Season 2014

April 5th - Capri Theater

2027 W Broadway Avenue | Minneapolis

 

Saturday Night | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

We begin our 2014 Season with the appearance of The Dakota Combo as part of our PipJazz Youth Program. Pippi and the band are excited as we begin a new season of PipJazz.

 

Guest Artists-- The Dakota Combo

 

PipJazz is pleased to welcome the 2014 edition of the Dakota Combo, seven of the most talented high school jazz musicians in the metro area. Selected each fall through a competitive audition, the Combo is a program of the MacPhail Center for Music, supported by the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, and directed by acclaimed bassist/educator Adam Linz.

 

Over its 8-year history, the Dakota Combo has performed at area schools, the Dakota Jazz Club, Artists Quarter, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival and Charles Mingus High School Jazz Competition in New York. Graduates have gone on to study at the Berklee College of Music, Juilliard School, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and more, and earliest Combo alums are now working musicians in New York, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and the Twin Cities.

 

The Dakota Combo was the featured guest artist at the March 2013 PipJazz concert, and five students return for a second year.

 

The 2014 ensemble includes:

 

• Peter Goggin, alto saxophone (Mounds View High School, junior)

 

• Jack Courtright, trombone (Apple Valley High School, junior)

 

• Aidan Sponheim, trumpet (Minneapolis Southwest High School, junior)

 

• Levi Schwartzberg, vibraphone (Minneapolis Southwest High School, senior)

 

• Will Kjeer, piano (Home School/St Paul College PSEO, senior)

 

• Sam Worthington, bass (Mounds View High School, senior)

 

• Ben Ehrlich, drums (Wayzata High School, senior)

 

The Dakota Combo plays music primarily from the Bebop and Modern jazz repertoire including the works of Ornette Coleman and original compositions from band members. Current Combo pianist Will Kjeer also serves as PipJazz Youth Artist in Residence for 2014.

May 3rd - Maplewood Community Center

2100 White Bear Avenue | Maplewood

 

Saturday Night | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Second Annual “Women in Jazz” concert consists of presenters that include include a cross section of Twin Cities artists who will come together as a guest ensemble for this evening's concert.

 

Attention Music Students and Music Educators!  Women in Jazz Music Workshop

 

On Saturday, May 3rd, the PipJazz Foundation presents its second annual "Women In Jazz" workshop.  "Women In Jazz" workshop is sponsored in part by Bala Muziko and Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.  The "Women In Jazz" workshop is aimed at encouraging young women to seriously consider careers in jazz and jazz education.  "Women In Jazz workshop will introduce students from middle school through college to a diverse group of professional jazz musicians who will share their perspectives, challenges and strategies for building successful careers in a field still dominated by men.

 

This free workshop will be held at the Maplewood Community Center, 2:00-4:30 pm, followed by the PipJazz Live concert that will take place at 7 pm, featuring the Women in Jazz Ensemble. Students who attend the workshop will receive a free ticket to this concert. Students are encouraged to pre-register online to ensure a space in this workshop.

 

Although jazz has long been considered one of the most democratic art forms, women other than vocalists continue to be under-represented as performers, composers, arrangers, bandleaders and educators.  Although young women are significantly represented in middle and high school jazz programs, far fewer pursue jazz at the college level, and fewer still join the ranks of professional jazz musicians, educators, journalists and business agents. Yet there are increasing numbers of successful “jazz women” who serve as role models for a new generation.  Pippi Ardennia, President, Founder and Host of PipJazz received recognition by MN Women's Press Changemaker of 2013 for creating and hosting the initial "Women In Jazz" workshop in May 2013.

 

The Women in Jazz Workshop will provide a brief historical overview of women who have significantly contributed to the growth of jazz, followed by an interactive panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing women in jazz today, and end with a jam session --- students are invited to bring their instruments! (Keyboard and drumset will be available.) The panel of presenters includes a cross section of Twin Cities artists who will later come together as a guest ensemble for the evening PipJazz Live concert, also taking place at the Maplewood Community Center.

