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
Tickets $10-12, https://croonersloungemn.ticketfly.com
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.
I’ll be playing with my friend Anthony Cox this weekend with two different groups. First up is Anthony’s new quartet at Walker West Music Academy for the kick-off of the 2016 Selby Avenue Jazzfest. This quartet also features Peter Schimke on piano and Rodney Ruckus on drums. (8pm)
Walker West Executive Director Peter Leggett: Join me on Friday, September 9th at Walker West Music Academy for the official kick-off to the 2016 Selby Avenue JazzFest with a performance led by bassist Anthony Cox featuring Rodney Ruckus on drums, Peter Schimke on piano, & Brandon Wozniak on saxophone.
This concert is free and open to the public thanks to the Selby Jazz Fest & the Central Selby Association.
Saturday night Anthony and I will meet up with our friends Dave King and Dean Granros when Vector Families returns to the Blackdog for Steve Kenny’s Saturday Night Jazz at the Blackdog series. (8:30pm)
9/15 & 9/16
Atlantis Quartet is celebrating 10 years as a band this month with a couple performances at Vieux Carre. We had hoped to have a new record out by now but 3/4 of the group decided to make babies before we all get too old to chase them around. We’ve been rehearsing the new songs and should have another record out in early 2017 but we have some fun things planned for the 10 year anniversary at Vieux Carre so come down and celebrate with us. (9pm)
Time to stop being lazy and record (GoPro) my journey to jazz stardom. I’ve noticed many musicians out there snapfacing, posting videos of themselves practicing or documenting their progress on their first cd which will surely get them on all the european jazz festivals right out of the gate. It’s an exciting time for sure so thanks for the inspirational vids and be on the lookout for my practice video series called “Brandon’s Improvisation Dojo” which should be out around never. I’m kidding…kind of but I actually do have some exciting news to share with everyone!
The Dave King Trucking Company released our third record called Surrounded by the Night on Sunny Side Records. It’s getting some nice reviews and all kidding aside, it turned out great and we think/hope you’ll like it. Bringing merch to our shows is not our strong suit but hopefully we’ll have some copies available this weekend for the CD release. Dates and info below.
DAVE KING TRUCKING COMPANY MINI-TOUR/CD RELEASE
– July 15 & 16 @ Vieux Carre – St. Paul, MN 9pm
– July 17 @ Hungry Brain – Chicago, IL – Gig Info Chicago Reader
– July 18 @ Bay View United Methodist Church – Milwaukee, WI 7pm
(With Hanging Hearts!)
July 24th @ Rochester Jazz Festival
We’re excited to be headlining the 2016 Rochester Jazz Festival. If you’re in the Rochester City area please come down and say hello.
Thanks for checking in. More to come soon!
Come celebrate the release of MANCRUSH’s first album “Authentic Midwestern” on Friday, March 18th at Vieux Carre in downtown St. Paul.
Show begins at 9pm – 2 Sets
Led by the musical and aesthetic vision of drummer and composer Lars-Erik Larson, MANCRUSH creates a musical landscape that encourages listeners to find and appreciate the beauty within intentional simplicity. Influenced heavily by minimalism, folk, and pop music, MANCRUSH has created a sound that seeks to serve the song above all else.
Lars-Erik Larson – drums and cymbals
Brandon Wozniak – tenor saxophone
Bryan Nichols – keyboard
Zacc Harris – guitar
JAZZ IN THE TARGET ATRIUM – Feb. 25th 8pm
Bryan Nichols, piano
Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
Jake Baldwin, trumpet
Jeff Bailey, bass
JT Bates, drums
Here’s your chance to revel in music from some of jazz’s biggest, boldest greats from our own time zone—and discover how the spirit in our own city connects with these innovators.
Think Charlie “Bird” Parker. And Lester Young, who cut his teeth in Minneapolis’ clubs in the ’20s. Bix Beiderbecke, whose sound was so pretty, Louis Armstrong himself spoke of its beauty, and whose fluid melodies inspired the Hoagy Carmichael classic, Stardust. And of course the great Ornette Coleman, whose free jazz restored the music’s fundamental spirit at the same time it pointed to the future. In this concert, Minneapolis-based pianist Bryan Nichols returns to the Atrium to lead the AJE through music from Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and others—exploring the singular musical contributions of some of jazz’s great iconoclasts.
Jazz in the Target Atrium’s 2015-16 Season: The New Regionalism
This season, Jazz in the Target Atrium celebrates our region’s vibrancy and adds a Twin Cities twist to the story of jazz as written in legendary halls across the country. This great American art form has been nurtured in many ways, from New Orleans and New York to Chicago, Kansas City and beyond. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble steps up to take its place among the musicians who guide jazz into the future.
The Atrium Jazz Ensemble—the house orchestra for Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall, led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker—is a fluid group whose size shifts with the programs. Performing are some of the region’s finest musicians and composers, presenting original music rooted in jazz found anywhere from Texas to our own twin towns.
I’m happy to announce that I’ll be performing two shows with two great bands at this years 2016 WINTER JAZZFEST in NYC. Dave King is the artist in residence for 2016 and I’ll be performing with Dave King Trucking Company and a new group called Vector Families with Anthony Cox and Dean Granros! There are tons of great groups performing so if you’re in NYC you should check it out.
VECTOR FAMILIES (Photo by Andrea Canter)
FRIDAY JAN 15 2016 SCHEDULE
The New School Jazz Building Glass Box Theater – 55 West 13th Street
6:40pm – James Carney Sextet
8:00pm – James Francies’ Kinetic
9:20pm – Naytronix
10:40pm – Dave King Trucking Co.
12:00am – Oscar Noriega Quartet
SATURDAY JAN 16 2016 SCHEDULE
The New School Jazz Building Glass Box Theater – 55 West 13th Street
6:40pm – TBA
8:00pm – Sofia Rei
9:20pm – Vector Families feat. Dave King, Anthony Cox, Dean Granros & Brandon Wozniak
10:40pm – Rez Abbasi’s Junction
12:00am – Brandon Seabrook Power Plant
You can view the full line up of performers, dates and ticket info at www.winterjazzfest.com
Happy New Year!
I’ve been off the scene for a little bit. Katie and I had a beautiful baby girl two weeks ago and we named her Rita. I hate being away from her but our target gift cards will run out at some point in the near future so back to work it is. We had a very nice gig at Vieux Carre back in August and look forward to playing there tomorrow evening.
Atlantis Quartet – Vieux Carre – 9pm – 11/13/15
We have a few other shows coming up too. Deets below!
11/20/15 – The Grand Kabaret – New Ulm, MN
12/4/15 – The Nicollet
12/5/15 – Blackdog Coffee Shop