This week the BRIDGE Series features the Eric Kamau Gravatt Quartet. Show begins at 7pm. 4/10/15
An alum of Weather Report and the bands of McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell and others, Eric Kamau Gravatt essentially has had two careers in jazz with a couple decades of separation. Like John Coltrane and long-time associate McCoy Tyner, he is a native of Philadelphia. Originally a conga player, Gravatt taught percussion and music in Philadelphia and Washington, DC in the 1960s. Miles Davis invited him to join his band, but Gravatt turned down the Prince of Darkness to follow Wayne Shorter into Weather Report, with whom he toured and recorded. But Gravatt’s sound was not exactly what WR founder Joe Zawinul had in mind, and after a while Gravatt was replaced in favor of a more “bottom heavy” drummer. He moved on to the fusion band Natural Life (with Bobby Peterson and Bob Rockwell), a move that brought him to the Twin Cities some 30 years ago. Demands of family and a desire for financial stability took Gravatt out of fulltime music and into fulltime work as a guard at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes. “I had kids, and Corrections were the only thing being offered that paid that good, and they had (benefits) you couldn’t get in jazz,” Gravatt told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Only after retiring from Lino Lakes did Gravatt return to his calling, touring again with McCoy Tyner for about ten years, performing with his band, Source Code, and recently engaging in some more experimental improvisations with Adam Linz and Brandon Wozniak, and in duo with Dean Magraw that yielded a new recording, Fire on the Nile.
Eric Kamau Gravatt – Drums
Brandon Wozniak – Saxophone
Zacc Harris – Guitar
Ron Evaniuk – Bass
The BRIDGE Series provides a forum for audiences to connect and interact with top-notch Twin Cities artist-presenters who perform live at Jazz Central Studios each Friday. You can hear and engage with these cutting-edge jazz artists as they bring their improvisational passion and unique compositional approaches to Jazz Central Studios. The Bridge Series performances start at 7:30 pm. In order to provide you access to these excellent performances, we ask for a (strongly) suggested donation of $10 per person. A different cast of exemplary musicians will assemble each week to further the reach of jazz presentation in the Twin Cities jazz community.
Jan. 8 – Le Percheron Khyber Pass Cafe – 9pm First Set: Duets – Second Set: Full Band Adam Linz: Bass Brandon Wozniak: Saxophone Noah Ophoven-Baldwin: Trumpet Corey Healey: Drums and Cymbals Levi Schwartzberg: Vibraphone
I’ll be performing with the great Bob Bowman on Christmas eve at Jazz Central.
Dec. 24th – 7pm-10pm
Bob Bowman learned to play the piano and clarinet before beginning bass lessons at age 12. He quickly became an award-winning performer. He won a scholarship to the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic as a high school freshman, followed by study at North Texas State University.
In 1976, he joined the famous Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, touring and recording several albums, including the Grammy award-winning “Live at Munich.” Bob continued his performing and recording career by joining the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band in Los Angeles in 1979. He recorded numerous albums as a member of this band, many of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.
While based in Los Angeles, Bob toured with the legendary Carmen McRae and performed with Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank and others. Bob moved to Kansas City in 1988 where he has been a vibrant part of the jazz scene there. He is a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Faculty Jazztet, and leads the Interstring Quartet. Bob continues to tour and record with jazz artist Karrin Allyson and teaches many workshops.
This Christmas Eve, Bob will be joined by Doan Brian Roessler on bass, Brandon Wozniak on saxophone, and Peter Hennig on drums. They will be playing original music with a few special surprises thrown in. Come celebrate the dark beauty of this season with some beautiful bass playing and improvising.
Bob Bowman – Bass
Doan Brian Roessler – Bass
Brandon Wozniak – Saxophone
Peter Hennig – Drums
Time for some jazz Wisconsin. We’ll be performing in your state for the next 3 days – Nov. 20th – 22nd. Enjoy the amazing promo shot below with details and please know that we sound nothing like Nickelback even though the photo says otherwise. Thanks!
The Steve Kenny Quartet, with Brandon Wozniak, Babatunde Lea, and Chris Bates will play the 6th annual Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret Friday Night. We play on Friday Nov. 7th at 9:30pm but the New Music Cabaret begins tonight and ends on the 9th. Lots of interesting music to be heard, details below!
Zeitgeist’s New Music Cabaret
Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200 – St. Paul – $10 each night
A four-day festival of new music from multiple genres, Zeitgeist’s 6th Annual New Music Cabaret highlights cutting-edge performances from the fringe of the Twin Cities music scene. An eclectic mix of the music of our time, this year’s cabaret includes performances by Zeitgeist with Nirmala Rajasekar & Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi, ANCIA Saxophone Quartet, Nautilus Music Theater, Steve Kenny Quartet, Ted Moore’s Gilgamesh and Enkidu, and more. Attend one or all shows for $10 per night.
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Steve Kenny and Illicit Productions brings you The All Originals Jazz Series which has featured many fine groups this summer. Steve was kind enough to include the Atlantis Quartet and this week is our week. The Atlantis Quartet has always played mostly original material and we’re excited that there’s a Jazz series in town dedicated to just that. Please join us this Thursday at Studio Z in Lowertown St. Paul for a exciting night of music.
ATLANTIS QUARTET – Studio Z – Thursday August 28 – $10 – 8PM
bRANDON wOZNIAK – sAXOPHONE
zACC hARRIS – gUITAR
cHRIS bATES – bASS
pETE hENNIG – dRUMS