Season 2012

March 11, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Jason DeLaire - Guest Artist - March 11

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Jason is a member of the well-known musical “Peterson Family” of Minneapolis, MN. He is proficient on keyboards and saxophone, as well as being a talented singer, songwriter and producer. Currently touring with Oleta Adams, he has also toured nationally and internationally with renowned artists such as Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Prince, Alexander O’Neal, Richard Marx, Solo, and Cherrelle. Jason has also done studio work with Michael Bolton, Alexander O’Neal, Prince, Donny Osmond, as well as Bobby Brown, Ben Sidran and Flyte Time Productions.

 

 

Jason attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, studying film score and musical harmony. He is a well-rounded and versatile performer of classic jazz and R &B and has earned a reputation as a solid touring accompanist and ‘front’ solo performer. His debut CD “In My Life” received critical acclaim during the inauguration of President Barack Obama for his reflective lyrics.

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - DeVante Jackson

 

 

Devante began his study of the Alto Sax under Dean Brewington for his first 2 years of early learning. He has worked with  Felix James at Walker West since the 6th grade and continues to study.  He switched from the Alto Sax to the Tenor Sax under Felix's guidance and has studied with Chris Thomson for a few seasons at MacPhail School of Music also.

 

Groups:

Public NewSense (with his brother DeCarlo and several friends)

Capri Big Band (with Dean Brewington, Jeff keys, Fay and Donald Washington, his brother DeCarlo, and many others.)  He's had 3 Summer of TCY Summer Jazz Camp with Bernie Edstrom

 

Interests:

DeVante has for the most part - self taught himself to play the piano and now with help Bryan Nicols from MacPhail School of music he's learned more.  For the past 3 years, DeVante has also crafted a very good ear for "Beats" which he's learned and is at the top of his craft with the guidance and leadership of his favorite High School Audio Recording teacher, Harlow (Red) Freeberg.

 

Future Plans:

DeVante is a Sr. at Central High School and plans to attend the University of Manitoba in the Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

April 15, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Solomon Parham

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Solomon Jamal Parham began his musical endeavors at the youthful age of nine. He knew at this early age that the trumpet would be his instrument of choice, and so it was that he began to embark upon his musical journey that would later develop into a rewarding career. Time proceeded, as did Solomon’s desire to grow musically and to further cultivate his musical awareness, Solomon began his college education at Kentucky State University (Historically Black College and University) and Wayne State University immediately after high school graduation.

 

His accomplishments, thus far, include music education in public, private and charter schools, performing, and instrumental demonstrations for various grade levels. Solomon has served as mentor/member of the Civic Jazz Orchestra (CJO), a jazz education youth outreach program funded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Solomon is quite proud of his accomplishments, such as performing at the Ford International Jazz Festivals as well participating in the Tercentennial Anniversary of Detroit’s filming project by the IMAX Theaters. Solomon has recorded and performed with saxophonist Wes Anderson, Walker West Music Academy, Lrenee Neo Soul Album "2nd Chances", and performed with Delfeay Marsalis “Jazz and Jasmine Meets the Jazz band”, and the St. Paul MN Selby Jazz Festivals 2008-2011. Solomon aspires to continue as a successful educator, performer, and role model in the fine and performing arts and feels that with his skillset, experience, and diligence, these endeavors will become more attainable.

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - Alex Grothe

 

 

– senior, St Paul Central

 

Alex Grothe has studied trumpet at Walker West since elementary school. His Alex Grothe Sextet performed at the Artists Quarter last winter through the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Young Artists Series. He’s currently a senior at St Paul Central and plays with the school’s jazz ensembles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Debbie Duncan

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Debbie Duncan may be considered the upper Midwest's "best-kept-musical secret", but she has become a local legend and treasure in her home of Minneapolis. Her personality, vitality, and versatility all contribute to that fact. She is a terrific entertainer, and this is certainly part of her appeal. Most importantly, however, "she's a superb vocalist, probably the finest in the area/" [Bob Protzman, St. Paul Pioneer Press]

 

 

 

Debbie was raised in Detroit by parents steeped in jazz, and was surrounded by the vibrant sound of Motown that was sweeping the country. She also has a strong love of folk, classical, and gospel music. The combination of these influences has given her the ability to blue the lines between jazz and popular music, and to sing with a rare level of emotional conviction that draws the audience into the heart of a song. She can move from a whisper to a fever pitch in the breath of a phrase and testigy in a way that commands the listeners rapt attention. Her choice of songs reflects her background. It ranges from jazz standards by great American composers to obscure bluesy sounds [bu Oscar Brown, Jr.] to popular music [by writers like Carol King]. Always, the treatment is Debbie's alone.

