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Sarah M. Greer, Steven Hobert, Matt Peterson and Rodney Ruckus
April 5 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$10 admission. $5 with student ID.
This Wednesday, Sarah M. Greer, Steven Hobert, Matt Peterson and Rodney Ruckus take the stage at Jazz Central to present a series of standards, new songs and improvisations.
Sarah M. Greer – Vocals
Steven Hobert – Keys
Matt Peterson – Bass
Rodney Ruckus – Drums
An adventurous improviser and musician, Sarah M. Greer draws from a diverse range of standard and contemporary tunes, using improvisation to expand harmonies and tell stories. With funds from the MN State arts board, she is at work on an album of original jazz songs. She will introduce some of these songs during this show.
Steven Hobert describes himself as a soul who plays, sings and dances while exploring life’s mysteries. His genre-blending piano, accordion and vocal music has been described as “delightful, innovative and viscerally inspiring” that “dazzles audiences with sincerity and playfulness to open up hearts and fire imaginations.” Based out of Minneapolis, he plays in a duet with Dean Magraw, tours as a soloist, leads the world beat-driven ensemble FireFlyForest, leads the Steven Hobert (jazz) Quartet and works as a free-lance producer, composer and instrumentalist for countless shows with vocalists & ensembles in jazz, classical, world music fusion, sacred music and American roots music.
Matt Peterson’s unique melodic and rhythmic approach to playing the bass has made him an important fixture on the Twin Cities jazz scene. He regularly plays with the Zacc Harris Trio, the Jazz Central house rhythm section, the Jana Nyberg Group, the Twin Cities Hot Club and Robert Bell’s Hot Swing Combo. When not playing with these groups, Peterson stays busy freelancing around the Twin Cities with many of the areas top players. Peterson is also a music educator – teaching elementary K-5 aged students in the Edina Public Schools.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Rodney Ruckus was selected as drummer for The Grammys in the Schools Foundation and received an Art Blakey Jazz Messengers Presidential Scholarship to the McNally Smith College of Music. He’s performed recently with the Solomon Parham-Steve Kenny Quintet at the 2016 Winter Jazz Festival, with the Steve Kenny Quartet on Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, and with Anthony Cox’s Free Range Quartet at the Black Dog, as well as in several ensembles at Jazz Central Studios. He has also appeared with Solomon Parham at The Bedlam.