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Being a part of the music community in Minnesota is a gift to every artist, listener and participant.  The stage of Vieux Carré is rich with history and whispers of musicians past. Today the tradition continues with a varied schedule highlighting local talents in many different genres with a focus on jazz, soul, blues, and the magic of each.  Patrons and artists share the room to commune in the celebration of life and each other.

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October 2017

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October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Chris Lomheim

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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As a bandleader, composer, and sideman, Chris Lomheim is an integral part of the vibrant Twin Cities jazz scene.

“…unquestionably one of the finest piano trio recordings on the jazz landscape today.” – All About Jazz review of Chris’s latest recording, Timeline

As leader of the Chris Lomheim Trio he has produced 3 CD’s: And You’ve Been Waiting? (1994) featuring all original compositions,  The Bridge (2002) featuring a mix of originals and a handful of standards, and Timeline (2014) featuring all originals. Chris was nominated best pianist in the 1997 Minnesota Music Awards, and was awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board “Artist Initiative” Grant for 2014.

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Ben Cook-Feltz and Friends

October 10 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz is a singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist.  Combining observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the 60′s and 70′s, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent.  His new record, She Doesn’t Believe Me, will be released in October 2015.

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Velvet Caravan

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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If one were to name one Savannah-based musical act that most exemplifies this time-honored, eclectic and adventurous city, they’d be hard to find a more appropriate ambassador than Velvet Caravan.

This unorthodox, high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has, over the past few years, emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. In that time, the band has grown from a somewhat informal instrumental combo which routinely drew enthusiastic and loyal followers at raucous restaurant and bar gigs to a respected and admired touring act that’s as comfortable in an attentive listening room or large concert hall as they are in a crowded nightclub.

Velvet Caravan’s unique ability to subtly shift musical gears without sacrificing their integrity as composers and performers is rare indeed.

This has resulted in an envelope-pushing group that’s just as successful at dazzling jaded cocktail drinkers as they are at commanding the rapt attention of serious music aficionados in whisper-quiet recital environments. Of late, the band has even taken things a step further, by mesmerizing and inspiring even the most finicky of schoolchildren through fun and engaging music educational programming.

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Scott Graves

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Growing up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota, Scott first learned to pick Hank Williams songs on an old flat-top guitar his parents got him for his 10th birthday. Reading the credits and liner notes to all the Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and other British invasion bands of the day led him to the old blues masters. Johnny Winter was another important early influence and link to other bluesmen.

Scott continues to listen to a lot of the late great blues players–Albert Collins, Albert King, Freddie King–along with some more recent favorites like Snooks Eaglin, John Mooney and Chris Cain.

Scott played with a number of bands around the Twin Cities and Rochester area in the 1970s and 80s. He had a gig playing keyboards with Alexander O’Neal and played with Percy Strothers before being recruited by Big Walter Smith  for his Groove Merchants band in 1991. Scott was Walter’s lead guitarist and Musical Director until Smith’s death in 2012.

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Sophia Shorai Trio

October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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A singer with equal parts heart, charm and individuality, Shorai has been a mainstay on the Minneapolis jazz scene for the past 10+ years. With five self-released albums under her belt, she mixes old classics, modern revivals and her own pop gems with ease and soul. Shorai has collaborated with many of the Midwest’s finest and most celebrated musicians and has garnered international vocal recognition through commercials, television shows and films.

“Sophia has everything a singer could want: soul, versatility and comfort in a number of musical settings and styles, a marvelous set of ears, unique style, and a visceral love of music and performance. Whether she’s belting or crooning, she breaks hearts.” Adam Levy, guitarist, singer/songwriter for The Honeydogs

“There’s a charming girlish innocence and coquettish soulfulness to this young singer’s rendering of jazz standards.” Jon Bream, Star Tribune

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Hurricane Harold

October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Harmonica whiz Harold Tremblay started playing harmonica in high school. Upon moving to Minnesota, he hooked up with the great Twin Cities blues player Curtis Blake (Sonny Rodgers Harp player on his Handy Award winning “Big Leg Woman”) to hone his harp chops.

