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Atlantis Quartet Livestream Concert
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Hello everyone! It’s been a good long while since I updated so I do hope this message finds you and your families, loved ones, and pets all in good health. Here we are approximately one year since the first Coronavirus … Read More

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

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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

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