A quick note
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Music is awesome. Music is universal to all cultures. Music is a language that trancends our speaking. Music is the unifying force of our conciousness. Music is a healing force. Music is vibration unfolding in linear time. We are all … Read More

DeBates continues….
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Greetings fine people! Thank you to all who came out to the Red Planet with Bill Carrothers CD release event over the last two nights. It was spectacular to see everyone and truly an honor to make music with Dean, … Read More

Spring has sprung and the Bates Update moulders onward
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Ever so slowly I’ve been getting back towards feeling like writing updates and promoting myself again. It’s a challenge to keep up with my home life, play music at the highest level I can and do all the necessary upkeep … Read More

Bates Update: Happy NEW Year from CB
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Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. Welcome my friends to the show that never ends. In light of recent events I’d like to talk about duality for a minute. Two Parties. Love & Hate. Black & White. Cowboys & Indians. … Read More

Inventions and Dimensions trio
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I’m super excited to release my first ever digital only EP from my newest trio! Inventions & Dimensions – Wabi Sabi featuring 7 original compositions and the musical partnership of: Joe Strachan on piano and Matt Buckner on drums. Inventions … Read More

FALL(ing) behind at Bates HQ
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Well I’m just here working, playing and living life. No excuses other than life is busy and I don’t feel like devoting time to promoting myself when I could be not promoting myself. Family time is precious. Chores are never … Read More

September Bates Update
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So I have been settling in on my new bass; playing gigs, rehearsing, practicing and I had a brief recording session with it as well. It is quite a big change from my old bass, which was certainly to be … Read More

The Old Bass
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Well tomorrow I leave for Denver to pick up my new upright bass! I’m scared, nervous, apprehensive, ecstatic, happy and sad all rolled into one. It’s certainly not the end of my relationship with my current bass but it is … Read More

bates update: bass camp looming, sure to be good vibes delivered to low blows
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It’s hard to say anything right now without fear. I’ve run the gamut in my own personal feelings on recent events from total despair to hate to love and back again. Over and over. We keep repeating ourselves by getting … Read More

UPDATE Doublebates at Jazz Festerooni! OHHH mac vouti!
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The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is the highlight of the summer for me! It is a hugely popular outdoor festival held in St Paul with performance stages spread across the city but centered in Mears Park in the vibrant lowertown … Read More

Bates Update Vote for Summer
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Well, well, well. All right, all right, all right. I’m way behind in the updating of my constituency and I apologize. This is in no way brought on by any one else except myself. So, now that we’ve cleared the … Read More

Sorry mates, I’m late, for this important Bates Update
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March came in like a Lion in my world. I’m cruising along working on my music and gigs, taking care of my family and household. When BAM – a part time job appears that’s close to my house, fits neatly … Read More

Bates Update Feb 2015
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Just finished two spectacular days recording with the Bill Simenson Big Band. It has been very satisfying to hear it all coming together so clearly on all these original pieces written by Bill. I’ve been playing with him for over … Read More

GOOD VIBES video released!!!!
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A while back the Good Vibes trio released our debut album. It’s taken awhile for me to get the video portion together and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Chad Evenson! He recorded the show and has … Read More

The Bates Update: Mega Year End Appreciation Edition
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It’s been an unprecedented year for feeling totally and completely overwhelmed by human stupidity, ignorance, violence and racism. Without going into any more detail I think we can all agree that our personal choices are the only thing we can … Read More

The Bates Update – Holidaze
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  Greetings all! Welcome to winter and the holiday season. It’s a splendid time of year and I hope you all get to spend quality time with your families and loved ones.  Lots on the plate (pun intended) for this … Read More

The Bates Update! November 2015.
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Monday Nov 2 8:30pm  $8  21+ Real Bulls (Dave King, Jt Bates) Enormous Quartet (C Thomson, J Evans, C Bates, J Phillips) Icehouse Tuesday Nov 3 8:30pm  $10 (donation)  All Ages Bill Simenson Orchestra Jazz Central Wednesday Nov 4 Bates … Read More