 

Debbie hones her skills through years of experience. She studied classical voice for 14 years, including 4 years at Wayne State University. In Detroit she recorded back-up vocals for Mitch Ryder and Bob Seger. She then spent several years in the Los Angeles music scene recording back-up vocals for various artists and performing with her own jazz groups in popular nightclub settings.

 

Debbie has sung with Bobby Watson and Horizon, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Lyle, Jack McDuff, John Hendricks, Mark Murphy, Chicago's legendary Von Freeman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Rececca Paris. She received rave reviews opening for greats such as Herbie Hancock, Stephan Grapelli, Miles Davis, Lou Rawls and Joe Henderson. She also sang on Jimmy McGriff's CD, "In a Blue Meed", where her track of Dr. Feelgood was the most-played tune on that CD.

 

Debbie has now expanded her musical horizons nationally to such places as the legendary "Snug Harbor" in New Orleans, "The Green Mill" in Chicago, "Bay Fest Blues Festival" in Mobile Alabama, "Alabama Blues and Jazz Federation" in Montgomery, "Black Hills Jazz Festival" in Black Hills South Dakota, the "Sioux Falls Jazz Festival" in South Dakota and the "KBEM Jazz Festival" in Minneapolis Minnesota.

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist: Jack Breen (Alto Saxaphone)

 

Graduate of St. Paul Central High School

Jack studies at Walker West Music Academy and was a member of the acclaimed St. Paul Central High School jazz bands. He was the PipJazz Youth guest artist in May 2012. His "Jack Breen Group" performed on the Youth Stage at the 2013 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. After graduating from Central High School, Jack enrolled in the jazz studies program of Lawrence Conservatory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 10, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Barbara LeShoure

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

There are singers who sing the Blues .. and then there’s Barbara LeShoure who is the Blues. She was born and raised on the South side of Chicago and was weaned on the Blues by her father, Bluesman Jack Stepter (singer, harmonica and guitar). Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sunnyland Slim and John Lee Hooker frequented her home and graced the kitchen table to feast on her mom’s fried chicken. At age 2, Barbara accompanied her father nightly to various blues venues and he had her singing the Blues. Barbara for a while swayed to Jazz, but her daddy insisted, "You better sing the Blues!" and my Lord, that's exactly what she does!!! For 17 years Barbara and her band, Devon Smith (guitar), Carlos Johnson (guitar), Joe Thomas (drums), and a cat she calls Chuggalug (bass) performed as THE House band at the Kingston Mines.

 

 Barbara cites her influences as Bessie Smith, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, and Gloria Lynn. Quite an impressive group with such a wide variety of artistic stylings and voices, but honestly, Barbara is right there with them and she can sing all and any of that! In fact, she has portrayed Bessie Smith in the off-broadway production of "The Cotton Club Review." Of her many other stage performances "Little Dreamers," "The Wiz," and "Don’t Bother Me I Can Cope" are but a few. Plus, she has 2 movie credits to her name, one of them Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. She was featured in the Fernando Jones' production of "I Was There When the Blues Was Red Hot;" she's performed on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor; performed at the College Theatre created by Catherine Dunham; she's been featured in several Chicago television commercials and has graced the cover of Inside Chicago and featured in Interview magazines.

 

She was close friends with Koko Taylor and Valerie Wellington and counts Lonnie Brooks, Sugar Blue, Big Time Sarah, Billy Branch, AC Reed and many others as good friends. She has traveled the world: Spain and Japan twice with Billy Branch, Nigeria, and Israel, where she lived for a time. What's fun is to go out to a Twin Cities’ club and hear "Barbara LeShoure is in the House!" from just about any big name from Chicago like Billy Branch or Sugar Blue, and subsequently, she's called to the stage to sing.

 

 She had a setback in the spring of 2010, what she calls "a little stroke" and is working hard to get back into the thick of the Blues scene. She tells everyone, "Don't count me out! I'm coming back!!"