Harold founded Cool Disposition with players who have backed up the best- Mojo Buford, Baby Doo Caston, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Rodgers and many of the touring greats. Cool Disposition competed at the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Harold returned to the IBC in 2011 in the Solo Duo category with Jeff Ray.

Tremblay always has several projects going on. This All-Star revue will feature some of the best blues players in the Twin Cities.

Harold hosts a blues/roots radio show at KFAI Radio. “Harold’s House Party” airs Wednesdays from 4-6pm.

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Craig Russo Latin Jazz feat. Doug Little

October 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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​The best of both worlds when Latin meets jazz! The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project is a fresh mix of outstanding jazz soloists, rich, Afro-Cuban inspired rhythms, and unique arrangements of jazz standards.Their most recent CD “Mambo Influenciado” reached up to #16 on the national jazz radio charts and was chosen CD of the month of KUVO Denver, one of the nation’s top jazz/NPR stations. It’s the group’s first ever show in The Twin Cities. The group will feature Minneapolis jazz and Latin music mainstay Douglas Little.

The group is led by drumset artist and percussionist Craig Russo, who  has a special interest in Afro-Cuban music styles. Craig has traveled to Cuba extensively to study at the prestigious National School of Arts in Havana. He toured Cuba in 2015 with Doug Little’s Minneapolis-based Charanga Tropical Cuban music group, the first American group ever invited to perform at the Cuba’s prestigious, International Festival of Danzon.

A percussionist and drum set artist across a range of styles, Craig is most recognized for his outstanding ensemble The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project. The group has played venues such as Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, St. Louis’ Jazz at the Bistro, and The St. Louis Jazz and Heritage Festival. The group has released four CDs including “Soul Eyes” which featured Charanga Tropical musical director Doug Little, and “Mambo Influenciado” which received extensive radio play throughout the country. “Mambo Influenciado” spent weeks in the top 20 on U.S. Jazz Radio charts with active rotation on over 80 radio stations. Though based out of Southern Illinois, Craig has performed with Charanga Tropical in Chicago and Minneapolis.

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Doug Little is a saxophonist, flautist and composer whose distinctive sound blends soulful American jazz and contemporary Cuban rhythms. A leading figure on the Twin Cities music scene, Little has recorded multiple CDs and performed throughout the United States and Europe. His talents have won him awards and acclaim including grants to study music in Cuba, an artist residency in Paris, and the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship.

He currently leads several bands including Charanga Tropical, Seven Steps To Havana, Tres Mundos, and the Doug Little Quartet. Since 1996 he has served as director of the summer music education program, The Twin Cities Jazz Workshop.

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Nikki Roux & Rich Rue

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Nikki Roux & Rich Rue are the core members of the ongoing musical group, Nikki & The RueMates. Together, they express some of America’s great musical past through voice, guitar and songwriting in their interpretation of classic female blues tunes (by artists such as Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie), 60’s-like electric guitar sounds, and lyrics that are thoughtful, dreamy, sultry and unguarded. Rich’s blistering slide guitar solos and Nikki’s melodious singing create an intimate, joyful and refreshing musical experience.

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Jay Young & Lyric Factory

October 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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Jay Young is one of the Twin Cities’ ‘first call’ bassists. He is a freelance performer and educator involved in a vast array of projects, working with national and international artists. He has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center, Illusion, and Penumbra Theatre. Jay has also been a featured performer at the Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, Boston Symphony Hall, The Blue Note, Umbra (Italy), Espoo (Finland), and Tejo (Portugal). He has shared the stage with Ray Brown, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, T.S. Monk, Grover Washington Jr., Dave Brubeck, Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Bobby Lyle, Eddie Daniels, the Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Phil Upchurch, Jennifer Holiday, Harry Connick Jr., Jay Leno, Paul Bollenbeck, Reverend Al Green, Bobby McFerrin, Jefferson Starship, Carole King, and Ray Charles, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Lovano, Ernie Watts, Tim Ries, Sony Holland, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and many others.

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