The Bates Update – October 2015
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Greetings. Fall is creeping up on us like a phantom. The chill is in the air and we’ve got that midwestern nesting instinct faintly glowing in our ether, like a phantom. I’ve been getting in my last faint whispers of summer as it … Read More

Working, Working on a Building
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Sometimes you have to break hard left or right to avoid the onslaught of normalcy. Stagnation is death, but so often it’s a slow, grinding, morbidly self inflicted death. Living in the shadows of your own stench. Rotting under the … Read More

The Bates Update – Sept. ’15
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Here’s the skinny. I’m trimming the fat and keeping my energy more directed right now. This allows me more time to hang with my family, play my bass, compose new music and generally not run around like a crazy person! … Read More

The Bates Update – August 2015
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Holy cow. I just let July fly by. I took my first vacation in a long long time this past week and it was super refreshing. Looking ahead into August and beyond there are some great things brewing in the … Read More

All About that Bates Update!!!
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It seems fitting to reference All About That Bass as I just returned from the International Society of Bassists Bi-Annual convention in Ft. Collins, CO. Talk about BASS LOVE! It was a total blast to see, hear, play and hang with … Read More

May the Bates Update be with you, always.
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Greetings! Happy Spring! Rebirth and renewal abound! Everything is so exciting don’t you think?!??! Well, it’s been a helluva month. Thanks to Jason Squinobal I had a great weekend at the U of Mn Morris Jazz Festival with Chicagoans Scott … Read More

Bates Update – April 2015
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Just the details please! As I said last month there’s a lot going on. It continues into spring and I will spare you the gory details of life, liberty and the pursuit of balance. Saturday April 4th: Steve Kenny Quartet … Read More

Jason Melek Memorial Project
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In January, I told you guys about reconnecting with some HS friends and working to realize the musical vision of Jason Melek. Here’s a way for you to help us get this project completed. My friends Jason Gerling, Dave Melek … Read More

Bates Update March 2015
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Not much to say right now. Super busy. New gigs posted on the calendar thru May. Lots to look forward to. I got adjusted last month by bass chiropractor Mark Dresser (www.markdresser.com). It was truly a pleasure to play for … Read More

The Bates Update – February 2015
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Working hard on so many projects right now. The Jason Melek memorial I wrote about last month is moving right along and continues to reward us all with unexpected niceties. Dean Granros’ Tall Tales is recording this week for a … Read More

The Bates Update – Jan 2015
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Happy New Year everyone! Gather ‘round for a tale of tragedy, triumph, tribute and revitalization. In this age of social media and transitory relationships we are often feeling more connected and yet perhaps we remain farther apart than ever before. … Read More

The Bates Update – December 2014
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Art Blakey, Art Tatum, Art Pepper, Artie Shaw, Art Farmer, Art Davis, Art Taylor, Art Lande, Art Hirahara. ART ART ART. It’s all about that art dang it. What kind of art? Well, in the case of these ‘Arts’ it’s … Read More

The Bates Update – The Road Thru November
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I recently had the opportunity to reunite with Pat Moriarty, Ellen Lease and our guest Michael Attias! It was truly a beautiful night of music making and I encourage you to check out Michael. He is a powerful voice on … Read More

The Bates Update – Late September, 2014
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The Bates Update – Late September, 2014. What’s on my mind, you ask? Death. Death is on my mind. It has been a seemingly unprecedented year for it. From celebrities and dignitaries to the innocent deaths of thousands around the … Read More

Joel Harrison, Pete Hennig, Chris Bates
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Here comes a special evening folks! Join us at Jazz Central on Saturday September 20th when we invite NYC based guitarist and composer Joel Harrison to hang and collaborate with Chris Bates and Pete Hennig from Atlantis Quartet. This evening’s concert … Read More

The Bates Update – Wind Sprint into September
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Well folks this awesome summer has wound down to it’s final week. I have had a great season playing music with new and old friends and I even got some R&R in over the last few weeks. It’s good to … Read More

The Bates Update – A gust. Aghast! It’s August.
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Well summer is flying by and the music just keeps on coming! Had a super great gig with Steve Kenny, Brandon Wozniak and Babatunde Lea a couple weeks ago. Hope to play more with those guys. Zacc Harris Quartet was … Read More

