A Week at the AQ

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In a rare moment of continuity I’ll be playing 4 times at the Artists Quarter this week. I’ve played at the AQ at least once a month for the last 5-6 years. This month I’m there 7 nights with 5 different bands. The AQ is my favorite place to make music and I’ve been given many opportunities to play with a host of incredible artists thanks to owner / drummer Kenny Horst . He heard something in me that he liked and through his referral I’ve had the great fortune to play with internationally recognized artists: Mose Allison. Lee Konitz, Ira Sullivan, Eric Alexander, Greg Skaff, Ben Sidran, Bob Rockwell and Jim Snidero. Kenny has booked nearly every one of my project bands starting with Motion Poets and including Red Planet, Atlantis Quartet, Framework, Low Blows, Good Vibes and Red 5. Because of this I would say that the Artists Quarter is the place where I’ve grown the most as a professional musician.

My peers and I are truly lucky to be able to have a place to play that fosters creativity in music and gives us a platform to reach a wider audience. SO I would like to extend my thanks to everyone at the Artists Quarter. Our jazz community in MN would not be the same without Kenny Horst and the Artists Quarter. Please come out and support this great club and invest in locally sustainable creativity.

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Wednesday Oct 10th: Red Planet plays Monk Please join interstellar improvisors Dean Magraw, Jay Epstein and CB as we celebrate the music of Thelonius Monk on his birthday. Monk would have been 95 today. His music remains timelessly original.

9pm   $5 cover   @ the AQ    www.deanmagraw.com

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Thursday Oct 11th: Zacc Harris Quartet Zacc Harris, Bryan Nichols, Pete Hennig and CB play firey original compositions and some select standards. We’ll be featuring music from Zacc’s album ‘The Garden’ which was released earlier this year.

9pm    $5 cover   @ the AQ   www.zaccharris.com    www.bryannichols.org

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Friday Oct 12th

Saturday Oct 13th: Ari Hoenig trio with Bill Carrothers & Chris Bates.

Ari Hoenig is a world renowned drummer who has played with Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter and Kurt Rosenwinkel amongst many others. He has several CD’s out as a leader and is known for his intensely creative drumming.  Bill Carrothers is a one of a kind voice on the piano. His playing has garnered him praise from all over the world and he has recorded 20 albums as a leader. No small feat in today’s market.

This is a once in a lifetime type of event for me and I hope you can join us!   www.arihoenig.com     www.carrothers.com

9pm    $15 cover    @ the AQ    All Ages welcome (w/guardian)    www.artistsquarter.com