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Chris Bates’ Magica Improvisado

February 12, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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.

As a first call bassist in the Midwest, Chris Bates has played with many wonderful musicians including Mose Allison, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Steven Bernstein, Tony Hymas, Howard Levy, Michael Attias, Anton Fier, Bill Carrothers, Joel Harrison, Eric Alexander, Tim Sparks and Dean Magraw. During the 90’s Chris played with the Motion Poets, touring nationally and releasing three albums to wide critical acclaim. Mr. Bates received a McKnight Composers Fellowship for his compositions in 1999. Chris has played on over 30 albums and brings and unbridled joy and enthusiasm to every musical situation he plays in. In Sept 2012 Chris released his first solo album ‘New Hope’ featuring all original compositions performed by the Chris Bates’ Red 5. In addition to Red 5 Chris is leading the Good Vibes trio and remains involved in several bands: Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, Framework, Enormous and Todd Clouser’s ‘A Love Electric’. Look out in 2014 for the Good Vibes album and the digital release of the fabled Grease Gun sessions feat; Jt and Chris Bates with Dave King and Anthony Cox.


Chris Bates – Bass
Jake Baldwin – Trumpet
Cory Healy – Drums
Joe Strachan – Piano





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February 12, 2014
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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407 Central Ave SE
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