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival – special to the Bates Update
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The Bates Update -TC JAZZ FESTIVAL time. Summer has somewhat arrived here at the end of June and that means the TC Jazz Fest is coming up quick. This festival is 100% free and open to the public. This year’s … Read More

The Bates Update – Special Edition
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This Bates Update is arriving just in the nick of time to promote some special gigs I have coming up over the next couple of weeks. Before we get to the gig list I wanted let you know that I’m one of … Read More

Bates Update – May the Thanks be with YOU!
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Bates Update – May the Thanks be with YOU! Greetings! A hearty and warm thank you to ALL who attended the Good Vibes trio CD release events. It was an immensely joyous occasion and an enormous honor to play for … Read More

The Bates Update – Spring Sprang Sprung
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Here we are on the cusp of another glorious MN spring. The snow melt is almost over and the crocuses and magnolias are getting set to bloom in my yard. Nature is doing it’s thing and we can only sit … Read More

The Bates Update March 2014
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Apologies are in order as I have inadvertently taken a little hiatus from promotion this past month. I think maybe that was a good thing for me. For those who were worried or bummed, sorry about that. I haven’t been … Read More

The Bates Update January 2014
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I’ll keep this one short and sweet. I’m not super busy gigging but parenting and planning for the rest of the year. Writing music, booking, teaching, practicing, exploring collaborative options and prepping for the release of the Good Vibes trio … Read More

The Bates Update Dec 2013
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Hey all you true believers! It’s WINTER. Damn. Ok – don’t let it get you down. There are a bunch of musical gifts coming your way to help get you through the season. More on that below but first let’s … Read More

Winter is coming, Scorpio Rising
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Ever since my brother JT urged me to many years ago, I’ve taken time to try and listen to music for pleasure instead of analyzing it to death. I don’t always have time to do this because my schedule dictates … Read More

The Bates Update – Full Circle
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This month’s Bates update is a little more loose than some of my others. I usually edit down these newsletters quite heavily in order to bring you the most concise and direct show info. But I liked the way this … Read More

September Already?
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September already? Where did the summer go? I’ve been Running Around with Todd Clouser, Mixing with Axis Mundi, dancing with a Suave Walrus and the Bill Simenson Big Band, staring at the Skyline with Adam Meckler and his Orchestra, going … Read More

The Bates Update – Red 5 standing by
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  The Bates Update August 2013 Viva La Musica! I’m a little jet lagged but super excited to be back and playing some pretty amazing shows for you all this month. Why am I jet lagging? Well I was just … Read More

July – wha happen?
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Well I failed this month to get up some promo for my gigs here on my website. However I now have updated the calendar through the end of the year with what is going on. There will of course be … Read More

June Tunes! What a boon!
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The Bates Update – June Tunes, what a boon!   It has been a really busy year so far and I’m very happy about everything that’s happened and I’m looking forward to some great music making this month with a … Read More

May the Bates be with you!
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Bad pun intended…. That’s how I roll! OK – we’ve all been crazy slogging through this so called ‘spring’ but we also know it’s inevitable that the seasons will change around here. The transformative power of change is truly a … Read More

April showers bring May flowers.
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The Bates Update   Last Friday I was playing a gig on a hotel deck in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico with my friend, guitarist Todd Clouser. John Medeski (from Medeski, Martin and Wood, John Scofield etc) played keyboards and … Read More

March Performance Update
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February was fun! After some great music with Bryan Nichols and JT Bates, the debut of my series Magica Improvisado and the Todd Clouser CD release and short tour I’m excited to be back in town to play music for … Read More

January News!
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Well I just played a really nice show with Red 5 on Saturday night at Studio Z. The band played brilliantly and even thought the crowd was rather small we had a real connection going between performer and audience. It’s … Read More

The Bates Update
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“Hello all you boys and girls. I’d like to take you to the inside world. It’s quite an irregular place to be. But never fear you’re safe with me. Well, maybe.” – from Frizzle Fry by Les Claypool / Primus … Read More

