Bob Bowman visits from Kansas City – Dec. 24.

I’ll be performing with the great Bob Bowman on Christmas eve at Jazz Central.
Dec. 24th  – 7pm-10pm

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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.

Featuring:
Bob Bowman – Bass
Doan Brian Roessler – Bass
Brandon Wozniak – Saxophone
Peter Hennig – Drums

Atlantis Quartet Wisconsin Tour 2014 and more.

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!

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Steve Kenny Quartet & Zeitgeist’s 6th Annual New Music Cabaret

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!

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Zeitgeist’s New Music Cabaret
November 6th-9th

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.

Click the date for details, photos, videos, and more.
 
6:30 p.m. Young Performer Showcase
7:30 p.m. Enkidu String Quartet: Ted Moore’s Gilgamesh & Enkidu
8:30 p.m. Zeitgeist w/ Nirmala Rajasekar & Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi
9:30 p.m. Nautilus Music-Theater
6:30 p.m. Young Performer Showcase
7:30 p.m. Struck Percussion
8:30 p.m. Zeitgeist w/ Nirmala Rajasekar & Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi
9:30 p.m. Steve Kenny Quartet
6:30 p.m. Young Performer Showcase
7:30 p.m. ANCIA Saxophone Quartet
8:30 p.m. Zeitgeist w/ Nirmala Rajasekar & Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi
9:30 p.m. Source Code 
7 p.m. Skeleton Crew
8 p.m. Zeitgeist w/ Nirmala Rajasekar & Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi
9 p.m. Yohannes Tona

PBR Street Gang

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Illicit Productions Presents Atlantis Quartet

10562944_282116848643291_5892550798398840367_nSteve 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

DENNIS GONZALEZ’S HYMN PROJECT – August 2

Jesse Goin and his 2014 Crow with No Mouth Concert Series brings you trumpeter, composer Dennis Gonzalez for a special performance with local Minnesota musicians at Studio Z on August 2.  Jesse writes:

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Poet, linguist, painter, teacher and musician, trumpeter Dennis González has been performing and recording for over three decades. He is the founder of an organization (Daagnim) similar to AACM for the Dallas scene. Gonzalez is one of the most important voices of present day American improvised music.

For this concert, he will present new arrangements of his hymn project with some of the strongest improvising musicians in the Twin Cities: Chris Bates (double bass), Brandon Wozniak (tenor saxophone), Nathan Hanson (tenor and soprano saxophone), and Pete Hennig (drums).

For many years Gonzalez has composed hymns based on American, South African, and Norwegian religious melodies, providing a structure for ensemble improvisation. The hymns typically bear dedicatory titles, often to the musicians Gonzalez has known and admired, such as Julius Hemphill, John Carter, and Louis Moholo.

A ridiculous, partial list of musicians Gonzalez has performed and recorded with:

John Purcell, Prince Lasha, John Blake, Ronnie Burrage, Charlie Burnham, Warren Benbow, Pheeroan ak Laff,  Kelvyn Bell,  Alvin Fielder, Tim Green, Kidd Jordan, Marlon Jordan, Elton Heron, Clyde Kerr, Jr, Sunship Theus, Henry Franklin, John Carter, Michael Sessions, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvaer, John Stevens, Dudu Pukwana, Paul Rogers, Mark Sanders, Mark Hewins, Jim Dvorak, Lado Jaksa, Ernesto Rodrigues, Joao Paulo, Rodrigo Amado, Wojtek Mazolewski, Ernest Mothle. Charles Brackeen, Frank Lowe, Andrew Cyrille, Malachi Favors, Reggie Workman, Roy Hargrove, Fred Hopkins, Oliver Lake, Max Roach, Cecil Taylor, Henry Grimes, Ahmed Abdullah, Mark Helias, Ellery Eskelin, George Cartwright, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Jr., Olu Dara, Douglas Ewart, Hamid Drake,

Check out this interview Jesse did with Dennis in 2005

Studio Z – St. Paul
August 2nd – 8pm
275 East 4th Street Suite 200
St. Paul, MN

St. Croix Wine and Jazz Fest – July 12th

Hello,

The St. Croix Wine and Jazz Fest is back and better than ever with fun for the whole family. You like goats? No problem, we have petting goats. Want a goat painted on your face? Done. Beer, wine, goats, jazz….Details below!

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2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Hello,

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival begins tomorrow, it’s free to the public but don’t worry, we’re still getting paid so everything is cool.  Giant lemonades and gallon buckets of french fries are NOT free so bring some cash in the event you start feeling a little peckish.  Brandon’s summer tip No 1.  If you only have money for the bucket of fries why not bring your own packet of lemonade powder(fits neatly in a purse or a murse) and an old plastic cup with some water in it. Mears park has some bushes and trees you can hide in or around if you want to be discreet about dumping that pure lemon juice flavor into your cup, give it a couple shakes and you’ll be living the high life like everyone else in no time. No. way! The sugar is right in there with the fresh lemonade powder? One and done, genius.  Here’s some performances I’m excited to be involved with this week at the TCJF.

Thursday June 26
Atlantis Quartet headlines the Mears Park Main Stage – 7:30pm

Friday June 27
Anthony Cox Happy Spirits Band – 308 Prince St. Stage – 7pm

Saturday June 28th
Davu Seru Trio – Ngon Bistro – Victoria St. Station 799 University Ave. W. – 7:30pm

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Upcoming Performances/Trucking Tour

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May 16th
Steve Kenny Quartet at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
Steve Kenny – trumpet
Brandon Wozniak – saxophone
Billy Peterson –  bass
Jay Epstein – drums
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May 19th
Atlantis Quartet at Icehouse(1 set)
Brandon Wozniak – saxophone
Zacc Harris – guitar
Chris Bates  – cherry wood bass
Peter Hennig – drums

May 30th
Jazz Central Bridge Series w/Eric Kamau Gravatt
Eric Kamau Gravatt – drums
Brandon Wozniak – saxophone
Zacc Harris – guitar
Charles Lincoln – bass

Dave King Trucking Company Summer Tour June 2-7
June 2 – Cliff Bells  – Detroit, MI
June 3 – The Rex – Toronto, Canada
June 4 – Constellation – Chicago, IL
June 5 – Lawrence University  Appleton, WI  Clinic + Gig times TBA
June 6 – Icehouse –  Minneapolis, MN
June 7 – Icehouse –  Minneapolis, MN
Chris Speed – saxophone
Brandon Wozniak – saxophone
Erik Fratzke – guitar
Adam Linz – bass
Dave King – drums & vocals

June 11th
Chris Bates Red 5 @ Jazz Central
Chris Thomson – saxophone
Brandon Wozniak – saxophone
Zack Lozier – trumpet
Chris Bates – bass
JT Bates – drums

June 18th
Bryan Nichols Quartet @ St. Anthony Park Library
Bryan Nichols – nord
Brandon Wozniak – saxophone 
James Buckley – bass(the big one)
JT Bates – drums

June 26th
Atlantis Quartet – Twin Cities Jazz Festival – Main Stage
Brandon Wozniak – saxophone
Zacc Harris – guitar
Chris Bates  – cherry wood bass
Peter Hennig – drums

June 27th
Anthony Cox Happy Spirits Band – Twin Cities Jazz Festival
308 Prince St. stage

July & August dates coming soon, please check my website calendar for more info.

Best,
BW

7 Psalms CD Release!

The 7 Psalms CD release is finally here.  Jeremy Walker and company have worked very hard on this project and I urge you to support his herculean effort this Friday April 11 in Benson Great Hall / Bethel University.  8PM

Directions: http://www.bethel.edu/about/maps-directions/bethel-campus-map.pdf

Details: http://www.bethel.edu/events/arts/music/performances/2014/7-psalms

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