 

• Pippi Ardennia: vocalist, bandleader, composer and workshop host

 

• Patty Peterson: vocalist, KBEM 88.5 FM Radio host and bandleader

 

• Charmin Michelle: vocalist and bandleader

 

• Laura Caviani: pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor

 

• Joan Griffith: guitarist, bassist, mandolinist, composer, and college instructor

 

• LeAnn Lindgren: saxophonist, bandleader, and educator

 

• Sheila Earley: drummer, percussionist, composer, and instructor

 

• Ebonee Rainwater: Sibley High School student, saxophonist

 

This workshop is open to any student at any level of interest and experience (guys included!) in Middle School through college level. To ensure your spot, pre-registration is recommended.

 

The Maplewood Community Center is located at 2100 White Bear Ave, Maplewood.

 

This workshop is sponsored by Bela Muziko, a privately owned global recorded music and performance organization based in St. Paul.  This workshop is also sponsored and supported by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.  It is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.  Both the PipJazz Foundation and Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education are 501C3 Non-Profit organizations.

 

 

 

 

Guest Artist Bios

 

Charmin Michelle

Born in Birmingham, AL, Charmin Michelle moved to Minnesota as a young child. Although the Land of 10,000 Lakes has been home ever since, her experiences have taken her around the world, with internationally known pianists Mulgrew Miller and Kirk Lightsey, at jazz festivals throughout Europe and, most recently, on tours in Spain and France. She is often heard in duo with guitarist Joel Shapira ("Charmin and Shapira") and in an expanded ensemble (Charmin and Shapira and Friends); appears two nights per week at Fireside Pizza with pianist/accordionist Denny Malmberg; and on Sunday nights often performs at the Cinema Ballroom with the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra. Charmin also performs frequently with Doug Haining and the Twin Cities Seven. On her three solo recordings—Your Eyes (Zimboy, 1994), Destination Moon (CM, 1998), and Hot (CM, 2001), she covered tunes of Billie Holiday, the Great American Songbook, blues and bossa. On the big stage of Orchestra Hall, Charmin joined Delfeayo Marsalis in an all-star tribute to Louis Armstrong a few years ago, and appeared at the French Quarter Jazz Festival in New Orleans in 2011, where she sang with the Minneapolis South High School jazz band and sat in with Delfeayo Marsalis and Irvin Mayfield. Charmin recently toured in Spain, performed in the Black Box Theater in Bloomington with Charmin and Shapira and Friends, and joined forces with Pippi Ardennia at the Capri Theater in the revue, Girl Talk.

 

Sheila Earley

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 a 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 New York City area since 1999.

 

Joan Griffith

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. She has released recordings of classic and original music with Lucia Newell, Laura Caviani and Clea Galhano.

 

Laura Caviani

Laura Caviani received a Bachelor’s of Music in Composition from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and a Masters of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. With a grant from the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 1997, she studied with piano virtuoso JoAnne Brackeen, and was one of four American musicians selected to study in Japan at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village. Laura is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing, including appearances with Toots Thielemans, Bob Mintzer, and Dave Liebman, and touring and recording with star vocalist Karrin Allyson. As a leader she now has five acclaimed recordings to her credit and a long list of supporting roles with local musicians. Recent projects include her tributes to Horace Silver and Thelonious Monk; Soul Café with guitarist Steve Blons and saxman Brad Holden; Pete Whitman’s Xtet; her cross-genre Alec Wilder project; and appearances with vocalists Prudence Johnson and Lucia Newell, and guitarist Joan Griffith. Recently, Laura has performed “From Bach to Bop” – jazz arrangements of favorite classical works-- at a number of venues including the Artists Quarter and Hopkins Center for the Arts. Currently she is on the music faculties of Carleton College and St. Olaf College in Northfield and is a frequent instructor at the Shell Lake Arts Center.

 

LeAnn Lindgren

Perhaps best known in Latin music circles, thanks to long stints with the bands Salsa Blanca, Latin Sounds Orchestra, Salsa del Soul and Nachito Herrera's Puro Cubano, LeAnn Lindgren enjoys playing a variety of styles. Straight ahead jazz, blues, classic R & B, avant big band--- LeAnn has done it. Since the early 1980's Lindgren has been performing and working as a music educator in the Twin Cities.

 

Patty Peterson

Vocalist, KBEM 88.5 FM 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 seven 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 88.5 FM Radio and performs frequently at the Artists Quarter, Dakota, Bunkers and more.

