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Chris Bates’ Magica Improvisada

June 10, 2015 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Chris Bates Jazz Central Studios

A monthly feature at JCS, bassist Chris Bates and a round table of friends perform original compositions and collective improvisations.

I’ve been leading the charge every 2nd Wednesday of the month down at Jazz Central Studios. I like the adventure of playing with different combinations of musicians. Each person inspires and challenges me to take the music farther than I imagined. I have purposely chosen to collaborate with people outside of the regular bands I play in so that the music can go someplace new every time. I love the steady bands I play in but I also think it’s important for the artistic process to find new paths to tread so when I come back and walk through my old neighborhood I feel like I’m seeing it with fresh eyes. Magica Improvisado aims to harness that initial spontaneous groove that musicians find and ride it to new heights! Come and explore with us in this informal setting. – Chris Bates

Beginning on the upright bass in 4th grade Chris Bates has been on a lifelong journey of musical discovery. Chris spent over 15 years studying the instrument with noted classical pedagogue James Clute of the Minnesota Orchestra and reknowned jazz bassist Anthony Cox. Self taught on the electric bass Chris has always pushed himself to explore new musical styles from around the world and has blossomed into a very creative and supportive bassist. Raised on a healthy dose of big band jazz and progressive rock Chris’ chameleonic playing has evolved to encompass reggae, funk, country, folk, jazz and classical music. Whether playing a complex multi meter jazz work or grooving on the root 5 of a traditional country song Chris’s sound and feel provides the proper support for any situation.

This month Magica Improvisado reimagines the music of Jimi Hendrix, The Bee Gees, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Lennon & McCartney and others.

Chris Bates – Bass
Chris Olson – Guitar
Adrian Suarez – Drums


June 10, 2015
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Jazz Central Studios
407 Central Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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