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - Joe Suihkonen, trumpet (12th grade, Minneapolis South High School)

 

 

Joe grew up surrounded by music, as his dad played guitar in the local band, Out All Night. After starting guitar at age four, he moved on to drums and trumpet at 9. Joe remembers that his first jazz record was The Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane's Live at Carnegie Hall, and particularly “the tune ‘Sweet and Lovely’ was what really made me fall in love with jazz music.” Joe was largely self taught on guitar, noting that he attributes “my musical ability to the fact that I was playing music long before I could read it.” He did study classical trumpet at school and currently studies jazz trumpet with Dave Jensen. As much as he likes the instrument, he also notes that “It's a hell of a lot of work…keeping your muscles strong enough to play [and] that sometimes playing actual music becomes pushed aside…not a whole lot of people play with very much sensitivity and they just exploit the instrument's ability to be loud and abrasive.” But he also notes that “I love playing the trumpet because of the energy and inspiration it gives me. Whenever I pick up my horn, a world of possibilities opens to me.” In addition to bands and combos at South, Joe plays with local rock band Joe & Kyle and free jazz group Bad Acid. Joe plans to study music in college, and “get a BA in Performance and one in Music Ed, then go out East to get my masters.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 8, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Wise | Magraw

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Dean Magraw www.deanmagraw.com

Dean Magraw is a consummate guitarist, playing with wit and soulful abandon. A performer like no other, he is part-comedian, part-philosopher and all-around musical genius. Transcending genre, he has performed with a cornucopia of collaborators from jazz organist Jack McDuff to folk icon Greg Brown, trad Irish supergroup Altan to classical violinist Nigel  Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Wise

 

 www.marcuswise.net

Marcus Wise is a top-tier tabla player, poetic and genre-bending. An ambassador of Eastern classical music, he makes Indian sounds accessible to American music fans, collaborating with folk, jazz, gospel and pop artists. He has performed and recorded with such artists as The Doors’ John Densmore, sitar player David Whetstone, R&B singer Alexander O’Neal, classical Indian musician Nirmala Rajasekar, jazz artist Anthony Cox, cellist David Darling, sarod player Bruce Hamm and pop producer Jimmy Jam (Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - John Blanda

 

John started taking piano lessons in Kindergarten at age five.  After a few years he was referred to Dr. Reid Smith in Dellwood, MN for classical training where he remains a student.  He performed a solo concert in 2011 both in Dellwood and Norma, Italy that consisted of classical, jazz and his own creations.

 

In 2009, after a suggestion by Tommy Barbarella that John should start jazz, he started taking jazz lessons from Mr. Grant West at the Walker West Music Academy in St Paul, MN.  Jazz lessons opened up the world of music for John.   In addition to the jazz lessons, he also belongs to an ensemble at Walker West under the direction of Mr. Felix James.

 

John is a sophomore at Hill-Murray High school where he accompanies the choir and participates in their jazz band.

 

 

 

 

 

August 12, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Yolande Bruce

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Yolande is best known as a member of the award-winning vocal jazz group Moore by Four, Yolande has performed nationally and internationally, and opened for such legendary act as Dizzy Gillespie, Sara Vaughn, and BB King. She has received many honors and awards including those from The Hallie Q Brown Center, The Selby Jazz Association, The Minnesota Music Awards, and most notably by the Minnesota Black Music Awards with their Legacy Award.

 

Yolande has performed in many of the top performing arts venues both locally and regionally, including The Dakota Jazz Club, The Fitzgerald Theatre, and Orchestra Hall. She has also performed in the annual production of Black Nativity at Penumbra Theatre; 2-Gether, Living Beauty, and For Our Daughters at Illusion Theatre; Dream On Monkey Mountain at the Guthrie Theater; Blues in the Night at The Ordway Theatre; and Adrift on the Mississippi for the History Theatre.

 

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - Jake Baldwin

 

Jake will be starting his last year at the New England Conservatory of Music in the fall. He graduated from Minnetonka High School and played two years in the Dakota Combo. Last spring he was one of three finalists in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition. He's played at the Dakota with his quartet and sextet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Dennis Spears

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Dennis Spears became known as the male voice of Moore By Four, the locally-based, internationally heeled quartet headed by pianist/arranger Sanford Moore, featuring the voices of Spears, Yolande Bruce, Ginger Commodore and Connie Evingson. Dennis has kept himself busy and visible ever since, performing in theater, in music ensembles, and gigging with his own band(s). He is one of the best entertainers around this area, and his renown is growing. His theater piece about Nat King Cole was presented at the Kennedy Center in spring 2010.

