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2011.06.12 | June 12, 2011 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Ricky Peterson - guest artist
Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.
A life long Minnesotan whose sound has always focused on a characteristically “Minneapolis” sound, Ricky Peterson is best known for his now 20 year association with saxophone legend David Sanborn and for having, produced, written and played keyboards for Prince on and off since his early days on the Twin Cities scene (perhaps most notably producing and arranging the song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”).
Playing on David Sanborn records since the mid 80’s, he ensembled with and produced Sanborn on “Songs from the Night Before” and Prince on “Gold”, “Emancipation”, “Crystal Ball”. Peterson also played a big part in writing and producing George Benson’s “That’s Right” CD.
This is just the icing on a career whose associations (either live or in the studio) read like a diverse pop and jazz trivia encyclopedia: Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Anita Baker, James Taylor, Mavis Staples, Joe Sample, Sting, Sergio Mendes, Brian Wilson, Ben Sidran, Rodger Waters, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Phil Upchurch, Jimmy Buffet, Fine Young Cannibals, Steve Miller Band, GoGos, Paula Abdul, Boz Scaggs, Dave Koz, Lalah Hathaway, Sheryl Crow, Jonathon Butler, Bruce Willis, The Jets, Jermaine Jackson, Rhythm Syndicate, Chaka Khan, Robben Ford, Howard Hewett, Larry Graham, Tuck & Patti and John Mayer.
Recording and touring over the years alongside everyone from Prince and David Sanborn to Bonnie Raitt and George Benson, Ricky Peterson learned more than a few things about what it takes to step into the spotlight and be a successful solo artist. Ricky started his solo career with his first album “Night Watch” with Tommy LiPuma at Warner Brothers in ‘89 . He then went on to create more music on the Go Jazz Label with the critically acclaimed “Smile Blue” and “A Tear Can Tell” in ‘92 and ‘96. He was first introduced to Windham Hill Jazz fans in ‘98 with single song contributions to popular television shows as well as the Midnight Groove sampler in 1998.
While Peterson’s tunes on those compilations displayed the gentler, more reflective side of his artistry, he adds to the palette on his new music with hard-hitting, edgy tunes that recall his upbringing as a fan of R&B/funk, progressive rock, jazz and blues. “I pride myself on musicality in everything, and I’m most challenged by intricate chord changes– even on the simplest tune.” He adds “I also work on arrangements so that unexpected segments are a given. It’s fun starting out in one place, then taking the song in a new and exciting direction. And for God’s sake, it’s got to be funky! To me, maintaining the passion for music and expressing my emotions as honestly as possible is what it’s all about.”
2011.07.10 | July 10, 2011 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Jamecia Bennett - guest artist
Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Producer ,Vocal Arranger, and Artist Developer
Background vocalist Credits :
Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Sting, Rod Stewart, Usher, Johnny Gill, Ann Nesby, Shaggy, Paris Bennett, Mint Condition, Dennis Spears, Paris Bennett, Alexander O’neal, Jonathan Butler, and Lionel Richie.
Currently, Jamecia lives in Minneapolis. She is a former member and a lead vocalist of the original Grammy Award Winning Sounds Of Blackness. After touring the world with the Sounds Of Blackness, Jamecia recieved a solo contract from Mercury Records that resulted in her writing and performing songs on movie soundtracks such as, Jasons Lyric, Kazaam, and Posse.
Jamecia hit the Billboard charts at #8 as a featured lead soloist with Dove and Stellar nominees, James Grear and Company with a cd entitled Don’t Give UP. She also completed an album that was released in London and Germany. Jamecia is also known on the off broadway play circuit for her performances in Tyler Perry’s shows ( I Know I’ve Been Changed, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and Madea’s Family Reunion) and author Micheal Baisdons show ( Men Cry In The Dark) returning to her home where she resides Minneapolis, Minnesota she joined the cast of( The Night Before Christmas) performed at the Guthrie Theatre. She later was blessed to join yet another cast of the hit off broadway show, “ BeeHive” playing the roles of her idols Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. Jamecia did not stop there she soon connected with one of the best theaters in Minnesota the Penumbra, where she performed in great shows such as; Black Nativity, and Get Ready. The Ordway Center was her next venture sharing the stage with Debbie Duncan, Julius Collins, and Regina Williams in 3 month running show, “Blues In The Night.” Jamecia graced the renown Guthrie Theaters stage in the 5 Tony Award Winning Broadway Show "Caroline orChange" April-June20 2009.She recently just joined the cast ofthe broadway show, “RENT 2010.”
