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2013.03.10 - PipJazz Sundays @ Landmark Center
Bruce Henry - Guest Artist - Sunday, March 10th 4:00 PM
Vocalist/educator/composer Bruce A. Henry has performed with the likes of the Jimmy Jam, Doc Severinsen, The Sounds of Blackness, Bobby McFerrin, Julius Hemphill, Buddy DeFranco and opened for the likes of Roberta Flack, Ramsey Lewis, Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, Stephan Grapelli and Gato Barbieri. Bruce has performed on 5 continents as well as nationally – from small intimate venues, to places like the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Henry has been heard on a Worldwide Radio Live Concert on the B.B.C. as well as notable movie soundtracks; Henry has performed on such exotic and legendary stages as the Malate concert in Manila, the Klezmer Festival in Israel, Le Bilboquet in Paris, The WhitBread in London, the Coconut Grove in Miami, the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and the Grand Wailea in Maui.
Bruce’s compositions have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, The Twin Cities Women’s Chorus and in the HBO film Laurel Avenue. Despite his frenetic performing and travel schedule, Henry is a committed educator whose “Evolution of African American Music” workshop is an inspirational presentation indeed.
Andrea Canter - Jazzink.blogspot.com “Like the best Cantors, Bruce can summon the highest spirit with a simple incantation. And it matters little if that spirit is Judaic, African, or Bulgarian or if the origin of the call is Gershwin or Parker or folk tradition.”
Jay Edwards - WCLK Atlanta"Bruce Henry is a male standard bearer who has a voice that transcends all and leaves us spellbound."
Mpls./St. Paul Magazine "He is a true master of the jazz art form.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press “A man of great musical imagination.”
Alan Denais, Manager Latitude Nightclub– Paris, France “Bruce is astounding and unclassifiable. He utilizes his talent with tremendous ease and flows from octave to octave. He possesses a glowing stage presence. Bruce is cool and yet exciting.”
PipJazz Youth Artist - Dakota Combo - 2013
Benjamin Beyene, drums (Minneapolis Roosevelt)
Jack Courtright, trombone (Apple Valley)
Peter Goggin, alto saxophone (Moundsview)
Will Kjeer, piano (St Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists)
Jackson Mullett, trumpet (Eden Prairie)
Levi Schwartzberg, vibraphone (Minneapolis Southwest)
Zosha Warpeha, violin (Perpich Center for Arts Education)
Sam Worthington, bass (Moundsview)
The Combo performed at the Artists Quarter in November as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Society Young Artists Series. Other scheduled performances include the Jazz Thursdays concert in May at MacPhail and on the Youth Stage of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in June.
About the Dakota Combo
The Dakota Combo is a program of the MacPhail Center for Music, in partnership with the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education. Now in its 7th year, this all-star high school ensemble is selected each September through open auditions. Students rehearse biweekly throughout the school year with director Adam Linz, attend clinics, visit area schools, and perform at area clubs, festivals and concert halls. Past Combos have performed at the Artists Quarter, Dakota Jazz Club, Honey Lounge, Jungle Theater, MacPhail, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Burnsville Art and All That Jazz Festival, DakotaFest, Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival in Duluth, and at the Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival and Competition in New York. Both the 2009 and 2012 editions of the Combo recorded CDs of original music. Alums of the band have gone on to study jazz at the New England Conservatory, Brubeck Institute, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Berklee College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory and more.
2013.04.14 - PipJazz Sundays @ Landmark Center | Sunday, April 14th 4:00 PM
Guest Artist - Gary Schulte
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.
PipJazz Youth Artist - Zosha Warpeha
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.
Sunday, May 12th PipJazz Sundays @ Landmark Center
Guest Artist - Women In Jazz
Weyerheauser Auditorium 4 p.m.
The “Women in Jazz Ensemble” will be the guest artists for this very special Mothers’ Day PipJazz Sundays concert. The most exciting female musicians in town will play on the PipJazz Sundays stage for a Mothers Day experience you won’t forget! Purchase tickets at www.pipjazz.com .
Hostess: Pippi Ardennia
Song stylist, bandleader, composer and workshop host, innovator of music expression. Chicago native Pippi has been performing publically since she was 13 years old, and has performed at many of Chicago's historic jazz venues, including the Burning Spear, High Chaparral, Capitol Theater, Mr. Kelly's, Rosebud on Rush, Green Dolphin, and Symphony Center and more. She’s performed with Freddie Hubbard, George Freeman, Von Freeman and Billy Branch. In the Twin Cities, Pippi has performed at top venues, including the Dakota Jazz Club, FACES, Music in Mears and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.
Founder and President of the PipJazz Foundation, including the PipJazz Youth program and Pippi hosts the PipJazz Sundays concert series every second Sunday at Landmark Center in F.K Weyerhaeuser Auditorium . Pippi is a songwriter as well as a song stylist, and will release her new recording this spring. She also serves the Twin Cities Jazz Society as Vice President.
PipJazz Youth Artist: Emily Albert-Stauning
Emily, (13 years old) has been singing since she was 6 years old. Emily started out in musical theater and has continued to perform in a number of professional and semi-professional theaters, benefits and concerts around the Twin Cities. More recently, Emily has expanded her love of music to include pop and jazz under the amazing mentorship of Patty Peterson. Emily's vision in life is to use her music to make the world a better place. She most recently held The Hope For A Better Day benefit concert for the homeless and raised over $1300 dollars and 400 pounds of food for the homeless in the Twin Cities. Emily is honored and very excited to have the chance to work and learn from Pippi Ardenia, Patty Peterson and the rest of the amazing women performing at the May 12th, 2013 Women in Jazz concert.
Guest Artists Bios
Vocalist, college instructor and bandleader. Born in Memphis, Debbie grew up in Detroit, where her parents surrounded her with their favorite jazz, gospel, folk, and classical recordings. Although she majored in flute at Wayne State University, Debbie also studied voice, earning a regular club gig and recording back-up vocals for Mitch Ryder and Bob Segar. After working in LA, Debbie relocated to the Twin Cities in the mid 80s, winning many Minnesota Music Awards as well as the MMA’s first award as “Perpetually Outstanding Performer.” Debbie’s performance resume includes opening for Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Stephane Grappelli; releasing five recordings; appearing in productions at the Ordway and Capri Theater; and headlining at the Dakota, Artists Quarter and more. She also teaches at McNally Smith College of Music.
Drummer, percussionist, composer, instructor. An accomplished percussionist, Sheila earned a BA in Business Management at Bethel College, and has fifteen years experience as an executive recruiter in the New York City area. She has performed with long list of jazz artists, including Tom Harrell, Byron Stripling, Marlena Shaw, Carol Sloane, Norman Simmons, and Virginia Mayhew, and as part of the Duke Ellington Legacy Band. Sheila has taught privately and performed primarily in the NYC area since 1999.
Guitarist, bassist, mandolinist, composer, college instructor. Joan started out on piano growing up in Nebraska, and moved on to ukulele and then guitar at age 11. A classical guitar major in college, she picked up the bass in order to form a rock band, switching from electric to upright while living in Kansas City to participate more fully in the area jazz scene. Now head of the Jazz Studies Department at the University of St. Thomas, Joan is also a guitar and bass instructor at St. Catherine’s University, director of the MacJazz Workshop at Macalester College, and a roster artist for the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also appears frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra as a classical mandolinist. Joan is particularly known for performing and composing Brazilian style music. Over the years she has developed her personal fusion of the African, European and Amerindian traditions that define the soul of Brazilian music, releasing recordings of classic and original music with Lucia Newell, Laura Caviani and Clea Galhano.
Mary Louise Knutson
Pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor. A graduate of Lawrence University Conservatory, Mary Louise has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Slide Hampton, Richie Cole, Kevin Mahogany, Nicholas Payton, Mike Stern, Ernie Watts, Michael Bolton, and Jordin Sparks; she toured with Debbie Duncan and, since spring 2012, with Doc Severinsen and his Big Band. She appears regularly with the JazzMN Orchestra and her own trio, recently releasing her second CD, In the Bubble. A former instructor at Carleton College, Mary Louise frequently conducts workshops and master classes as well as maintaining a private instruction studio.
Saxophonist, composer, bandleader, high school band director. Kari earned her BA in Saxophone Performance at Moorhead State, studied composition at the U of M, and received her MM in Music Education at the U of M Duluth. She’s been the band director and music educator in St Paul Schools since 1999, currently at Humboldt High School. In addition to teaching, Kari keeps busy leading her own band and playing in the Roxxy Hall Band and Nova Classic Jazz Orchestra. She is a prolific composer and recipient of a 2011 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to compose a concert and CD of original jazz, which premiered last spring at Hamline University.
Vocalist, KBEM radio host, and bandleader. Patty grew up surrounded by music as the daughter of musicians Willie and Jeanne Arland Peterson, and one of five musician siblings. Performing from Minneapolis to the West Coast, Patty has received 7 Minnesota Music Awards, released four recordings to date, and has worked extensively as a studio musician and voice-over artist. She currently hosts Play Room on KBEM Radio and performs frequently at the Artists Quarter, Dakota, Bunkers and more. Patty serves on the Board of the Twin Cities Jazz Society.
Sunday, June 9th - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Guest Artist - John Penny
Weyerheauser Auditorium 4 p.m.
Guitarist - Composer - vocalist: John Penny
As a music producer, John produced "A Lifetime of Jazz" for late trumpet player Gene Adams. The promotion for that project led to the birth of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 1997 in association with Hot Springs Records. John has played on stage, studio, and TV with such greats as organist Captain Jack MacDuff, drummers Eric Gravatt and Bernard Purdie, modern classical composer Barbara Kolb, harmonica wizard Howard Levy, and has sessioned with monster musicians Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White. As a composer inspired early on by Euro-classical, Jazz, and world Folk forms. John has scored music for TV commercials and films to include clients Best Buy, Frito-Lay, NBC News, The Science Museum on MN and more. With a Bachelors degree in music from the U of Iowa and a graduate certicficate in MIS from Metro Stare U in Minneapolis, John is a lifetime student of guitar and composition with a desire to expand the language of music. John had the privilege of co-instructing Jazz history at the University of Iowa and has brought music technology and production seminars to Twin Cities educational institutions.
The Globafo Duo:
John's most current performance project is a drum and guitar duo that performing original music flavored with Jazz, Classical and Folk forms from around he globe.
With John Penny on guitars and Rey Rivera on drums, the group is known as Globafo (glow-bah-foe). The name is derived from the duo's passion for expressions of folk music from around the globe as a vehicle for its in-the-moment expressions of things beyond. This eclectic duo provides more sound than one may expect from a two people. With several decades of combined experience, they have ingested at least Jazz, R&B, Classical, Blues, Latino, and Folk music in their journey to the present. Both members of this duo offer their voices as instruments, or with words in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The vocal tones from this duo ride on top of a menu of dynamically charged rhythms and harmonies.
PipJazz Youth Artist - Will Kjeer
Pianist Will Kjeer is only a high school junior, but already he has built a resume that would delight most college-level musicians -- fronting his own trio at the Artists Quarter, performing in several contexts at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, sitting in with local legend Dave Karr. He also currently holds the piano chair for the Dakota Combo and Minnesota Youth Jazz Band, two of the area's "all-star" ensembles. Will attended the St Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and is now home schooled and participating in classes and ensembles at McNally Smith College of Music.
Sunday, July 14th - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Guest Artist - Louis Alemayehu
Weyerheauser Auditorium 5 p.m.
Louis Alemayehu is a writer, educator, activist, poet, father, grandfather of African and Native American heritage. He provides workshops and consultations on racism, culture, environmental justice and community building. His writing has appeared in national and international publications such as The International Process Work Journal, DRUM and the Energy Bulletin. Alemayehu is a founding member of the seminal, award winning poetry/jazz ensemble, Ancestor Energy. In 2009 the Minnesota Spoken Word Association gave Alemayehu an Urban Griot award for 30 years of excellence as a pioneering spoken word artist. In 2012 the Process Work Institute in Portland Oregon certified Louis as a “World Work Elder"
Student Artist in Residence
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.
Sunday, August 11th - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Guest Artist - Barbara LeShoure
Weyerheauser Auditorium 4 p.m.
PipJazz Summer Social!
Jazz and Social Media Come Together at the Landmark, August 11th Music lovers of all ages! On Sunday, August 11th at 4 pm in the F.K. Weyerhaueser Auditorium of historic Landmark Center, the PipJazz Sundays concert series goes SOCIAL! This is a concert that welcomes all social media devices—smart phones, tablets, whatever you got!—to help spread the excitement of a stage filled with the most talented young musicians in the Twin Cities area! Our PipJazz All-Stars and Youth Artists in Residence will hold a Social Media Summer Social as a celebratory send-off for our graduating youth artists as they head off to study music at prestigious colleges. Helping to give our young artists an appropriate Bon Voyage will be, Minnesota Blues Hall of Famer Barbara LeShoure, PipJazz founder Pippi Ardennia, and the top-notch musicians of the PipJazz Experience.
Not the usual ticketed event, for the PipJazz Summer Social we are asking for tax-deducitble donations of at least $10 or more to help support the PipJazz Youth Program! And we’re asking you to help spread the word and the joy with tweets, texts, emails and Facebook postings before and during the August 11th concert! So #pipjazz and like us on Facebook, PipJazz Sundays! On August 11th, talented young jazzers and old pros will be jamming together. This is the mission of PipJazz, to bring a new generation along through interaction with veteran musicians.
Barbara LeShoure - Guest Artist
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 - Jackson Mullett
Trumpeter Jackson Mullett graduated from Eden Prairie High School in spring 2013 and will pursue jazz studies (composition) at William Paterson University in New Jersey this fall. He started out on piano in first grade, picking up trumpet in 5th grade. Jackson’s sources of inspiration are eclectic, including Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Pat Metheny, SF Jazz Collective, and Brad Mehldau (jazz); Bach, Beethoven, Philip Glass, Lauridsen, Liszt, Bernstein, Shostakovitch, Stravinsky, Prokofev, Allegri, Gershwin, Warlock, Barber and Brahsm (classical), and Steely Dan, Radiohead and the Buena Vista Social Club (pop). His favorite recordings include Aja and Gaucho (Steely Dan), Bitches Brew, Miles Smiles, and Kind of Blue (Miles Davis), In Rainbows (Radiohead), Red Clay (Freddie Hubbard), Light as a Feather (Chick Corea), Still Life (Pat Metheny Group), and Live in Marciac and Largo (Brad Mehldau). At Eden Prairie High School, Jackson was a member of Jazz Ensemble I, a student-run combo, marching band, and pit orchestra; he was principal trumpet in concert band and led the EPHS trumpet choir and a brass quintet. During his senior year, Jackson was also a member of the Dakota Combo. “My final goal is to play jazz professionally,” says Jackson. “Jazz is my greatest passion, and being able to play jazz as a career would be amazing.”
We’ll be celebrating the graduations of our PipJazz Youth Artists in Residence: • Zosha Warpeha, violin, graduated from the Perpich Center for Arts Education and will attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. She was the first PipJazz Youth Artist in Residence. • Jack Breen, saxophone, graduated from St Paul Central High School and will attend the Lawrence Conservatory at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. • Joshua Jones, saxophone, graduated from Minneapolis Southwest High School and will attend Luther College in Decorah, IA • DeCarlo Jackson, trumpet and bass, graduated from the St Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and will attend the University of Manitoba. And we’re introducing another talented local youth artist on his way to further studies: • Jackson Mullett graduated this spring from Eden Prairie High School where he performed with his school’s jazz ensembles; he also played trumpet for the Dakota Combo in his senior year. This fall Jackson will attend William Paterson University in New Jersey where he will study jazz and composition. And we’ll be showcasing some amazing veterans of PipJazz: • Barbara LeShoure established herself among the top blues singers in her native Chicago before relocating to the Twin Cities about ten years ago. She was recently named to the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame.
In addition to the music, we’ll hear the “click, click, click” of little keyboards on your smart phones and IPads. You're gonna be emailing, Facebooking pictures, and Tweeting all about it. We're gonna pick the best of the bunch (or the best tweeter in a hat) and make you our first ever honorary PipJazzer with prizes. It’s Music, Music, Music!! Something old, something new. All of it full of energy and fun. For more information, visit www.pipjazz.com. We look forward to seeing you on August 11th at Landmark! Landmark Center is located at 75 W. 5th Street in downtown St. Paul
September 8, 2013 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Pippi Ardennia | Love So Good feature
Weyerheauser Auditorium 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 13th - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Guest Artist - Steve Kimmel
Weyerheauser Auditorium 4 p.m.
Steve Kimmel has been a major figure in the metro jazz scene. In the early 70's he played in Natural Life with Bill Peterson, had his own group, Whole Earth Rainbow and wrote music for the Nancy Hauser Dancer Co. He made several LP records then, the one for Hauser Dance sells for over a thousand among collectors today.
In the mid seventies he owned and operated the Rainbow Gallery jazz club and supported it by singing at weddings for Marsh Productions. He received grant from MN arts board for a recording he did with Richard Davis, bassist extraordinaire and managed music at the Loring Bar in the nineties. Kimmel has written several books about music, one, Sounds of The Set, is a book about how to get special sounds out of the drums. The Mpls. Public library has it. Currently Steve is bringing his vibe playing and song knowledge to the highest level he can reach.
PipJazz Youth Artist: Levi Schwartzberg
Levi Schwartzberg began studying piano in second grade, taking lessons at MacPhail Center for Music. He began mallet percussion in middle school, starting on vibes in tenth grade. He cites Herbie Hancock and the VSOP Quintet as significant sources of inspiration on piano, and Bobby Hutcherson as a favorite on vibes. His favorite aspect of jazz is improvisation. Levi plays in the Southwest High School jazz band as well as the combo, Cosmic Troubadours. With these ensembles, he has played at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Artists Quarter, and Crave as part of a live broadcast on KBEM radio. During his junior year, Levi was selected to perform with the Dakota Combo--and appeared at the Artists Quarter, MacPhail, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival and Dakota StreetFest. Levi plans to continue jazz studies at the college level after graduation next spring.
Sunday, November 10th 4 pm - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
PipJazz Youth All Star Night
A November tradition of the PipJazz Youth Program
December 8, 2013 - PipJazz Sundays at the Landmark
Guest Artist - Nicolas Carter
Weyerheauser Auditorium 4 p.m.
Nicolas Carter learned to play the harp in Paraguay, a country with a distinguished tradition of harp music. Nicolas has been performing professionally since1988 in Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Nicolas combines his passion for Latin American harp music and storytelling with a desire to promote understanding and peace in the world and his on-stage reflections often weave touching and humorous stories from his own life experiences.
PipJazz Youth Artist: Jordan Anderson
Jordan Anderson was born on July 6th, 1998. He is currently 15 years old. He currently attends Nova Classical Academy and takes music lessons at Walker West Music Academy and with Peter Schimke. He is and has been a part of the Walker West jazz band directed by Solomon Parham for 4 years. Jordan began taking piano lessons at Schmidt Music at the age of 7 and switched to Walker West at the age of 11. He currently studies jazz and classical piano. He was first called to attend PipJazz at the age of 12 and attended the Youth Jazz All Stars event at the age of 13. He has performed all over the Twin Cities with his Walker West group and by means of independent gigs. He has also attended the Eau Claire Jazz Festival for the second year in a row winning an outstanding soloist award each year.