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Grant to Stress Education and Revitalization of Hard Bop Jazz in the Twin Cities

(FEBRUARY 2018) The Minnesota Hard Bop Collective (MNHBC), in conjunction with Boom Room Jazz/Boom Island Brewing Company, applied for and was awarded a Community Arts Grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council. The grant, written by MNHBC drummer and Boom Room Jazz Artistic Director Jesse Simon, will introduce a new generation of musicians and audiences to Hard Bop jazz, a genre woefully underrepresented in today’s jazz scene. To celebrate, starting in February, Boom Room Jazz will offer free live concerts at Boom Island Brewing twice a month, at 7pm.

Each concert will showcase a diverse stable of professionals performing a rarely heard repertoire of classic hard bop jazz. Each performance, through June 2018, will feature different musicians based on the selections. The best local players will be hand picked from the Twin Cities Jazz Community, all touting advanced degrees from acclaimed universities and conservatories. Expect spirited and swinging themed performance will also engage the audience with historical anecdotes relevant to each set between songs.

Far from background music, audiences and musicians will be energized, uplifted and challenged with each performance, with all involved going home with a better understanding of the diversity of Hard Bop music. The MNHBC will begin an every other week schedule in February, at 7pm, with the following dates:

Saturday, February 10 – "Soul Station" Quartet The music of Hank Mobley part 3

Dave Hagedorn on Vibraphone, Aaron Hedenstrom sax, Ted Olsen bass

Saturday, February 24 – Elmo's World!, A return to the music of Elmo Hope

Jake Baldwin Trumpet, Clay Puhfal sax, Jeff Rinear trombone, Javier Santiago piano, Ted Olsen bass

Saturday, March 10 – Modern Hard Bop, NYC Hard Bop from the 1980s to the present

Pete Whitman Sax, Jeff Rinear trombone, Ted Godbout piano, Graydon Peterson bass

Saturday, March 24 – TBD

The MNHBC, headed by professional jazz drummer Jesse Simon, has been actively performing composer specific hard bop jazz concerts in the Twin Cities since 2016. He has played at The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, The Twin Cities Mobile Jazz project, and in numerous jazz venues including Jazz Central Studios, The Reverie, among others.

Boom Island Brewing Company is located on 2014 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis MN 55422 in north Minneapolis. Find the alley entrance to the taproom in the back of the building. Music starts at 7pm sharp.

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