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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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September 2018

$35 table / $30 bar

Cyrus Chestnut Trio feat. Buster Williams, Lenny White

September 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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In Cyrus Chestnut’s hands the piano isn’t so much an instrument as a soul-powered chariot that swings with abandon, carrying listeners along on a joyous ride.

A standout since his student days at Berklee, Chestnut spent formative years accompanying vocalese legend Jon Hendricks, anchoring the quintessential young lion quintet of Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, and touring with Wynton Marsalis. But he credits his early 1990s stint in vocal explorer Betty Carter’s band with radically expanding creative vision.

At his most ebullient leading a trio, Chestnut is joined by two superlative masters. Best known for his performance on Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and the sparkplug for Chick Corea’s beloved fusion band Return to Forever, Lenny White has amassed a well-deserved reputation as one of the drumming world’s powerhouses. Bassist Buster Williams is one of jazz most esteemed and versatile collaborators who has contributed to hundreds of albums with everyone from McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson to Larry Coryell and Nancy Wilson. The trio has developed a beautiful chemistry as evidenced on the pianist’s newest recordings.

“There is something inspired and kinetic about [Chestnut’s] playing with Williams and White, as if they are all three trying to push each other to discover new avenues of expression.” – All Music Guide

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$40 table / $35 bar

Cyrus Chestnut Trio feat. Buster Williams, Lenny White

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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In Cyrus Chestnut’s hands the piano isn’t so much an instrument as a soul-powered chariot that swings with abandon, carrying listeners along on a joyous ride.

A standout since his student days at Berklee, Chestnut spent formative years accompanying vocalese legend Jon Hendricks, anchoring the quintessential young lion quintet of Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, and touring with Wynton Marsalis. But he credits his early 1990s stint in vocal explorer Betty Carter’s band with radically expanding creative vision.

At his most ebullient leading a trio, Chestnut is joined by two superlative masters. Best known for his performance on Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and the sparkplug for Chick Corea’s beloved fusion band Return to Forever, Lenny White has amassed a well-deserved reputation as one of the drumming world’s powerhouses. Bassist Buster Williams is one of jazz most esteemed and versatile collaborators who has contributed to hundreds of albums with everyone from McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson to Larry Coryell and Nancy Wilson. The trio has developed a beautiful chemistry as evidenced on the pianist’s newest recordings.

“There is something inspired and kinetic about [Chestnut’s] playing with Williams and White, as if they are all three trying to push each other to discover new avenues of expression.” – All Music Guide

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$35 table / $30 bar

Cyrus Chestnut Trio feat. Buster Williams, Lenny White

September 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

BUY TICKETS HERE

In Cyrus Chestnut’s hands the piano isn’t so much an instrument as a soul-powered chariot that swings with abandon, carrying listeners along on a joyous ride.

A standout since his student days at Berklee, Chestnut spent formative years accompanying vocalese legend Jon Hendricks, anchoring the quintessential young lion quintet of Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, and touring with Wynton Marsalis. But he credits his early 1990s stint in vocal explorer Betty Carter’s band with radically expanding creative vision.

At his most ebullient leading a trio, Chestnut is joined by two superlative masters. Best known for his performance on Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and the sparkplug for Chick Corea’s beloved fusion band Return to Forever, Lenny White has amassed a well-deserved reputation as one of the drumming world’s powerhouses. Bassist Buster Williams is one of jazz most esteemed and versatile collaborators who has contributed to hundreds of albums with everyone from McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson to Larry Coryell and Nancy Wilson. The trio has developed a beautiful chemistry as evidenced on the pianist’s newest recordings.

“There is something inspired and kinetic about [Chestnut’s] playing with Williams and White, as if they are all three trying to push each other to discover new avenues of expression.” – All Music Guide

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$7

Miss Myra & the Moonshiners

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Listening to Miss Myra and The Moonshiners is like taking a swig of Tennessee’s finest moonshine; it’s smooth, with a kick. The Moonshiners deliver the sultriest mix of vintage jazz and barrelhouse blues and nothing but the highest proof tunes can satisfy Miss Myra’s soul.  She belts melodies hearkening back to the roots of America’s original art form, invoking the powerful vocals of Bessie Smith with the silkiness of Lil Green, while the talented instrumentalists in her band shine through with the perfect accompaniment.

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Jeremy Walker

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Jeremy Walker is a prolific composer and pianist who started playing the saxophone at age ten in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. He was the founder of the club Brilliant Corners – voted by Downbeat magazine as “One of the 100 Great Jazz Clubs Worldwide,” and co-founder of the non-profit organization Jazz is NOW!– which launched with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet and surprise guest, Itzhak Perlman.