 

 

 

“Dennis Spears’ voice isn’t just an instrument, it’s a continent: He sings of the rich earth of the south where the roots of the blues and jazz are deeply planted, of the lucid north where freedom of expression thrives. He deftly touches on the sharp sophistication of the east coast and the eclectic energy of the west, striking a common chord among us with every turn of phrase.”

- M. Dodge (Criterion Jazz Review)

 

 

 

October 14, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Steve Faison

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Steve is one the most versatile performers in the Twin Cities and beyond. Spending years on the road traveling the world as a vocalist, percussionist, bassist, drummer and guitarists as well as a producer, arranger and jingle writer. He has performed on hundreds of jingles, albums and industrial soundtracks for radio and television and industrial shows including Dairy Queen, Channel 9 and 11 television, Minnesota Twins and he has been a staff writer and player for several recording studios in the Twin Cities and Atlantic City.

 

As a vocalist, Steve is one of the most prolific singers of all styles including jazz scatting, R&B, pop, rock, and blues. Steve is a highly qualified ensemble instructor as well as a college and high school clinician. Steve has played with The Coasters, the Drifters, Marvellettes, Platters, Ricky Peterson, St. Paul Peterson, Walter Trout and Aretha Franklin.

 

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist: Joshua Jones

 

Joshua Jones is a senior at Minneapolis Southwest High School where he plays tenor saxophone in the school jazz band and combos. He started sax in middle school, and has studied at the Twin Cities Youth Jazz Camp with Bernie Edstrom and with Adam Linz at MacPhail as a member of the Dakota Combo. Joshua notes his sources of inspiration include John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin, Zoot Sims, Scott Hamilton and Stan Getz.  With Southwest bands and the Dakota Combo, Joshua has performed at the Dakota, Artists Quarter, MacPhail, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and more. In addition to music, Joshua has a rigorous schedule of International Baccalaureate courses (with math and physics his favorites) and is the goalkeeper for the Southwest varsity soccer team. “I would like to be able to find a way to pursue all three areas of interest,” he says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 11, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

PipJazz Youth All Star Night

 

A November tradition of the PipJazz Youth Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 9, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Jason Richards

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Jason has superb command of his flexible baritone that literally cocoons the listener within the cozy atmosphere of the images and feelings that he sings about. His trademarks are his sophisticated phrasing, the mature tonal qualities of his vocals, and his relaxed style.

 

Jason Richards has carved out an excellent singing career by following in the footsteps left by legends such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. Childhood was spent on the musical stage in such shows as Oliver, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma and West Side Story to name a few.

 

After graduating from Loyola High School in Mankato, MN., Jason moved to Minneapolis, MN. and continued his musical theater aspirations starring in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Company, Grease, and Scrooge until bitten by the jazz singer bug. Jason then started singing with jazz trios/quartets, big bands and as a solo vocalist/pianist at local jazz clubs in and around the Twin Cities. After performing at a reception for the King and Queen of Sweden, Jason was asked to open for popular vocalist, Vic Damone at the famous Rainbow Room in New York City.

 

In 2005, Jason toured Europe with nightclub and concert performances in Greece, Italy, Spain and France, as well as a main stage entertainer for Celebrity Cruises. Jason was requested by the Minnesota Twins marketing director to sing the National Anthem at a Twins season opener and was also a featured vocalist for the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2008.

 

At present, Jason continues to write for his forthcoming CD of original material slated for a 2013 release date.

 

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist: Freeman Ryan

 

Freeman started playing cello when he was six years old in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  His dad took him to lessons with the local string foundation, and he began playing in the orchestral setting.  He joined the community orchestra when he was nine, and other orchestras in Northern Minnesota throughout the next few years.  When he reached High School, he started experimenting with a variety of genres on the cello, joining bands and groups to play music with.  Now at 16 years old, he is in his senior year at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, where he has joined several bands and played with a variety of musicians.  He hopes to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, though he hopes to travel for several years before college.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 11, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Jason DeLaire - Guest Artist - March 11

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Jason is a member of the well-known musical “Peterson Family” of Minneapolis, MN. He is proficient on keyboards and saxophone, as well as being a talented singer, songwriter and producer. Currently touring with Oleta Adams, he has also toured nationally and internationally with renowned artists such as Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Prince, Alexander O’Neal, Richard Marx, Solo, and Cherrelle. Jason has also done studio work with Michael Bolton, Alexander O’Neal, Prince, Donny Osmond, as well as Bobby Brown, Ben Sidran and Flyte Time Productions.

