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Julian Manzara & Graydon Peterson
July 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Standards and originals by guitarist/vocalist Julian Manzara and bassist Graydon Peterson.
Julian Manzara is a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader based in Minneapolis, MN. He performs under his own name as a solo performer, duo, trio, and quartet and is also a founding member of the band Yesterdawn. In 2017, Manzara received a commission from the Cedar Cultural Center to present his project Lineage. He has attended Berklee College of Music and graduated from McNally Smith College of Music. For more info, check out www.julianmanzara.com
Bassist Graydon Peterson completed his bachelor’s degree in music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied classical bass with James Clute, a former bassist with the Minnesota Orchestra. While Graydon was a member of the Down Beat award-winning UWEC Jazz Ensemble I, he performed with such guest jazz artists as Lewis Nash, Ingrid Jensen, Jason Marsalis, and Chris Botti. Now a resident of Minneapolis, Graydon is one of the area’s top-call bassists, performing nightly with a variety of vocalists and small ensembles including Debbie Duncan, Arne Fogel, Firebell, Snowblind, Adam Meckler Quintet, Charanga Tropical, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Tropical Zone Orchestra, Adam Meckler Orchestra and his own Graydon Peterson Quartet. Graydon has accompanied world renowned jazz drummer Francisco Mela for a series of concerts in Havana Cuba, some of which were held at the International jazz festival there. A consummate accompanist, writer and arranger, he has become one of the backbones of the jazz scene in the twin cities.