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August 12 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 general admission, $5 for students with ID & musicians with instruments. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
About the Monday Featured Artist:
JCS invites a local jazz masters to play and direct new collaborations.
As a percussionist and a composer, Paul Motian was a major force in creative American music. For fifty years he worked with a wide range of innovators, including Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, Joe Lovano, and Bill Frisell, blurring the boundary between rhythmic pulse and improvised melodies. Motian learned piano and began composing in his forties. He left us with a large body of compositions that can be deceptively simple, but provide a rich framework within to explore a range of colors and emotions. Steve Hirsh, Larry McDonough and Dick Terrill won’t be aiming to re-create the original interpretations of these songs, but instead, will further explore their sonic and emotional possibilities.
A few nights into the “Blue and Green” torture chamber, Paul began playing very strongly in another tempo, unrelated to Charlie’s. The bass solo began, and Charlie kept his time while Paul kept his. I panicked and quit playing. In the kitchen afterwards, Charlie began to explain yet again how he wanted me to comp. I said, right as Paul came in, “But I couldn’t understand where Paul was playing the beat!” Charlie looked at me, incredulous. “You were listening to Paul Motian? Never listen to Paul Motian!” Paul grinned and didn’t say anything. from The Paradox of Continuity by Ethan Iverson, https://ethaniverson.com/ rhythm-and-blues/the-paradox- of-continuity/.
Steve Hirsh, drums
Dick Terrill, saxes
Larry McDonough, keyboard
Steve Hirsh began his musical journey playing rock and blues in the 1970s and 1980s. These days, he plays spontaneously composed music wIth some of the finest improvisers in the Twin Cities. He leads the improvising ensemble Le Voyage, with Donald Washington, Matt Trice and Dick Studer, and has played with Douglas R. Ewart, Faye Washington, Brad Holden, Babatunde Lea, Josh Granowski, and Davu Seru. In addition to regular appearances at JCS, he has performed at the East Side Freedom Library, Khyber Pass, the Black Dog Cafe, and the Cedar Cultural Center.
Larry McDonough has performed around the world and has released nine recordings as a leader, some of which rose to heights in Roots Music and Jazz Album charts. He was inducted into the Minnesota
Rock Country Hall of Fame. Larry is also a lawyer and a law professor, honored by William Mitchell College of Law as one of “100 Who Made a Difference” over the 100 year history of the school.
Richard Terrill is also an experienced creator of innovative music. He has played with nationally and internationally prominent band leaders and he has been playing with Larry McDonough since 2001. He is a retired English
professor from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and, in 2003, received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry for his collection, Coming Late to Rachmaninoff.
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.