 

PipJazz Youth Artist:

 

Ebonee Rainwater

A Henry Sibley High School junior, Ebonee’s exposure to the world of music began early on in her life. After being dragged to her older brother's concerts over the years, something finally clicked in her mind. No longer were these concerts boring, lethargic assemblies to her. Now, they were moving pieces of art, and her brother’s passion for it made it all the more magical. “Looking back, that’s probably the best thing about music for me—that feeling you get when pieces that are so different come together to make something truly amazing," says Ebonee. "I only wish I would have realized it sooner.” Following in her brother’s footsteps, Ebonee joined band, playing the very same instrument that he initially played: the Alto Saxophone. She is currently a junior in Henry Sibley’s Wind Ensemble and alternates between Alto Saxophone and Bass Clarinet—one of the instruments she picked up this year. Ebonee has also been a member of her school’s Winter Drumline and Jazz Band.

 

Dec 13th - Maplewood Community Center

2100 White Bear Avenue | Maplewood

 

Saturday Night | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

PipJazz Youth Artisit:

Charlie Lincoln

 

Charlie Lincoln is a 17-year old bassist born and raised in Minneapolis, and now a senior at South High School. Inspired by his uncle, Joey Spampinato, bassist of rock group NRBQ, Charlie began playing electric bass in elementary school, eventually transitioning to the upright bass in middle school. He first made himself known to many in the local jazz community when, last May, he was hand-picked by legendary jazz drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner) as the bassist for Gravatt's show in Minneapolis.

 

He has been fortunate enough to work with the likes of Rufus Reid, Richard Davis, John Clayton, François Rabbath and more. He studies regularly with Minneapolis bassist, Tom Pieper. Charlie is an avid composer, regularly writing original pieces to play with his groups. He currently plays with the Dakota Combo, Minnesota Youth Jazz Band 1, South High Jazz 1, South High Chamber Orchestra, and electronic group Yardang, as well as frequently playing around town with various permutations of friends. After high school, Charlie plans to attend college to pursue a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies.

Nov 22nd - Maplewood Community Center

2100 White Bear Avenue | Maplewood

 

Saturday Night | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Our November tradition of featuring our youth performers from this and past seasons

 

 

April 5th - Capri Theater

2027 W Broadway Avenue | Minneapolis

 

Saturday Night | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

We begin our 2014 Season with the appearance of The Dakota Combo as part of our PipJazz Youth Program. Pippi and the band are excited as we begin a new season of PipJazz.

 

Guest Artists-- The Dakota Combo

 

PipJazz is pleased to welcome the 2014 edition of the Dakota Combo, seven of the most talented high school jazz musicians in the metro area. Selected each fall through a competitive audition, the Combo is a program of the MacPhail Center for Music, supported by the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, and directed by acclaimed bassist/educator Adam Linz.

 

Over its 8-year history, the Dakota Combo has performed at area schools, the Dakota Jazz Club, Artists Quarter, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival and Charles Mingus High School Jazz Competition in New York. Graduates have gone on to study at the Berklee College of Music, Juilliard School, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and more, and earliest Combo alums are now working musicians in New York, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and the Twin Cities.

 

The Dakota Combo was the featured guest artist at the March 2013 PipJazz concert, and five students return for a second year.

 

The 2014 ensemble includes:

 

• Peter Goggin, alto saxophone (Mounds View High School, junior)

 

• Jack Courtright, trombone (Apple Valley High School, junior)

 

• Aidan Sponheim, trumpet (Minneapolis Southwest High School, junior)

 

• Levi Schwartzberg, vibraphone (Minneapolis Southwest High School, senior)

 

• Will Kjeer, piano (Home School/St Paul College PSEO, senior)

 

• Sam Worthington, bass (Mounds View High School, senior)

 

• Ben Ehrlich, drums (Wayzata High School, senior)

 

The Dakota Combo plays music primarily from the Bebop and Modern jazz repertoire including the works of Ornette Coleman and original compositions from band members. Current Combo pianist Will Kjeer also serves as PipJazz Youth Artist in Residence for 2014.

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May 3rd - Maplewood Community Center

2100 White Bear Avenue | Maplewood

 

Saturday Night | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Second Annual “Women in Jazz” concert consists of presenters that include include a cross section of Twin Cities artists who will come together as a guest ensemble for this evening's concert.