In 2003, City Pages voted Walker “Best Local Impresario” for his “community-conscious” programming. Turning to piano and composition in 2005, Walker earned recognition including a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study grant, and collaborations with TU Dance and Zenon Dance Company. He has performed with Vincent Gardner, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Ron Miles, Matt Wilson, JT Bates, and other notable musicians. In addition to commissions, Walker has written over 70 compositions for his bands: Small City Trio, Boot Camp, BOXCAR featuring Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson and Anthony Cox, The NOWnet, and The Bootet.

In 2014, Walker released his most ambitious recording to date: 7 Psalms. The album was released in March 2014 on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon and was listed in Star Tribune as one of the 2014 albums in the Twin Cities Critics Tally with Walker listed as one of the “Jazz Heros” in Jazz Police.

In October 2014, Minnesota Orchestra named Walker Curator of the new Jazz in the Target Atrium series at Orchestra Hall bringing together national musicians with the regional Atrium Jazz Ensemble.

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$10

Best Friday Ever! w/Southside Aces

September 28 @ 9:00 pm - September 29 @ 12:00 am

At Vieux Carré, every last Friday of the month is the Best Friday Ever! The Southside Aces sextet plays a century’s worth of New Orleans jazz. They travel from Louis Armstrong to Jelly Roll Morton to Preservation Hall, with stops along the way at Duke Ellington and Bix Beiderbecke. From Buddy Bolden to Lady Gaga! What?! You heard right. That’s why this is the Best Friday Ever.

Southside Aces perform traditional New Orleans jazz. The band first began as the brainchild of Clarinetist Tony Balluff and Sousaphone player Erik Jacobson. Their whispers and rumors materialized in Tony’s foyer near Pillsbury and 27th in South Minneapolis, late August 2003. Since their first gig on a flatbed truck in Apple Valley, they’ve played weddings, festivals, clubs— “music furnished for all occasions.”

The Aces have self-produced and released five CDs: All Aboard!!, Bucktown Bounce, A Big Fine Thing, their Christmas album, Santaphone, and their latest, Second Thursday.

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Scott Graves

September 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

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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Jana Nyberg Group

September 29 @ 9:00 pm - September 30 @ 12:00 am

Since moving back home to the Twin Cities in 2008, Jana has become a force in the jazz scene. With an appearance on season 10 of American Idol, and the release of several full-length albums, Jana is moving forward full steam. Known for her unique blend of jazz and pop music, she is a sought after performer and recording artist. On stage, she brings a vibrancy and passion that is infectious and ignites her audiences. With three records to date and a new one in progress, she shows no signs of slowing down.

Winter Song, the band’s third full length album, is done in true JNG style. A mix of poppy, fun, original music and jazz classics is something we’ve come to expect from the band. Despite what the title might suggest, this 13-track album features a slew of original music enjoyable any time of the year. There are also those winter favorites that you’ve come to expect when a band does an album for the season. Jana’s husband, trumpeter Adam Meckler, is featured singing along with Jana on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, “Águas de Março”, and the title track (an original tune with a rock flavor). The JNG breathes new life into standard winter fare with their renditions of “Santa Baby”, “Let it Snow,” and other traditional tunes.

Whenever the Jana Nyberg Group takes the stage the audience is all smiles. Nyberg’s sparkling personality and warm, smokey vocals are the perfect winter elixir.

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October 2018

$7

J.T. Bates’ GRAIN Trio

October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JT Bates is steeped in the diverse and rich music scene in Minneapolis, MN. Growing up playing in his father’s big band alongside his two brothers was the spark that kept him hungry for more music. Along with being very active and sought after in Minneapolis, music has also taken him to many parts of the globe.  He has been seen with the following bands: Fat Kid Wednesdays, Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer, French cellist Didier Petit, The Pines, Face Candy (featuring Eyedea), Bryan Nichols Quintet, along with countless gigs in the Twin Cities and around the country.

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David Murray Trio feat. Kahil el’Zabar

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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“Mr. Murray, who is a member of a generation located between the 1960’s avant-gardists and today’s young neo-conservatives, is changing his style, and he seems to be flaunting the fact by playing better than ever.” –The New York Times 

Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. During the past 35 years, from the moment he first visited New York as a 20 year-old student, playing in a walkup loft, in 1975, David has careened forward in a cool, collected, rocket-fueled streak. He has released over 150 albums under his own name. Yet more impressive than the numbers is the constancy of two abiding achievements: as a tenor saxophonist, he has perfected an instantly recognizable approach to improvisation that even in its freest flights acknowledges the gravity of a tradition he honors more than most; and he has altered the context for his improvisations as an infinite mosaic of musical challenges and explorations. David Murray goes down as a worthy successor for some of the biggest names in jazz.

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