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No Room For Squares
February 19 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 general admission, $5 for students with ID & musicians with instruments. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
No Room For Squares has been a fixture at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival the past three years. It’s a classic bop quartet comprised of veteran Twin Cities jazz musicians who have played in the top jazz ensembles since the 1970s.
No Room For Squares is led by drummer Bill Stieger, who has drummed on the Twin Cities scene for 40 years. He’s noted for having played with Eddie Berger and the Jazz All Stars, the Irv Williams Quartet, The Bees Knees Band, Jack McDuff, Cornbread Harris and the sextet that was an early ‘90s Saturday night mainstay at the Dakota Bar & Grill, Size Six.
Pianist Mikkel Romstad has back the top area bandleaders for over four decades. He’s played with Irv Williams, Morris Wilson, George Avaloz, and Jerry Hubbard. Mikkel’s longest association was as pianist for Eddie Berger and the Jazz All Stars, who held forth Sunday evenings at the Artist’s Quarter for over 20 years.
Tenor Saxophonist Jimmy Wallace enjoys a reputation as one of the most imaginative and swinging tenor saxophonists in the Midwest. He learned his trade in the rhythm and blues territory bands that traveled the Midwest and beyond. Tenor Saxophonist Morris Wilson introduced Jimmy to the intricacies of jazz saxophone, and Jimmy has gone on to play with Carei Thomas, Size Six, Tony Moreno, Cornbread Harris, Archie Shepp, Sonny Simmons.
On bass will be guest star Charlie Lincoln, who, despite his youth, enjoys a sterling reputation as one of the region’s finest bassists. Charlie, who has just finished his sophomore year at Berklee College of Music (on full scholarship) has played with top area drummer/bandleaders Eric Gravatt, Babatunde Lea, and Davu Seru. He’s performed at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and recently completed a tour of China and Southeast Asia with Abacus. Look for Charlie Lincoln to become bassist of international reputation.
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.