 

Attention Music Students and Music Educators!  Women in Jazz Music Workshop

 

On Saturday, May 3rd, the PipJazz Foundation presents its second annual "Women In Jazz" workshop.  "Women In Jazz" workshop is sponsored in part by Bala Muziko and Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.  The "Women In Jazz" workshop is aimed at encouraging young women to seriously consider careers in jazz and jazz education.  "Women In Jazz workshop will introduce students from middle school through college to a diverse group of professional jazz musicians who will share their perspectives, challenges and strategies for building successful careers in a field still dominated by men.

 

This free workshop will be held at the Maplewood Community Center, 2:00-4:30 pm, followed by the PipJazz Live concert that will take place at 7 pm, featuring the Women in Jazz Ensemble. Students who attend the workshop will receive a free ticket to this concert. Students are encouraged to pre-register online to ensure a space in this workshop.

 

Although jazz has long been considered one of the most democratic art forms, women other than vocalists continue to be under-represented as performers, composers, arrangers, bandleaders and educators.  Although young women are significantly represented in middle and high school jazz programs, far fewer pursue jazz at the college level, and fewer still join the ranks of professional jazz musicians, educators, journalists and business agents. Yet there are increasing numbers of successful “jazz women” who serve as role models for a new generation.  Pippi Ardennia, President, Founder and Host of PipJazz received recognition by MN Women's Press Changemaker of 2013 for creating and hosting the initial "Women In Jazz" workshop in May 2013.

 

The Women in Jazz Workshop will provide a brief historical overview of women who have significantly contributed to the growth of jazz, followed by an interactive panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing women in jazz today, and end with a jam session --- students are invited to bring their instruments! (Keyboard and drumset will be available.) The panel of presenters includes a cross section of Twin Cities artists who will later come together as a guest ensemble for the evening PipJazz Live concert, also taking place at the Maplewood Community Center.

 

• Pippi Ardennia: vocalist, bandleader, composer and workshop host

 

• Patty Peterson: vocalist, KBEM 88.5 FM Radio host and bandleader

 

• Charmin Michelle: vocalist and bandleader

 

• Laura Caviani: pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor

 

• Joan Griffith: guitarist, bassist, mandolinist, composer, and college instructor

 

• LeAnn Lindgren: saxophonist, bandleader, and educator

 

• Sheila Earley: drummer, percussionist, composer, and instructor

 

• Ebonee Rainwater: Sibley High School student, saxophonist

 

This workshop is open to any student at any level of interest and experience (guys included!) in Middle School through college level. To ensure your spot, pre-registration is recommended.

 

The Maplewood Community Center is located at 2100 White Bear Ave, Maplewood.

 

This workshop is sponsored by Bela Muziko, a privately owned global recorded music and performance organization based in St. Paul.  This workshop is also sponsored and supported by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.  It is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.  Both the PipJazz Foundation and Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education are 501C3 Non-Profit organizations.

 

 

 

 

Guest Artist Bios

 

Charmin Michelle

Born in Birmingham, AL, Charmin Michelle moved to Minnesota as a young child. Although the Land of 10,000 Lakes has been home ever since, her experiences have taken her around the world, with internationally known pianists Mulgrew Miller and Kirk Lightsey, at jazz festivals throughout Europe and, most recently, on tours in Spain and France. She is often heard in duo with guitarist Joel Shapira ("Charmin and Shapira") and in an expanded ensemble (Charmin and Shapira and Friends); appears two nights per week at Fireside Pizza with pianist/accordionist Denny Malmberg; and on Sunday nights often performs at the Cinema Ballroom with the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra. Charmin also performs frequently with Doug Haining and the Twin Cities Seven. On her three solo recordings—Your Eyes (Zimboy, 1994), Destination Moon (CM, 1998), and Hot (CM, 2001), she covered tunes of Billie Holiday, the Great American Songbook, blues and bossa. On the big stage of Orchestra Hall, Charmin joined Delfeayo Marsalis in an all-star tribute to Louis Armstrong a few years ago, and appeared at the French Quarter Jazz Festival in New Orleans in 2011, where she sang with the Minneapolis South High School jazz band and sat in with Delfeayo Marsalis and Irvin Mayfield. Charmin recently toured in Spain, performed in the Black Box Theater in Bloomington with Charmin and Shapira and Friends, and joined forces with Pippi Ardennia at the Capri Theater in the revue, Girl Talk.