Atlantis Quartet @ Artists Quarter
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Atlantis Quartet is playing at the AQ this weekend in preparation for our recording studio visit in mud December. Please come out and support the band and this local club! Title: Atlantis Quartet @ Artists Quarter Location: Artists Quarter Link … Read More

How Birds Work @ Artists Quarter
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Title: How Birds Work @ Artists Quarter Link out: Click here Description: Dean Granros – gtr Peter Schimke – pno Kenny Horst – dr CB – bs Start Time: 09:00 Date: 2012-11-16 Please come out to the Artists Quarter on … Read More

Dave Olson @ Aster Cafe
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Join the fantastic singer / songwriter Dave Olson and his merry band of FarmGirls for a night of beautiful songs about life, liberty and the pursuit! Friday Nov 9th @ the Aster Cafe  (http://aster-cafe.com/music.html) 9:00 pm  $5 cover  2 big … Read More

11 in 9
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  This is a great, but grim, article on the economic state of being an artist: http://www.salon.com/2012/04/22/no_sympathy_for_the_creative_class/ My friend Jeremy Walker is also wrestling with some big questions regarding his path: http://www.mnartists.org/article.do?rid=323537 It got me thinking about what my freelancing life … Read More

Ari Bill
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http://www.bebopified.com/2012/10/ari-hoenig-bill-carrothers-and-chris.html  When music is played with people of integrity and passion for the art of sound, and it’s subtle and often fickle and fleeting moments of purity, then you have achieved the ultimate musical truth – in the moment only … Read More

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 … Read More

A Love Electric tour highlights
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9/27: I’ve been out here on the road for the last 9 days and I’ll be getting home in 3! Some really great music has been played and new friends have been made. This time around we are touring with … Read More

Worldwide! Chris Bates’ Red 5 ‘New Hope’ Album Release!
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I am pleased to announce that the debut album ‘New Hope’ from Chris Bates’ Red 5 is available worldwide today, Tuesday Sept 18th! If you are living in the Minneapolis / St Paul area you can pick up your very own … Read More

CD RELEASE PARTY!
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Update: WOW. It’s finally here. After many months of working and waiting it’s all happening this weekend. I’m releasing my debut CD as a leader and my band Chris Bates’ Red 5 will be throwing down at the Artists Quarter. … Read More

Chris Bates’ Red 5 ‘New Hope’ gets some press.
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Here is an interview about Red 5 by Pamela Espeland. She writes for Mn Post and is one of the biggest advocates for the creative music community in Mpls / St Paul. Please click thru to her website for this … Read More

Jeremy Walker’s Boot Camp
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Title: Jeremy Walker’s Boot Camp Location: Dakota Link out: Click here Description: Boot Camp featuring Jeremy Walker on piano Brandon Wozniak on saxophone Chris Bates on bass Miguel Hurtado on drums Start Time: 23:00 Date: 2012-08-24

Chris Bates’ Red5 CD Release Party
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Artists Quarter Friday and Saturday Sept 14th and 15th 9pm $10 cover CD’s will be for sale. Chris Thomson: tenor and soprano saxophones Brandon Wozniak: tenor and alto saxophones Zack Lozier: trumpet and flugelhorn Jt Bates: drums and cymbals Chris … Read More

A decade since 7th St. Entry
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Itʼs been a solid decade since I last played The 7th St. Entry. I remember a couple of shows there with my friend John Devine & Imp Ork and the 1st set opening slot (aka -lonely town) for the first?! … Read More

Atlantis Quartet @ the Artists Quarter!
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Title: Atlantis Quartet @ the Artists Quarter! Location: the Artists Quarter Link out: Click here Description: ONE NIGHT ONLY!!! Atlantis has been laying in the weeds working up some new music for you all and we are truly excited to … Read More

Zack Lozier, Adrian Suarez and CB @ Harriet Brewing!
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Title: Zack Lozier, Adrian Suarez and CB @ Harriet Brewing! Location: Harriet Brewing Link out: Click here Description: Trumpeter Zack Lozier is hosting a jazz night on the first Thursday of every month down at the Harriet Tap Room. On … Read More