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
Vector Families – Jazz Central – 10/7/15 – 8:30pm
Atlantis Quartet will make our debut at Vieux Carré in St. Paul tonight at 8:30pm. It’s been a busy summer for Atlantis playing the Twin Cities Jazzfest, the Iowa City Jazzfest and winning one of the 2015 McKnight Fellowships but we’re excited to be back in that space and we’re looking forward to seeing some old/new faces. Please join us.
DATE: August 7
TIME: 8:30 pm
COVER:$8 (cash only)
July 9th – 9pm (Le Percheron – 2nd Set)
I play in a band called the Atlantis Quartet. We’ve been together for about 8 or 9 years. We are one of four proud recipients of the 2015-2016 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians award administered by MacPhail Center for Music. This money will help us make more music and buy great reviews in Downbeat. Just kidding, we would never do that and in all seriousness, MANY THANKS TO THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION!! We also have a gig this Saturday, view the pic for details.
I play in another band I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT called VECTOR FAMILIES, formerly known as PBR Street Gang w/Dave King, Dean Granros & Anthony Cox. We had to change our name because some DJs in the UK already have it and they appear to be way more famous than we are. We’re playing the Jazz at Studio Z Series curated by Zacc Harris on June 6th. PBR Street Gang is listed on the Studio Z website but this will be our last show under that name and from hear on out it will be Vector Families for life.
JAZZ AT STUDIO Z
DAVE KING’S PBR STREET GANG
June 6, 2015
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul6 p.m. master class
7 p.m. Concert
We made a record a couple months ago we think people will like which will be out at some point in the near future. We also had a great performance at Lawrence University a couple weeks ago so thanks again to the students for their enthusiasm and always awesome hospitality. Here’s a review from the show, apparently my playing is “disorienting” “played similarly to a bebop saxophonist, but harmonically, he was out there.” “often disorienting and spiraled in and out of control, but at some points it was much more lyrical and subdued, providing an unexpected but alluring contrast” There you have it.
I’ve got a couple performances coming up that I’d like to share with my HUGE fan base. Drummer/Composer Lars Larson has a band named Mancrush which I play in along with Bryan Nichols on keyboard/piano and Zacc Harris on guitar. There is no bass player in this band so Bryan has to work twice as hard for the same money. Thanks Bryan! We’re excited to play Saturday Night Jazz @ the Blackdog curated by Steve Kenny.
Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar
April 25th 2015 – 8:30pm
Photo by Andrea Canter
On Monday April 27th I’ll be playing with a newish trio consisting of my good buddies Bryan Nichols on Keyboard and JT Bates on drums. Once again there’s no bass player in this trio but I’ve noticed a lot of bass players coming out to support these groups. Weird 😉 All kidding aside, this is one of my favorite groups to play in and I hope you’ll join us.
NICHOLS, BATES, WOZNIAK TRIO
Monday April 27th – 9:30pm (2 sets)
Thursday Apr 16th – 8pm Purchase Tickets Here!
- Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, tenor
- Angela Keeton, soprano
- Seth Keeton, bass-baritone
- Anthony Cox, bass/cello
- Jeremy Walker, piano
- Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
- Tim Zhorne, drums
Ancient poetry meets classical voice and jazz instrumentation in an evening of musical drama composed by Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox.
In this world premiere performance of “The Rage of Achilles,” the voices of Twin Cities performers—Minnesota Public Radio’s Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and husband-and-wife opera singers, Seth and Angela Keeton—blend with jazz piano, bass, cello, saxophone and percussion, resulting in a tumultuous and innovative take on epic literature.
About Jazz in the Target Atrium
Curated by composer and local jazz impresario Jeremy Walker, the four-concert series pairs jazz masters with the local Atrium Jazz Ensemble, all performing new music for audiences in the intimate setting of the Orchestra’s Target Atrium.
Please note: all seating is general admission. This concert will be approximately 70 minutes in length without intermission.