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March into Music
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Is it really almost spring? Time is flying by so fast and the world seems to be getting even faster every day! I know I’ve touched on this topic before but it does seem to be a dominant feeling out … Read More

February Update
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Hey everyone! Winter is cruising along and I hope this message finds you healthy and happy! There are many shows in this first 10 days of February. It is certainly a lot to keep together both musically and promotionally. I … Read More

2020 Bulletin
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OK – In typical fashion, for many freelancers and creative types, my January is somewhat slow. I’m working on a bunch of ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ in the background here that will be manifesting themselves over this coming year. I am … Read More

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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

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