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Larry McDonough Quartet: Time Again – Brubeck and Desmond Reimagined
July 8, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 general admission, $5 for students with ID & musicians with instruments. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
The Larry McDonough Quartet will perform timeless Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond pieces in different time signatures than those of Brubeck and Desmond, along with Larry McDonough odd-metered originals.
60 years ago in 1959, the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded “Time Out”, an album of uncommon meters for jazz. Featuring “Blue Rondo à la Turk” in a Turkish 9/8 written by Brubeck and “Take 5″ in 5/4 written by Desmond, the album rose to No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart. “Time Out” was the first jazz album to sell more than a million copies. The single, “Take Five”, also sold more than a million. It was the first in a series of uncommon meter recordings by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, including “Time Further Out: Miro Reflections” (1961), “Countdown-Time in Outer Space” (1962), “Time Changes” (1963), and “Time In” (1966). While Brubeck pioneered odd-meter jazz, few have followed his lead. Occasional performance of odd-meter jazz usually is just a novelty.
The Larry McDonough Quartet will present several pieces from the Dave Brubeck Quartet catalog, but in different meters than the originals, including:
• “Blue Rondo à la Turk” in 5/4,
• “Take 5″ as a 7/4 reggae and renamed “Take 7″ (recorded on the 2017 LMQ two-CD set “Alice in Stonehenge and other AcoustElectric Adventures”),
• “Three to Get Ready” in 5/4 and renamed “Five to Get Ready,”
• “Audrey” in 11/4, and
• “In Your Own Sweet Way” in Latin and swing 7/4.
LMQ also will present new and old Larry McDonough uncommon meter originals in 3/4, 5/4, 7/4, 9/4 (5/4+4/4) , and 12/4 (7/4+5/4).
The Larry McDonough Quartet
Larry McDonough is a St. Paul jazz pianist and singer, performing around the world and recording with his group the Larry McDonough Quartet as well as solo, and in duos and trios. He has performed with legendary saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, Trombonist Fred Wesley, and trumpeter Duane Eubanks, as well as a who’s who of local jazz artists, and was inducted into the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame for his work in the group Danny’s Reasons. He has released nine CDs and DVDs as a leader. Alice in Stonehenge and other AcoustElectric Adventures has played on radio stations and streaming services around the world. The CD charted #18 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Jazz Album Chart. Simple Gifts reached number 29 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and also has been played on hundreds of stations around the country and throughout the world. He also is a lawyer and law professor selected by William Mitchell College of Law as one of “100 Who Made a Difference” over the 100-year history of the school. Larry directs pro bono legal services for the poor at Dorsey & Whitney.
Richard Terrill, sax player and Minnesota State University Mankato English Professor, received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry for his poetry compilation “Coming Late to Rachmaninoff” (University of Tampa Press, 2003). Richard has been performing with Larry McDonough since December 2001. He also has performed with guitarist Jim McGuire and with Chaz Draper’s Uptown Jazz Quartet. As a college student, Richard was a member of the award-winning University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble and performed with later-to-be Pat Metheny keyboardist Lyle Mays in the Lyle Mays Quartet, winner of small group honors at the Midwest College Jazz Festival. He has also worked with pianist Geoff Keezer. Richard is a retired English professor from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Bassist Greg Stinson plays in several bands around the Twin Cities. He has been the bass player in the Century College Jazz Ensemble for more than 25 years. He also plays in the CC Septet, Shorn Hortz Quintet, Paul Berger Trio, the St. Croix Jazz Ensemble, and regularly subs with the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Classic Big Band, and Cedar Avenue Big Band. Greg spent many years playing saxophones, guitar, bass, and vocals in jazz/rock and variety bands in the area. He is an active composer/arranger with jazz charts in the books of the Century Band, Nova, CC Septet, and others. He has also written a number of choral arrangements and compositions for school and church groups. Greg was a band and choir director in public and private schools before changing to his career in telecommunications technology, now retired.
Dean White grew up in Superior, Wisconsin, and played in various working bands while attending the University of Wisconsin, Superior. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance, he moved to Hollywood, California, to attend Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music. Half-way through the first year, Dean was offered a main showroom gig at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. He was the first drummer in the Legends In Concert Show that still performs in various incarnations across the country today. He left Las Vegas to join Tony Axtell and Toshi Hinata in Tokyo to write and play original music. Since settling back in the Twin Cities, Dean has performed with many groups, including Good, the Bad and the Funky; the Autobody Experience; Century Big Band; Nova Jazz; Big Time Jazz Orchestra; the Shorn Hortz jazz quintet; Power of 10; Jack Knife and the Sharps; Tubby Esquire; Hennessy Brothers jazz; and many others. He has also studied privately with Gordy Knudtson and his Open/Close hand technique. Dean feels blessed to be part of the rich music scene in the Twin Cities.
Larry McDonough: Piano
Richard Terrill: Saxes and Poetry
Greg Stinson: Bass
Dean White: 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.