 

 

Jason attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, studying film score and musical harmony. He is a well-rounded and versatile performer of classic jazz and R &B and has earned a reputation as a solid touring accompanist and ‘front’ solo performer. His debut CD “In My Life” received critical acclaim during the inauguration of President Barack Obama for his reflective lyrics.

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - DeVante Jackson

 

 

Devante began his study of the Alto Sax under Dean Brewington for his first 2 years of early learning. He has worked with  Felix James at Walker West since the 6th grade and continues to study.  He switched from the Alto Sax to the Tenor Sax under Felix's guidance and has studied with Chris Thomson for a few seasons at MacPhail School of Music also.

 

Groups:

Public NewSense (with his brother DeCarlo and several friends)

Capri Big Band (with Dean Brewington, Jeff keys, Fay and Donald Washington, his brother DeCarlo, and many others.)  He's had 3 Summer of TCY Summer Jazz Camp with Bernie Edstrom

 

Interests:

DeVante has for the most part - self taught himself to play the piano and now with help Bryan Nicols from MacPhail School of music he's learned more.  For the past 3 years, DeVante has also crafted a very good ear for "Beats" which he's learned and is at the top of his craft with the guidance and leadership of his favorite High School Audio Recording teacher, Harlow (Red) Freeberg.

 

Future Plans:

DeVante is a Sr. at Central High School and plans to attend the University of Manitoba in the Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

April 15, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Solomon Parham

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Solomon Jamal Parham began his musical endeavors at the youthful age of nine. He knew at this early age that the trumpet would be his instrument of choice, and so it was that he began to embark upon his musical journey that would later develop into a rewarding career. Time proceeded, as did Solomon’s desire to grow musically and to further cultivate his musical awareness, Solomon began his college education at Kentucky State University (Historically Black College and University) and Wayne State University immediately after high school graduation.

 

His accomplishments, thus far, include music education in public, private and charter schools, performing, and instrumental demonstrations for various grade levels. Solomon has served as mentor/member of the Civic Jazz Orchestra (CJO), a jazz education youth outreach program funded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Solomon is quite proud of his accomplishments, such as performing at the Ford International Jazz Festivals as well participating in the Tercentennial Anniversary of Detroit’s filming project by the IMAX Theaters. Solomon has recorded and performed with saxophonist Wes Anderson, Walker West Music Academy, Lrenee Neo Soul Album "2nd Chances", and performed with Delfeay Marsalis “Jazz and Jasmine Meets the Jazz band”, and the St. Paul MN Selby Jazz Festivals 2008-2011. Solomon aspires to continue as a successful educator, performer, and role model in the fine and performing arts and feels that with his skillset, experience, and diligence, these endeavors will become more attainable.

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - Alex Grothe

 

 

– senior, St Paul Central

 

Alex Grothe has studied trumpet at Walker West since elementary school. His Alex Grothe Sextet performed at the Artists Quarter last winter through the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Young Artists Series. He’s currently a senior at St Paul Central and plays with the school’s jazz ensembles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Debbie Duncan

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Debbie Duncan may be considered the upper Midwest's "best-kept-musical secret", but she has become a local legend and treasure in her home of Minneapolis. Her personality, vitality, and versatility all contribute to that fact. She is a terrific entertainer, and this is certainly part of her appeal. Most importantly, however, "she's a superb vocalist, probably the finest in the area/" [Bob Protzman, St. Paul Pioneer Press]

 

 

 

Debbie was raised in Detroit by parents steeped in jazz, and was surrounded by the vibrant sound of Motown that was sweeping the country. She also has a strong love of folk, classical, and gospel music. The combination of these influences has given her the ability to blue the lines between jazz and popular music, and to sing with a rare level of emotional conviction that draws the audience into the heart of a song. She can move from a whisper to a fever pitch in the breath of a phrase and testigy in a way that commands the listeners rapt attention. Her choice of songs reflects her background. It ranges from jazz standards by great American composers to obscure bluesy sounds [bu Oscar Brown, Jr.] to popular music [by writers like Carol King]. Always, the treatment is Debbie's alone.

