The Bad Plus, two nights at The Jazz Estate

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December 19th and 20th
The Jazz Estate

Show times are 8pm and 10pm
Tickets are $35
15 Front Row seats will be available at $45
Doors will be open 25mins before each show

At a capacity of 62, The Jazz Estate is known and loved for its intimate and literally in your face performances. That said, these shows will sell out fast and seats are assigned in order of purchase.

Box Office hours are Monday and Wednesday 12-5
414-964-9923...if you call outside of Box Office hours we will return your call.

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The Bad Plus' 10th studio recording, Inevitable Western, sees bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King further honing the same conceptual base that fired their inception. Yet again they continue to explore myriad musical forms born of jazz along with any sonic source that forwards music that is uniquely The Bad Plus. Inevitable Western is an album where pop, blues, and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses.



Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

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Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center

With Wynton Marsalis & Special Guest Cécile McLorin Salvant

Monday, December 1st, 2014, 7:30pm
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
TDD 414-273-3080
1.888.612.3500 (Toll Free)
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns to Uihlein Hall on Monday, December 1 along with vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant! Don’t miss this one-night-only performance featuring Big Band Holiday music! 
Hailed as "an extraordinarily versatile orchestra" by The Los Angeles Times, the JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA is composed of 15 of jazz music's leading soloists under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis. Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Mr. Marsalis, Ted Nash, and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts are internationally critically-acclaimed. "The finest big band in the world today," said the Daily Telegraph, UK.
In his article in The New York Times, critic Stephen Holden listed some of the virtues of McLorin Salvant’s singing: “perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, a supple sense of swing, exquisite taste in songs and phrasing, and a deep connection to lyrics.” Her musical skills are considerable, but they are matched by an interpretive ability that is almost more akin to an actor’s than a singer’s. She draws out the story hidden inside the song, and can draw on the elements of her own personality and a full gamut of emotional stances—from the darkly troubling to the richly comic—in bringing lyrics to life.

Peter Bernstein with the We Six Trio

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November 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

| $25

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein (b. 1967, New York City) has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 80 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has released nine albums and a DVD, Live at Smoke.

This night will be full of jazz tunes that you have been waiting and longing to hear. Purchase tickets by calling 414-276-5760 or clicking by here.

Visit Peter’s website.

Headliner Tickets:

$35 – Premium Reserved Seating

$25 – General Admission


Atlantis Quartet at The Jazz Estate

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Atlantis Quartet

Friday, November 21
Jazz Estate
$8 cover

Atlantis Quartet has been a leading voice in the Twin Cities burgeoning modern jazz scene since its inception in 2006. Featuring four of Minnesota’s most celebrated composer / improvisers in saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Zacc Harris, drummer Pete Hennig, and bassist Chris Bates, their blend of complexity and accessibility has proven a perfect fit for all listeners. Recent highlights have included headlining the opening night of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2014 and the release of their fourth album ‘Expansion’ in 2013. Atlantis was named best jazz artist by the Star Tribune in 2012 and City Pages in 2011, who said, “No jazz band is on the prowl both creatively and in gaining national recognition quite like Atlantis Quartet… Each player’s ideas and strengths seem to infiltrate the others’ consciousness, so the music evolves as a constantly shifting mosaic of textures, rhythmic patterns and tonal colors. This is a band with limitless future.”

The group has produced four albums in total, each to critical acclaim. Of the band’s second album, ‘Animal Progress’, JazzTimes Magazine stated, “Twin Cities modern jazz renegades shift nimbly from a punk-jazz aesthetic to ECM-ish sensitivity on their intriguing sophomore release. Saxophonist Brandon Wozniak joins guitarist Zacc Harris on the frontline. Both strong improvisers are supported by the flexible rhythm tandem of upright bassist Chris Bates and drummer Pete Hennig on material that ranges from grungy and audacious (“Verge,” “Eastern Horizon,” “Bottles ‘N’ Cans”) to lyrical and evocative (“Look Out Your Window,” “Albatross”), freeboppish (“Meltdown,” “Red Headphones”), meditative (“Ballad for Ray”) and swinging (“Radio Games”). Startlingly original stuff.”

Collectively, the group has worked with many of the biggest names in jazz, both past and present, including Dave King (Bad Plus), Eric Gravatt (Weather Report), Ben Wendel (Kneebody), Babatunde Lea, Tony Hymas, Walter Smith III, Francesco Mela, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Jon Weber, and more.

This short tour is leading up to the group recording a live album on November 24 at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN. This live album will be released on Shifting Paradigm Records in 2015. The band has a precedent of recording a live album following a tour. In 2011, Atlantis Quartet toured out to the east coast, playing three nights in NYC with dates along the way, leading up to the recording of its first live album, and third overall release, Lines In the Sand, which was named in the Top 14 albums of 2011 by the City Pages.