Now being the daughter of Ann Nesby and the mother/manager of Paris Bennett, music is family and love. Jamecia says, “I make and sing music to heal the soul.” The artist development side of Jamecia she claims is her favorite past time. If you watched Season 5 American Idol you will see her work shown through her daughter Paris Bennett as she took the world by storm capturing the 5th spot as a finalist out of 125,000 artist that auditioned for the show. Jamecia teaches stage presence, vocal instruction and coaching, etiquette, interviewing skills, fashion consulting, studio vocal training and production of studio vocals. Jamecia worked under the leadership and guidance for superstar producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for 10 years learning all she could from these talented gentlemen. She now runs a organization called Minnesota Movement LLC, which is a artist developement company for up and coming artist, providing them with guidance in studio production, stage presence, styling, interviewing skills, touring etiqutte, public relations, social media and marketing.
Patty Peterson - guest artist
2011.09.18 | September 18, 2011 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Gary Schulte - guest artist
Sunday, September 18 - 5:00 PM, Weyerheauser Auditorium
Gary Schulte is a jazz violinist to whom Stephane Grappelli gave his most sincere blessing. Schulte’s duo with France’s top cellist-improvisor, Didier Petit, at Minnesota Sur Seine 2008 was called one of the highlights of the festival. A veteran of A Prairie Home Companion, Schulte has collaborated with a diverse crew that has included Gypsy Jazz guitarist legend Dorado Schmit, David Byrne, Dionne Warwick, Butch Thompson, Dean Magraw, Ballet of the Dolls,the Minnesota Gospel Twins, Ancestor Energy Poetry-Jazz, Twin Cities Hot Club, and many others in his career spanning nearly 40 years.
He is also known for his unaccompanied solo CONCERTS IN UNUSUAL PLACES where he takes story or image requests and creates spontaneous performance compositions before a live audience. Schulte is a graduate of Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with Paganini virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci.
2011.10.09 | October 9, 2011 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Irv Williams - guest artist
Sunday, October 9,2011 - 5:00 PM, Weyerheauser Auditorium
Raised in Cincinnati and Little Rock, Arkansas, Irv Williams first settled in the Twin Cities in 1942 while playing in the Navy band. Irv started out as a childhood violinist, a diminutive youngster who charmed the crowds with his musical talent and his undeniable “cuteness.”
His father, a doctor, prescribed the clarinet to strengthen Irv's lungs during a bout with bronchitis at age 11. Williams fell in love with the horn and soon moved on to the sax – all he wanted to do was blow the horn. This beloved tenor sax player has worked in bands fronted by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Fletcher Henderson, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine's orchestra and many other jazz luminaries at venues like the Apollo Theater and the Howard Theater. His warm, soulful tone and mastery of the jazz ballad earned him the moniker “Mister Smooth” (as bestowed by former Pioneer Press jazz writer Bob Protzman).
Irv has performed in just about every jazz club the Twin Cities has hosted since WWII, including The Flame Bar where he split sets with stars like Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie and Johnny Hodges. An educator and mentor to countless Twin Cities musicians, Irv's contributions to the music scene go far beyond his estimable sax skills. He spent decades teaching in the St. Paul public schools, guest lecturing at the University of Minnesota, and performing with the late jazz messenger, Dr. Reginald Buckner. Irv was the first jazz musician to be honored by the State of Minnesota with his own “Irv Williams Day” in 1984, and had his picture on the “Celebrate Minnesota” official state map in 1990. His many awards include induction into the Minnesota Jazz Hall of Fame and receiving the Arts Midwest Jazz Masters Award in 1995.
Now 86 years old, Irv Williams has threatened retirement on several occasions – luckily for his fans retirement seems to be the one musical endeavor he just can't master. Since turning 85, Irv has released two wonderful CDs and continues to be a hard working live performer. Describing Irv's latest CD Dedicated To You in the Star Tribune, Tom Surowicz remarked, “It's one thing to be prolific and vital at age 85. It's quite another for an artist to be doing some of his best work.” Irv's CD That's All?, released in October 2004, was named one of the “Top 20 Local Albums” of 2004 by the Star Tribune, alongside rappers, rockers and a star named Prince.
“Notes from Williams' saxophone seem to float on air rather than fill it.” - Pioneer Press.
