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Upcoming | Archive: 2017 2016
  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Davu Seru's Lesser Key of Bannon @ Drone (Not Drones)

    5:55pm

    Cedar Cultural Center

    Part of the Drone (not Drones) 28 our long concert marathon. 

    A large group improvisation conducted by Davu Seru and featuring:

    Our band Lesser Key of Bannon is filling out: Nathan Hanson and Scott Fultz on saxophones, Devon Gray on bassoon, Elaine Evans on violin and saxophone, Aaron Pyles, trombone, Chris Bates, bass, Benjamin JM Klein on tuba. Emily Dantuma on cello. Jonathan Kaiser, cello. Jacqueline Ultan, cello. Martin Dosh recorders

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Damman | Seru | Bates

    8pm

    Seward Cafe

    A triple bill with Fermentation, Damman | Seru | Bates and Large Marge

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    JC Sanford Quartet

    8:30pm

    Black Dog

    JC Sanford - trombone

    Zacc Harris - guitar

    Chris Bates - bass

    Greg Schutte - drums

  • Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017

    Bill Simenson Big Band

    8:30

    http://www.jazzcentralstudios.org

    Original Big Band music composed by Bill Simenson and performed by his ensemble. 

    New CD should be in hand in February!

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017

    Chris Bates Magica Improvisada

    8:30

    http://www.jazzcentralstudios.org

    Chris leads a varying cast of characters on the second Wednesday of the month. Past offerings have featured bass heavy ensembles, duos and solo performances along side various groups. The Magic of Improvisation is on display every night at Jazz Central.

    Chris Bates presents:

    Trio explorations of freedom within and without form.

    Through songs, stories and a community of friends.

    Reinterpretations of standard repertoire.

    Original music of topical importance.

    Open and insightful communications.

    Listening and supportive reaction to deep questions. 

    Chris Bates bass

    Peter Hennig drums

    Nathan Hanson saxophones

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Cannonball Collective

    8pm

    Jazz Central

    Cannonball Collective plays the music of Cannonball Adderley

    Doug Haining - sax

    Adam Meckler - trumpet

    Ted Godbout - piano

    Chris Bates - bass

    Mac Santiago - drums

  • Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017

    Sam Militich and Friends

    7pm

    Crooners

    Sam Militich - guitar

    Charmin Michelle - vocals

    Chris Bates - bass

    Jay Epstein - drums

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017

    Aaron Hedenstrom Group

    8:30pm

    Black Dog

    Aaron Hedenstrom - saxophones

    Zacc Harris - guitar

    Chris Bates - bass

    Bryan Nichols - piano

    Miguel Hurtado - drums

  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017

    Jazz @ Studio Z / Shifting Paradigm Festival

    4pm

    Studio Z

    Various bands from Shifting Paradigm records and the Jazz at Studio Z concert series. 

    I'll be playing with Tall Tales (Dean Granros, Zacc Harris, Jay Epstein, CB) about 5pm

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017

    Colossus

    9pm

    Reverie

    A new/old ensemble makes it's debut/reappearance

    Park Evans - guitar

    Joey Van Phillips - drums

    Chris Bates - bass

    Clay Pufal - saxophones

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Atlantis Quartet

    8:30pm

    Black Dog

    Atlantis Quartet in concert! Two full sets! Brandon's birthday!

    Brandon Wozniak - saxophone

    Zacc Harris - guitar

    Chris Bates - bass

    Peter Hennig - drums

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017

    Bill Simenson Big Band

    8:30

    http://www.jazzcentralstudios.org

    Original Big Band music composed by Bill Simenson and performed by his ensemble. 

    New CD should be in hand in February!

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    University of MN Morris Jazz Festival

    7pm

    Morris, MN

    39th Annual Jazz Festival and my 5th year in a row as guest clinician!

    Russ Johnson - trumpet

    Scott Agster - trombone

    Bryan Nichols - piano

    Chris Bates - bass

    JT Bates - drums

    Jonathan Campbell - director of Jazz Ensembles and saxophone

  • Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017

    Chris Bates Magica Improvisada

    8:30

    http://www.jazzcentralstudios.org

    Chris leads a varying cast of characters on the second Wednesday of the month. Past offerings have featured bass heavy ensembles, duos and solo performances along side various groups. The Magic of Improvisation is on display every night at Jazz Central.

    Chris Bates presents: TBD

     

  • Fri
    14
    Apr
    2017

    Fall of the House of Usher

    8pm

    Jazz Central

    Fall of the House of Usher is a large group of kindred spirits improvising and creating together.

    Chris Cunningham - guitars

    Greg Schutte - drums

    Chris Bates  - basses

    Noah Ophoven-Baldwin - trumpet

    Ivan Cunningham - saxophones

    Cole Pulice - Bari Saxophone

    Adam Svec - vocals

    others TBD

  • Tue
    18
    Apr
    2017

    Red Planet with Bill Carrothers CD Release

    7pm

    Crooners Lounge

    Red Planet w Bill Carrothers

    New music recorded in October of 2015 and being released on Shifting Paradigm Records. Ballads, Monk, Coltrane and originals of deep import. Chemistry in comradeship between these musical maestros. Please come on out!

    Red Planet is Dean Magraw, Jay Epstein and Chris Bates.

    They are joined by the sublime talent of Bill Carrothers on piano. 

  • Wed
    19
    Apr
    2017

    Red Planet with Bill Carrothers CD Release

    7pm

    Crooners Lounge

    Red Planet w Bill Carrothers

    New music recorded in October of 2015 and being released on Shifting Paradigm Records. Ballads, Monk, Coltrane and originals of deep import. Chemistry in comradeship between these musical maestros. Please come on out!

    Red Planet is Dean Magraw, Jay Epstein and Chris Bates.

    They are joined by the sublime talent of Bill Carrothers on piano. 

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Chris Bates' Red 5

    8:30pm

    The Black Dog 

    http://www.blackdogstpaul.com

    http://www.saturdaynightjazzattheblackdog.info

    The return of CBR5 is not to be taken lightly. I'll have new music and new arrangements and possibly some other surprises to discuss with you all. 

    CB - basses, JT - drumses, Thomas Nordland - guitar, Jake Baldwin - tpt, Brandon Wozniak - sax, JC Sanford - trombone. Possibly another saxophone or special guest but those three guys are on tour with Bon Iver...

    https://chrisbates.bandcamp.com/album/chris-bates-red-5