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September 25, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$5 admission at the door. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
Together with musical compatriots Mac Santiago (drums), Ted Godbout (piano) and Matt Peterson (bass), we’ll be exploring some of the music of Gary McFarland. Mr. McFarland was considered a genius by many of his colleagues, and he was prominent on the jazz scene in the 1960s, contributing many “orchestral jazz” scores. Mr. McFarland created a monumental album with Bill Evans the pianist in 1963. Mr. McFarland’s music was emotionally subtle and complex, while retaining simplicity in form. In 1971, at the age of 38, he was considering moving into film and television work when he died after someone poisoned his drink with methadone in a New York City bar.
Doug Haining is one of the most swinging of area sax and clarinet players, citing the influence of Johnny Hodges. Doug has been delighting audiences for over three decades, working in local bands including The Wolverines Big Band, The Mouldy Figs, Red Wolfe’s Ellington Echoes, the Hall Brothers Band, the JazzMn Big Band, and many others. He has also backed many national performers such as Steve Allen, Don Rickles, Aretha Franklin, and The Temptations, and has played for dozens of theatrical shows such as South Pacific,West Side Story, Cats, Chicago, A Christmas Story and others. Much of Haining’s musical energy goes into leading his two bands. The smaller septet, The Twin Cities Seven (http://www.tcseven.com), was founded in 1998 and plays in the tradition of the great small bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. In 2012 Doug teamed up with Scott Agster to form the Explosion Big Band, (http://www.explosionbigband.com) a 17 piece big band with a contagious repertoire of Basie, Ellington, Thad Jones, and many more contemporary composers’ works.
Doug Haining – Saxophone
Ted Godbout – Piano
Matt Peterson – Bass
Mac Santiago – Drums
About the Monday Featured Artist:
JCS invites a local jazz masters to play and direct new collaborations.
This performance is followed by a traditional jam session hosted by the featured artist. Novice and experienced, are invited to play and hone their skills.