2011.11.13 | November 13, 2011 - PipJazz at the Landmark
Jazz Youth Night - sponsored by TCJazzSociety
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 5:00 PM, Weyerheauser Auditorium
PipJazz Sundays & sponsors Wells Pianos are committed to bringing the art of jazz to the Landmark Center Twin Cities venue while providing professional performance opportunities for students within area jazz programs and subsequently bringing them to you, the PipJazz Sundays audience. We are proud to have the Twin Cities Jazz Society additionally sponsoring this show. Three talented youth will be featured within the November program; DeCarlo Jackson from the St Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts, Quentin Tschofen - freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Jordan Anderson who currently attends Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul as an 8th grader in the school of logic.
DeCarlo Jackson (trumpet)
DeCarlo started playing trumpet in early elementary school and has studied under Jeff Keys, Felix James, and (currently) Solomon Parham. In addition to the Dakota Combo (2010-2011), DeCarlo plays (with his brother Devante) in the jazz quintet, Public Newsense, which has been featured at the Freedom Jazz Festival, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival and Midtown Global Market Jazz Festival; also plays with Walker West Jazz Ensembles, with the Capri Big Band, and with a progressive post-rock band he recently started with friends called Armonia, in which he plays bass guitar. DeCarlo attends St Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts.
Quentin Tschofen (piano)
studies with Bryan Nichols at MacPhail and has participated in MacPhail’s summer jazz camps and combos (including the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Dakota Combo), Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth jazz camp, and Minnesota Youth Jazz Band. Winner of the 2010 and 2011 Schubert Club/Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Jazz Piano Scholarship competitions, Quentin played for the U of M's Jazz Ensemble II as a Post Secondary Options student during his senior year of high school. He is now a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and keeping busy with his own bands. He’s recently performed at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Dakota StreetFest, Midtown Global Market Jazz Festival, at the Dakota, Artists Quarter and Studio Z.
Jordan Anderson (piano)
Jordan was born in South Minneapolis where he started taking piano lessons in the spring of 2nd grade at Schmitt Music. After attending a jazz clinic at Walker West Music Academy in 2010, Jordan decided to remain there to study classical and jazz piano. He currently takes private lessons at Walker West, along with being a member of one of Walker West’s jazz ensembles: HHC – Hit Hard Crew.HHC had a busy summer playing at various events throughout the twin cities. Highlights include: On June 25th, HHC played on the Mears Park main stage for the TC Jazz Festival. On June 29th, it was Ella Fitzgerald Day at Midway Stadium with HHC performing after the game to help celebrate a national treasure. And finally, HHC was invited to play on the KFAI stage as part of the 6th Annual Flow Northside Arts Crawl.
Jordan currently attends Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul as an 8th grader in the school of logic.
2011.12.04 | December 4, 2011 - PipJazz at the Landmark
Esera Tuaolo - guest artist
Weyerhauser Auditorium 5 p.m.
Aloha! I am Esera Tuaolo. I was born in Honolulu and now reside in Minneapolis. I played nine years in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons (1998 Super Bowl contender), and Carolina Panthers. I was the first rookie in NFL history to start all 16 games my first year earning me a spot on the All Rookie team in 1991. I also recorded the last tackle of football legend John Elway.
One of my most memorable moments in the NFL was when I was asked to sing the National Anthem on a national televised Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears. As my knees buckled and I walked out to the middle of the field to sing in front of 80,000 screaming fans, my saving grace was that I started on pitch. I was asked to sing the national anthem before a game while on each of the five NFL teams for which I played. In 1996 I was asked to participate in a project that paired NFL stars with national recording artists to produce two albums, NFL Country and NFL Jam. I was paired with Ritchie Rich from the Dog Pound production and Jizsum from the Whoo Tang Clan, as well as Lari White and Bryan White. My first album, self-titled ESERA (available on iTunes), is a very eclectic album that draws from Pop, Pop Rock, R&B, and Hip Hop. It brings a whole different vibe to today's ever-changing music industry and gives you a flavor of my Samoan heritage. The songs are heartfelt and bursting with inner passion that has been building up for years. I worked with producer and song-writer David Kellogg for this project, which will hopefully help to break the stereotype that football players cannot sing.
Zosha Warpeha (violin) recalls that her interest in music and jazz started at home when she “begged my parents for 3 years to let me learn violin-- they gave in at the age of 7.” Zosha (16) attended Princeton High School through 10th grade and is now attending the Perpich Center for the Arts as a resident student. Although her first love is violin, Zosha also plays piano, bass and oboe in school bands; she has played violin in the Minnesota Youth Symphony, the St. Cloud Symphony, Dakota Combo, and plays “a mix of bluegrass, folk, rock, and jazz--all at the same time” in a band called The String Chickens, based in Princeton.