Excited to play with Jeff Bailey and Phil Hey tonight. You are welcome to join us at the Blackdog in St. Paul, MN for Saturday Night Jazz at the Blackdog. Thx!
Friday & Saturday, June 7th & 8th
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.
Zacc Harris Group
Jazz in the Park
Friday, June 7
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
I’ll be playing in a few of these but don’t let that deter you. It’ll be raining sweet jazz all month long. Please come out!
Jon Morgan Presents: Charlie Lincoln
January 2, 2019 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$10 admission. $5 with student ID. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
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
Jan 13 (6:30-8pm)
Jan 14 (7:30-9:30pm)
Dunsmore Room at Crooner’s
6161 HWY 65 NE
Fridley, MN 55432
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
Dave King Trucking Company West Coast Tour! Hope to see you out at one of these shows. XOXO
Hi jazz fans. I’ve been really bad about updating my website so I hope you all don’t crash my site to feast on the new content once I post this to facebook, America’s # 1 source for news and fighting with one another. I’m not trying to write a book here so I’ll just say that I’m playing with a couple fun groups this week and we’d love to see you at the shows.
First up is Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie with the
Pete Hennig Quartet
Thursday May 25th – 9:00pm – Pete Hennig Quartet
With Pete Hennig – Drums, Brandon Wozniak – Tenor Sax,
Brian Ziemniak – keyboards, and Yohannes Tona – Bass
I submit the first picture collage made to entice you.
Too late, you’re enticed. See you there.
Gig # 2
Park Evans 5-tet & Selby Brass Band Saturday Night Jazz at the Blackdog
Saturday May 27th – 8:30pm
Park Evans – Guitar, Brandon Wozniak – Tenor Sax,
Steve Kenny – FLUMPET,Cody McKinney – Bass,
Greg Schutte – Drums
7:00pm Opening Set : The Selby Brass Band
With Larry Sims – Trumpet, Chris Fulton- Trombone,
Marilyn Parker – Sax, Tom Wells – Tuba, Trenon Graham – Drums
You probably thought there was no way in H E double hockey sticks that I would be able to produce another picture collage. Wrong and I’m not sleeping in that pic. Thanks for checking out my site and look for the next post in 2018.
This Saturday, December 17, Jazz At Studio Z presents the Babatunde Lea Sextet premiering the “New Rituals of Unity” suite, co-composed by Babatunde Lea and sideman Zacc Harris, based on a series of traditional West African chants.
As always, the concert will feature two sets of music starting at 7p with a master class preceding it at 6p. For this show’s master class, we will be doing a live podcast for the second time, presenting a conversation with Lea in front of a live audience.
Advanced tickets are available for $10 at http://
Babatunde Lea – percussion
Brandon Wozniak – tenor saxophone
JC Sanford – trombone
Zacc Harris – guitar
Phil Aaron – piano
Graydon Peterson – bass
About the Artist:
Babatunde Lea’s vast experience of over 50 years as a master percussionist, as well as the spiritual depth and resonance he brings to everything he does, has made him one of the most esteemed musicians of the past half century. The way that music connects with audiences and with the rhythms of our everyday lives is essential to his musical philosophy: “I draw a lot from African culture, and one of the main things I’ve come to understand is that music is functional; in African culture, music accompanies everything… from birth ceremonies to funerals. The music is there to open people up to the deepest experiences of life. Music is a resource like oil or water; it does the bidding of who controls it. For my part, I know exactly what I want done with the energy I create with my music. It is my wish that my music will empower people to look within and become agents of peace and change in their hearts, in their families and in the world at large.”
He has performed and recorded with luminaries such as Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Van Morrison, Leon Thomas, and Pharoah Sanders.
About the Master Class:
At 6p, JASZ will record the second episode of the Jazz At Studio Z Podcast, presenting a conversation about music with Babatunde and a live audience. All are welcome to attend.
–Studio Z is located on the second floor of the Northwestern Building in lowertown St. Paul, at 275 E 4th Street, on the corner of 4th and Wall. There is street parking available plus several lots, including the Farmers Market and the Union Depot lots.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Also, a big thanks to our sponsors:
Riverview Wine Bar
Total Freedom Realty
Saturday Night Jazz At the Black Dog
More info at