 

Debbie hones her skills through years of experience. She studied classical voice for 14 years, including 4 years at Wayne State University. In Detroit she recorded back-up vocals for Mitch Ryder and Bob Seger. She then spent several years in the Los Angeles music scene recording back-up vocals for various artists and performing with her own jazz groups in popular nightclub settings.

 

Debbie has sung with Bobby Watson and Horizon, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Lyle, Jack McDuff, John Hendricks, Mark Murphy, Chicago's legendary Von Freeman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Rececca Paris. She received rave reviews opening for greats such as Herbie Hancock, Stephan Grapelli, Miles Davis, Lou Rawls and Joe Henderson. She also sang on Jimmy McGriff's CD, "In a Blue Meed", where her track of Dr. Feelgood was the most-played tune on that CD.

 

Debbie has now expanded her musical horizons nationally to such places as the legendary "Snug Harbor" in New Orleans, "The Green Mill" in Chicago, "Bay Fest Blues Festival" in Mobile Alabama, "Alabama Blues and Jazz Federation" in Montgomery, "Black Hills Jazz Festival" in Black Hills South Dakota, the "Sioux Falls Jazz Festival" in South Dakota and the "KBEM Jazz Festival" in Minneapolis Minnesota.

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist: Jack Breen (Alto Saxaphone)

 

Graduate of St. Paul Central High School

Jack studies at Walker West Music Academy and was a member of the acclaimed St. Paul Central High School jazz bands. He was the PipJazz Youth guest artist in May 2012. His "Jack Breen Group" performed on the Youth Stage at the 2013 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. After graduating from Central High School, Jack enrolled in the jazz studies program of Lawrence Conservatory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 10, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Barbara LeShoure

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

There are singers who sing the Blues .. and then there’s Barbara LeShoure who is the Blues. She was born and raised on the South side of Chicago and was weaned on the Blues by her father, Bluesman Jack Stepter (singer, harmonica and guitar). Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sunnyland Slim and John Lee Hooker frequented her home and graced the kitchen table to feast on her mom’s fried chicken. At age 2, Barbara accompanied her father nightly to various blues venues and he had her singing the Blues. Barbara for a while swayed to Jazz, but her daddy insisted, "You better sing the Blues!" and my Lord, that's exactly what she does!!! For 17 years Barbara and her band, Devon Smith (guitar), Carlos Johnson (guitar), Joe Thomas (drums), and a cat she calls Chuggalug (bass) performed as THE House band at the Kingston Mines.

 

 Barbara cites her influences as Bessie Smith, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, and Gloria Lynn. Quite an impressive group with such a wide variety of artistic stylings and voices, but honestly, Barbara is right there with them and she can sing all and any of that! In fact, she has portrayed Bessie Smith in the off-broadway production of "The Cotton Club Review." Of her many other stage performances "Little Dreamers," "The Wiz," and "Don’t Bother Me I Can Cope" are but a few. Plus, she has 2 movie credits to her name, one of them Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. She was featured in the Fernando Jones' production of "I Was There When the Blues Was Red Hot;" she's performed on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor; performed at the College Theatre created by Catherine Dunham; she's been featured in several Chicago television commercials and has graced the cover of Inside Chicago and featured in Interview magazines.

 

She was close friends with Koko Taylor and Valerie Wellington and counts Lonnie Brooks, Sugar Blue, Big Time Sarah, Billy Branch, AC Reed and many others as good friends. She has traveled the world: Spain and Japan twice with Billy Branch, Nigeria, and Israel, where she lived for a time. What's fun is to go out to a Twin Cities’ club and hear "Barbara LeShoure is in the House!" from just about any big name from Chicago like Billy Branch or Sugar Blue, and subsequently, she's called to the stage to sing.

 

 She had a setback in the spring of 2010, what she calls "a little stroke" and is working hard to get back into the thick of the Blues scene. She tells everyone, "Don't count me out! I'm coming back!!"

