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May 15 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$5 admission at the door. Doors open 15 minutes before the music starts.
Dave Graf is one of the most versatile and talented trombonists in the Twin Cities. Dave has worked in a wide range of musical settings: Dixieland, straight ahead jazz, salsa and Brazilian music, big bands, pit orchestras and recordings. He has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Jack McDuff, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, and the Woody Herman Orchestra. He has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and with the St. Paul Ragtime Orchestra, Mandala, and the Steve Wright Big Band. Dave had an eleven-year association with the late trumpeter Red Wolfe in his Port of Dixie Jazz Band and Ellington Echoes (now led by Percy Hughes). Dave also performs with the Latin ensemble Salsa Del Soul. In 2005 he released his debut recording as a leader, Just Like That on Artegra records (Click here for a Jazz Police review). In an MPR interview, fellow musician Dave Jensen had this to say about Dave Graf’s CD: “Dave has had this music pent up inside him for a long, long time, He has played on many, many, many albums by others. When people want music performed the way it should sound, they go to Dave.”