Hey everyone! It’s been a whirlwind here in Batesland with summer in full effect and I’m already thru Jazz Camp teaching season as well as the Twin Cities Jazz Fest! Highlights from the last month include teaching the Minneapolis Public Schools JAM (Jazz Around Minneapolis) Camp and my annual week of combo and improv at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI! Almost 100 kids were involved in this years camps and a truly powerful faculty of teachers from the Twin Cities, Wisconsin and Indiana. SO many great young students who give me hope for humanity. Many are playing at a much higher level than I was when I was their age – very inspiring! The faculty performances and teaching insights from my peers is another deep well that I draw from each summer – all these people are world class and dedicated to advancing the art form!
I was fortunate to be busy for the Jazz Fest this year as well and I had a fantastic time performing with the Brian Handeland Quartet, How Birds Work, Sam Militich and Dave Karr, Framework and the JC Sanford Quartet! I’m very lucky indeed to be asked to play so much quality music with excellent artists.
Here’s what’s happening this week before I leave for a European tour with Davina and the Vagabonds! I’ve included those dates below as well – if you happen to be traveling or know anyone in the UK, France or Germany tell them to check out Davina!
Tuesday July 10th 8pm $7 All Ages Welcome!
VERY EXCITED to play some powerfully original jazz music with Brandon Wozniak, Zacc Harris and Pete Hennig. We are working towards releasing our new album this fall and our trajectory continues to ascend musically. We hope you can join us!
Friday July 13th 6-7:45pm FREE
Peter Kogan Quintet plays the Orchestra Hall Atrium to kick off Sommerfest! We’ll play a mixture of Peter’s originals and classic jazz tunes with Peter on drums, Pete Whitman sax, Jake Baldwin trumpet and Phil Aaron piano.
Monday July 16th 7-9pm $10 donation All Ages!
Red Planet Third Monday at the Black Dog! Intergalatic planetary musical mayhem abounds at the Red Planet monthly. Dean Magraw, Jay Epstein and CB play classics and deep cuts from Coltrane, Monk, Ellington, Hendrix and many other musical masterminds, Filtered thru the lens of love and dispensed to you in real time!
Davina and the Vagabonds European Tour July 19-29
ALL RIGHTY-O! Come to a show. Say Hello, before I go!
Peace – CB