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - Joe Suihkonen, trumpet (12th grade, Minneapolis South High School)

 

 

Joe grew up surrounded by music, as his dad played guitar in the local band, Out All Night. After starting guitar at age four, he moved on to drums and trumpet at 9. Joe remembers that his first jazz record was The Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane's Live at Carnegie Hall, and particularly “the tune ‘Sweet and Lovely’ was what really made me fall in love with jazz music.” Joe was largely self taught on guitar, noting that he attributes “my musical ability to the fact that I was playing music long before I could read it.” He did study classical trumpet at school and currently studies jazz trumpet with Dave Jensen. As much as he likes the instrument, he also notes that “It's a hell of a lot of work…keeping your muscles strong enough to play [and] that sometimes playing actual music becomes pushed aside…not a whole lot of people play with very much sensitivity and they just exploit the instrument's ability to be loud and abrasive.” But he also notes that “I love playing the trumpet because of the energy and inspiration it gives me. Whenever I pick up my horn, a world of possibilities opens to me.” In addition to bands and combos at South, Joe plays with local rock band Joe & Kyle and free jazz group Bad Acid. Joe plans to study music in college, and “get a BA in Performance and one in Music Ed, then go out East to get my masters.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 8, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Wise | Magraw

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Dean Magraw www.deanmagraw.com

Dean Magraw is a consummate guitarist, playing with wit and soulful abandon. A performer like no other, he is part-comedian, part-philosopher and all-around musical genius. Transcending genre, he has performed with a cornucopia of collaborators from jazz organist Jack McDuff to folk icon Greg Brown, trad Irish supergroup Altan to classical violinist Nigel  Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Wise

 

 www.marcuswise.net

Marcus Wise is a top-tier tabla player, poetic and genre-bending. An ambassador of Eastern classical music, he makes Indian sounds accessible to American music fans, collaborating with folk, jazz, gospel and pop artists. He has performed and recorded with such artists as The Doors’ John Densmore, sitar player David Whetstone, R&B singer Alexander O’Neal, classical Indian musician Nirmala Rajasekar, jazz artist Anthony Cox, cellist David Darling, sarod player Bruce Hamm and pop producer Jimmy Jam (Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - John Blanda

 

John started taking piano lessons in Kindergarten at age five.  After a few years he was referred to Dr. Reid Smith in Dellwood, MN for classical training where he remains a student.  He performed a solo concert in 2011 both in Dellwood and Norma, Italy that consisted of classical, jazz and his own creations.

 

In 2009, after a suggestion by Tommy Barbarella that John should start jazz, he started taking jazz lessons from Mr. Grant West at the Walker West Music Academy in St Paul, MN.  Jazz lessons opened up the world of music for John.   In addition to the jazz lessons, he also belongs to an ensemble at Walker West under the direction of Mr. Felix James.

 

John is a sophomore at Hill-Murray High school where he accompanies the choir and participates in their jazz band.

 

 

 

 

 

August 12, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Yolande Bruce

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Yolande is best known as a member of the award-winning vocal jazz group Moore by Four, Yolande has performed nationally and internationally, and opened for such legendary act as Dizzy Gillespie, Sara Vaughn, and BB King. She has received many honors and awards including those from The Hallie Q Brown Center, The Selby Jazz Association, The Minnesota Music Awards, and most notably by the Minnesota Black Music Awards with their Legacy Award.

 

Yolande has performed in many of the top performing arts venues both locally and regionally, including The Dakota Jazz Club, The Fitzgerald Theatre, and Orchestra Hall. She has also performed in the annual production of Black Nativity at Penumbra Theatre; 2-Gether, Living Beauty, and For Our Daughters at Illusion Theatre; Dream On Monkey Mountain at the Guthrie Theater; Blues in the Night at The Ordway Theatre; and Adrift on the Mississippi for the History Theatre.

 

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist - Jake Baldwin

 

Jake will be starting his last year at the New England Conservatory of Music in the fall. He graduated from Minnetonka High School and played two years in the Dakota Combo. Last spring he was one of three finalists in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition. He's played at the Dakota with his quartet and sextet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Dennis Spears

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Dennis Spears became known as the male voice of Moore By Four, the locally-based, internationally heeled quartet headed by pianist/arranger Sanford Moore, featuring the voices of Spears, Yolande Bruce, Ginger Commodore and Connie Evingson. Dennis has kept himself busy and visible ever since, performing in theater, in music ensembles, and gigging with his own band(s). He is one of the best entertainers around this area, and his renown is growing. His theater piece about Nat King Cole was presented at the Kennedy Center in spring 2010.

