MN Hard Bop Collective (MNHBC) drummer extraordinaire and friend Jesse Simon applied for and received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. This is great news for fans of local jazz. The grant, which will last from now until early summer, will add focus to our Boom Room Jazz initiative. Starting February 10, we will be hosting live jazz every other week, with the MNHBC playing each gig.
The grant will not only help finance the series, but will also allow Jesse to focus each program on education of the hard bop style, and challenge his players and the audience with music rarely heard on the scene. Are you familiar with the likes of jazz greats Hank Mobley and Elmo Hope? I hadn’t either, until we started Boom Room Jazz. And I’ve been listening to jazz for a long time.
My dad introduced me to Jazz when I was 13. He played Dave Brubeck’s “Take 5” to me and I had to admit that he was right, that tune is amazing. From that point on I’ve been buying jazz records. I had great mentors to help along the way. That said, 2017 was the year that put my appreciation of Jazz into overdrive. My knowledge and appreciation, as well as my collection, has easily doubled from what I have learned from Boom Room Jazz.
For those who haven’t had guidance like I received, the genre of Jazz can be daunting. It’s huge, ranging from 1930’s big band music, to 60’s heroin-fueled mind trips, and everything in between. All I can say to anyone who was hasn’t been properly introduced to jazz, stop by on a Boom Room Jazz Saturday at 7pm and give it a shot. Live jazz is amazing and the music of the MNHBC will always swing with sophistication. The vibe in the room is electric. The music being played is rarely, if ever, heard in this town. To top it all off, the beers you will be drinking will always be complex and delicious as well. Write down 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
More great music to come!