is overjoyed to present some of his newest music with some of his oldest friends.
Chris Morrissey- bass/singing David King- drums Erik Fratzke- guitar Brandon Wozniak- saxophone
Dave King is one of the most celebrated drummers in modern jazz. His contributions to the Minneapolis and New York jazz scenes are incalculable, and his imagination and boundless enthusiasm behind (and around) the drum set are singular and stunning. He has performed in 75 countries on six continents, and has been a member of bands like The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Halloween Alaska, 12 Rods, Love Cars, The Gang Font, and others. He has also recorded or performed with Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman, Jeff Beck, Tim Berne, Mason Jennings, Mark Morris Dance Company, Haley Bonar, Meat Beat Manifesto, Craig Taborn, Jason Moran, David Torn, Atmosphere, and many others.
Brandon Wozniak is one of Minnesota’s most exciting saxophonists. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 after six years in New York City and a six month stint in Shanghai, China. Brandon studied music at Indiana University with David Baker, and privately with Tom Walsh. Brandon performs regularly with Dave King’s (Bad Plus, Happy Apple drummer) Dave King Trucking Company with saxophonist Chris Speed, the Atlantis Quartet(City Pages Best Jazz Artist 2011, Star Tribune Best Jazz Artist 2012), the great drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner), Bryan Nichols Quintet, Chris Bates Red 5, PBR Street Gang, Lars Larson’s Mancrush, Cory Healey’s Beautiful Happy Sunshine Band, Steve Kenny Quartet and DD7. Brandon has also performed with singer Nellie McKay, toured with the Tommy Dorsey Jazz Orchestra and shared the stage with organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jonathan Kreisberg, Francisco Mela (Joe Lovano’s US Five), Steve Davis, David Berkman and Dennis Gonzalez.
Anthony Cox’s career has spanned over 30 years encompassing music education, composition, and performance that include an extensive list of collaborations, performances, and recordings with notable artists in the field of jazz. The list includes Sam Rivers, Joe Lovano, Geri Allen, Kenny Wheeler, Ed Blackwell, Billy Higgins, John Scofield, The NDR Big Band, Dino Saluzzi, and Henry Threadgill.
Jazz in the Park Friday, June 7 12:00-1:00pm Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Note: If it’s raining, this event will be held at the Black Dog Cafe.
Celebrate the release of a new Zacc Harris album by spending your lunch hour with us! Grab something tasty from a nearby food truck and find a spot under the leafy canopy of Mears Park. The Zacc Harris Quintet is Zacc Harris (guitar), Brandon Wozniak (saxophone), Bryan Nichols (keyboard), Chris Bates (bass), JT Bates (drums). See you there!
Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Zacc Harris has gained a reputation as one of the area’s top guitarists, being named 2017 Twin Cities Best Jazz Artist by the City Pages. He performs in a host of creative projects including Atlantis Quartet, winner of the 2015 McKnight Fellowship and named 2011 Best Jazz Artist, as well as the Zacc Harris Group, American Reverie, and Zacc Harris Trio. As co-leader of Atlantis Quartet, Harris has released five critically acclaimed albums since 2006, as well as a digital anthology of the band’s first decade together. Renowned jazz critic Bill Milkowski wrote for JazzTimes Magazine, “Twin Cities modern jazz renegades shift nimbly from a punk-jazz aesthetic to ECM-ish sensitivity…startlingly original stuff.” Photo by Benny Moreno
$10 admission. $5 with student ID. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
Featuring Brandon Wozniak Jay Epstein Charlie Lincoln
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Charlie Lincoln is an in-demand bassist in the Twin Cities, performing with artists including Eric Kamau Grávátt (Weather Report), Babatunde Lea, and Davu Seru. Charlie has toured in China, Thailand, and Taiwan and has appeared at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival. In 2016, he co-founded the collective quartet Hoaxer which released its debut album Crash Test in 2017 on Illicit Productions.
Presented by Jon Morgan
About Wednesday New Boundaries: Jazz Central Studios becomes a veritable laboratory for new compositions and jazz experiments presented by stalwarts of the local jazz community.
In fall 2017, Brandon Wozniak and Bryan Nichols were playing a gig and got to talking about their mutual love of the Stan Getz/Kenny Barron duet album “People Time,” and how fun it might be to do our own recording in a similar vein. Thanks to Andrew Walesch at the Dunsmore Room at Crooner’s, a premier listening room in the Twin Cities, we have the opportunity to document two live concerts showcasing our intimate explorations of our own music and jazz standards, and a near-telepathic interplay forged in a decade mutual experience in a variety of Twin Cities best jazz groups, as well as casual duet settings. With two of the Twin Cities most in-demand musicians, a beautiful Steinway D and listening room, and the added intensity of live recording, these are must-see events.
Bryan Nichols + Brandon Wozniak Live Album Recording
If that’s not enough excitement, I’ll be playing with the Atlantis Quartet on Monday at the Icehouse. This will be our last performance before we head into the studio to record our 5th album. Ticket Info!
Thanks for checking in and I hope to see you at one of the shows. BW