 

 

 

“Dennis Spears’ voice isn’t just an instrument, it’s a continent: He sings of the rich earth of the south where the roots of the blues and jazz are deeply planted, of the lucid north where freedom of expression thrives. He deftly touches on the sharp sophistication of the east coast and the eclectic energy of the west, striking a common chord among us with every turn of phrase.”

- M. Dodge (Criterion Jazz Review)

 

 

 

October 14, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Steve Faison

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Steve is one the most versatile performers in the Twin Cities and beyond. Spending years on the road traveling the world as a vocalist, percussionist, bassist, drummer and guitarists as well as a producer, arranger and jingle writer. He has performed on hundreds of jingles, albums and industrial soundtracks for radio and television and industrial shows including Dairy Queen, Channel 9 and 11 television, Minnesota Twins and he has been a staff writer and player for several recording studios in the Twin Cities and Atlantic City.

 

As a vocalist, Steve is one of the most prolific singers of all styles including jazz scatting, R&B, pop, rock, and blues. Steve is a highly qualified ensemble instructor as well as a college and high school clinician. Steve has played with The Coasters, the Drifters, Marvellettes, Platters, Ricky Peterson, St. Paul Peterson, Walter Trout and Aretha Franklin.

 

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist: Joshua Jones

 

Joshua Jones is a senior at Minneapolis Southwest High School where he plays tenor saxophone in the school jazz band and combos. He started sax in middle school, and has studied at the Twin Cities Youth Jazz Camp with Bernie Edstrom and with Adam Linz at MacPhail as a member of the Dakota Combo. Joshua notes his sources of inspiration include John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin, Zoot Sims, Scott Hamilton and Stan Getz.  With Southwest bands and the Dakota Combo, Joshua has performed at the Dakota, Artists Quarter, MacPhail, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and more. In addition to music, Joshua has a rigorous schedule of International Baccalaureate courses (with math and physics his favorites) and is the goalkeeper for the Southwest varsity soccer team. “I would like to be able to find a way to pursue all three areas of interest,” he says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 11, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

PipJazz Youth All Star Night

 

A November tradition of the PipJazz Youth Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 9, 2012 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark

 

Guest Artist - Jason Richards

Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.

 

Jason has superb command of his flexible baritone that literally cocoons the listener within the cozy atmosphere of the images and feelings that he sings about. His trademarks are his sophisticated phrasing, the mature tonal qualities of his vocals, and his relaxed style.

 

Jason Richards has carved out an excellent singing career by following in the footsteps left by legends such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. Childhood was spent on the musical stage in such shows as Oliver, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma and West Side Story to name a few.

 

After graduating from Loyola High School in Mankato, MN., Jason moved to Minneapolis, MN. and continued his musical theater aspirations starring in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Company, Grease, and Scrooge until bitten by the jazz singer bug. Jason then started singing with jazz trios/quartets, big bands and as a solo vocalist/pianist at local jazz clubs in and around the Twin Cities. After performing at a reception for the King and Queen of Sweden, Jason was asked to open for popular vocalist, Vic Damone at the famous Rainbow Room in New York City.

 

In 2005, Jason toured Europe with nightclub and concert performances in Greece, Italy, Spain and France, as well as a main stage entertainer for Celebrity Cruises. Jason was requested by the Minnesota Twins marketing director to sing the National Anthem at a Twins season opener and was also a featured vocalist for the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2008.

 

At present, Jason continues to write for his forthcoming CD of original material slated for a 2013 release date.

 

 

 

PipJazz Youth Artist: Freeman Ryan

 

Freeman started playing cello when he was six years old in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  His dad took him to lessons with the local string foundation, and he began playing in the orchestral setting.  He joined the community orchestra when he was nine, and other orchestras in Northern Minnesota throughout the next few years.  When he reached High School, he started experimenting with a variety of genres on the cello, joining bands and groups to play music with.  Now at 16 years old, he is in his senior year at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, where he has joined several bands and played with a variety of musicians.  He hopes to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, though he hopes to travel for several years before college.