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June 19 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
About Now is a collaborative project between two of the most prominent emerging talents from the Twin Cities jazz scene Will Kjeer and Ben Ehrlich with the established veterans Pete Whitman and Graydon Peterson This will be the first public performance of this quartet. All the performers are known for their ability to play in the moment, reflecting the tradition of such jazz icons as John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Duke Ellington at the same time willing to follow the Muse wherever it may lead!
Saxophonist Pete Whitman has performed with such distinguished jazz artists such as Jack McDuff, Curtis Fuller, Dave Stryker and the Woody Herman Orchestra. He also performs with the eclectic fusion ensemble Mississippi and frequently performs with his own quartet in the area. Whitman has recorded extensively as a sideman and has three CD’s under his name: Departure Point (Igmod Records), The Sound of Water (Artegra), and Where’s When (Artegra). Two of his most recent recording projects include Mississippi (Shifting Paradigm Records) and Changes We Can Believe In by the Pete Whitman/Chris Olson Quintet (Bandcamp).
Will Kjeer is a pianist and composer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. With a love for many musical styles and a deep background in jazz and classical music, he has performed throughout North America at venues such as the Twin Cities and Iowa jazz festivals, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Upstairs Jazz Club in Montreal, Quebec. Will is an alumni of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program, as well as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.
Bassist Graydon Peterson is one of the backbones of the jazz scene in the Twin Cities. Known as a guy who excels at many styles, Graydon has played with the Twin Cities’ top jazz singers and modern jazz groups, and has toured around the United States. He’s a top-call player who up until now, has been content hanging out in the shadows. Well, Graydon grabbed the pen and paper and what emerged were weird time signatures, beautiful melodies and hard grooves. Graydon’s tunes evoke a wide variety of emotions and energies, stretching what we know as “modern jazz” to it’s limit.
Drummer Ben Ehrlich is heavily influenced by the music of Brian Blade, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane, as well as Minnesota natives Dave King (The Bad Plus), and Eric Gravatt (Weather Report). He has gained extensive performance experience with a wide variety of artists, such as national act Ian Kimmel and the Heard, the Texas Blues Crew, Sound Skirmish, and the Ben Ehrlich Trio and Quintet. Ben has performed at the Dakota Jazz Club, the Varsity Theater, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.
$10 admission. $5 with student ID. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
Presented by Pete Whitman
About Wednesday New Boundaries:
Jazz Central Studios becomes a veritable laboratory for new compositions and jazz experiments presented by stalwarts of the local jazz community.