 

Sheila Earley

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 a 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 New York City area since 1999.

 

Joan Griffith

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. She has released recordings of classic and original music with Lucia Newell, Laura Caviani and Clea Galhano.

 

Laura Caviani

Laura Caviani received a Bachelor’s of Music in Composition from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and a Masters of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. With a grant from the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 1997, she studied with piano virtuoso JoAnne Brackeen, and was one of four American musicians selected to study in Japan at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village. Laura is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing, including appearances with Toots Thielemans, Bob Mintzer, and Dave Liebman, and touring and recording with star vocalist Karrin Allyson. As a leader she now has five acclaimed recordings to her credit and a long list of supporting roles with local musicians. Recent projects include her tributes to Horace Silver and Thelonious Monk; Soul Café with guitarist Steve Blons and saxman Brad Holden; Pete Whitman’s Xtet; her cross-genre Alec Wilder project; and appearances with vocalists Prudence Johnson and Lucia Newell, and guitarist Joan Griffith. Recently, Laura has performed “From Bach to Bop” – jazz arrangements of favorite classical works-- at a number of venues including the Artists Quarter and Hopkins Center for the Arts. Currently she is on the music faculties of Carleton College and St. Olaf College in Northfield and is a frequent instructor at the Shell Lake Arts Center.

 

LeAnn Lindgren

Perhaps best known in Latin music circles, thanks to long stints with the bands Salsa Blanca, Latin Sounds Orchestra, Salsa del Soul and Nachito Herrera's Puro Cubano, LeAnn Lindgren enjoys playing a variety of styles. Straight ahead jazz, blues, classic R & B, avant big band--- LeAnn has done it. Since the early 1980's Lindgren has been performing and working as a music educator in the Twin Cities.

 

Patty Peterson

Vocalist, KBEM 88.5 FM 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 seven 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 88.5 FM Radio and performs frequently at the Artists Quarter, Dakota, Bunkers and more.

 

PipJazz Youth Artist:

 

Ebonee Rainwater

A Henry Sibley High School junior, Ebonee’s exposure to the world of music began early on in her life. After being dragged to her older brother's concerts over the years, something finally clicked in her mind. No longer were these concerts boring, lethargic assemblies to her. Now, they were moving pieces of art, and her brother’s passion for it made it all the more magical. “Looking back, that’s probably the best thing about music for me—that feeling you get when pieces that are so different come together to make something truly amazing," says Ebonee. "I only wish I would have realized it sooner.” Following in her brother’s footsteps, Ebonee joined band, playing the very same instrument that he initially played: the Alto Saxophone. She is currently a junior in Henry Sibley’s Wind Ensemble and alternates between Alto Saxophone and Bass Clarinet—one of the instruments she picked up this year. Ebonee has also been a member of her school’s Winter Drumline and Jazz Band.

 

Dec 13th - Maplewood Community Center

2100 White Bear Avenue | Maplewood

 

Saturday Night | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

PipJazz Youth Artisit:

Charlie Lincoln

 

Charlie Lincoln is a 17-year old bassist born and raised in Minneapolis, and now a senior at South High School. Inspired by his uncle, Joey Spampinato, bassist of rock group NRBQ, Charlie began playing electric bass in elementary school, eventually transitioning to the upright bass in middle school. He first made himself known to many in the local jazz community when, last May, he was hand-picked by legendary jazz drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner) as the bassist for Gravatt's show in Minneapolis.

 

He has been fortunate enough to work with the likes of Rufus Reid, Richard Davis, John Clayton, François Rabbath and more. He studies regularly with Minneapolis bassist, Tom Pieper. Charlie is an avid composer, regularly writing original pieces to play with his groups. He currently plays with the Dakota Combo, Minnesota Youth Jazz Band 1, South High Jazz 1, South High Chamber Orchestra, and electronic group Yardang, as well as frequently playing around town with various permutations of friends. After high school, Charlie plans to attend college to pursue a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies.