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2020 Bulletin
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OK – In typical fashion, for many freelancers and creative types, my January is somewhat slow. I’m working on a bunch of ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ in the background here that will be manifesting themselves over this coming year. I am … Read More

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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Greetings and salutations all you true believers (no matter what you believe in)! It has been a fantastic year from a learning, growing, and playing perspective. Every gig has allowed me to explore new avenues of musical expression, fresh compositional … Read More

November 2019: Updated
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How are you doing? I’m good. It’s my birthday month and as usual, I’m in a reflective mood. I’ve had a pretty dang good year on the music side of things and overall my family and friends are healthy. That … Read More

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2020 Bulletin
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OK – In typical fashion, for many freelancers and creative types, my January is somewhat slow. I’m working on a bunch of ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ in the background here that will be manifesting themselves over this coming year. I am … Read More

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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Greetings and salutations all you true believers (no matter what you believe in)! It has been a fantastic year from a learning, growing, and playing perspective. Every gig has allowed me to explore new avenues of musical expression, fresh compositional … Read More

November 2019: Updated
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How are you doing? I’m good. It’s my birthday month and as usual, I’m in a reflective mood. I’ve had a pretty dang good year on the music side of things and overall my family and friends are healthy. That … Read More

August Update
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Greetings and salutations all you fine people! Happy to report that music is still really fun to play, listen to, and experience! I’ve done extensive testing on this theory (conducting numerous interviews with lay people and known experts) and the … Read More

Genuine Jazz In July!
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I’m definitely stealing that headline from some place I played at in the ’90’s. After a busy June filled with plenty of teaching, flying, general airport chaos, playing and even relaxing for a few days with family it looks like … Read More

Trio music: the best format ever?
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I have spent many hours in my car over the last couple of months driving to exotic locales like Evansville (pop. 412), International Falls and Grand Marais in northern Minnesota. What a fantastic way to see spring come in! From … Read More

Spring into Music
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Lots to do. Lots going on. Perpetual motion continues. Sorry, but I’m totally not into promoting myself these days. Staying away from social media and the general insanity of our my-opinion-is-a-fact, yours- is-a-lie culture these days. Trying to sllllooooooowwwwww down … Read More

March ’19 – Le update du Bates
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Greetings everyone. Snow gotcha down? It’s definitely been a grind, and as I write this we’re are on the cusp of another ‘precipitation event’ and daylight savings time kicks in on the morrow. The good news is that spring is … Read More

February 2019 Bates UPDATE
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Well, folks we are already one month into 2019. I played some really fun shows in January including a joyfully ecstatic reunion with some of my Eau Claire friends, an intense and satisfying CD release party for Peter Kogan’s new … Read More

Bates Update HOLIDAZZLER
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The Thanks have been given and continue to be perpetuated by our own attitudes for gratitude! Continuous support from family, loved ones, friends, colleagues, and YOU; inspires me and fuels my musical life. Thank you!!!! Atlantis Quartet just returned from … Read More

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