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Bates Update FALL 2020
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Wow. It’s just wow. So many things have changed, and shifted, and generally gone askew that I will just say; Here we are. We’re still here. Getting up everyday and working on the work that needs to be worked on. … Read More

Bates Update Artist In Residence Edition
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Hello! Needless to say, is it a very incredible(!!!????) time to be a human being on planet earth? I really do hope that all of you are staying healthy and balanced during this situation. I have been overwhelmed at times, so … Read More

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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

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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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October is upon us. Not much to share other than this run on sentence. Playing music is a fascinating and bizarre career path with many ups and downs that don’t always align with the norms of normalcy within the social … Read More

Summer’s going fast…. Bates Updates getting slower.
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I’m sorry. Bates Updates have been sporadic at best. I will do better. (there is no try) -cb Here’s what’s up with September. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9-7, 8, 9  7pm  All Ages  TICKETS HERE      Davina and the Vagabonds … Read More

July already???? Dang.
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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 … Read More

I wish I MAY. I wish, I PLAY.
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Hey everyone what’s happening?! I can only hope you are getting outside and enjoying this fantastic spring weather. It’s been a tremendous turnaround since we were deluged with that snowstorm a couple of weeks ago.  This month I’m keeping it … Read More

The Spring of our Discontent
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Well all the snow melted. Then it came back. And Old Man Winter laughs as our feeble minds attempt to reconcile. Indeed discontentedness is prevalent in all aspects of our lives. American politics is a shit show and the polarization … Read More

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