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  • BASSIST AND COMPOSER ADAM LINZ is Jazz Coordinator at MacPhail Center for Music. He attended Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park, studied with Peter Olson at MacPhail, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson University in New Jersey. Linz co-leads the group Fat Kid Wednesdays with childhood friends Mike Lewis and JT Bates and plays with numerous groups and bands around the Twin Cities. He also teaches at Augsburg College and the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (…
  • ETHAN IVERSON OF THE BAD PLUS CALLS MILO FINE "the most career-allergic musician on the planet." Since 1969, Fine has pursued his own path, what he calls his "lifework in free jazz/improvised music; a lifework whose cornerstone has been self-determination." He advocates "recognition over fame, publicity over hype, support over worship." That kind of attitude does not lead to contracts with major record companies (or it didn't, back when such things were available), cover stories in magazines, or…
  • IT MIGHT BE SAID (AND PROBABLY HAS BEEN) THAT MARRIAGE IS IMPROVISATION, full of high-risk creative work and in-the-moment decisions. Imagine a marriage in which both partners are improvising musicians. Wed for 30 years, pianist Ellen Lease and saxophonist Pat Moriarty share a life as parents, educators, composers, and performers. Since 1993, they have co-led the Ellen Lease/Pat Moriarty Quintet, known as "the best unrecorded band out there" until their first CD, Chance, Love, Logic, was release…
  • WHILE SIFTING THROUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE STEFAN KAC (pronounced "cats"), I opened an email from trumpeter Dan Frankowski to find that he had already done the work for me. Frankowski called Kac "an intense, brooding, mercurial, funny, and passionate composer, tuba player, and thinker." At 27, Kac has one foot in jazz and the other in classical music. In 2005, he was accepted to the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead residency program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.…
  • DOUGLAS R. EWART IS A MAN OF MANY GIFTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS: improviser, composer, performer, visual artist, sculptor, mask maker, instrument builder, teacher, lecturer, arts organization consultant, founder and leader of numerous musical groups, past chair of the important and influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), winner of Bush Fellowships, McKnight Awards, a US/Japan Creative Arts Fellowship, and Jerome Foundation grants. And then some. According to his bio…
  • IF YOU TALK ABOUT GEORGE CARTWRIGHT WITH AN IMPROVISING MUSICIAN from out of town, that person will invariably say, "George Cartwright lives in Minnesota?" Known for holding down the Knitting Factory in New York with his group Curlew in the 1980s and 1990s, saxophonist/composer Cartwright is an improvising monster in our midst. In a recent interview for All About Jazz, Gordon Marshall called him "part of the archaeology of modern New York." When I first wrote about Cartwright in 2007, I was too …
  • IT MIGHT BE SAID (AND PROBABLY HAS BEEN) THAT MARRIAGE IS IMPROVISATION, full of high-risk creative work and in-the-moment decisions. Imagine a marriage in which both partners are improvising musicians. Wed for 30 years, pianist Ellen Lease and saxophonist Pat Moriarty share a life as parents, educators, composers, and performers. Since 1993, they have co-led the Ellen Lease/Pat Moriarty Quintet, known as "the best unrecorded band out there" until their first CD, Chance, Love, Logic, was release…
  • DOUGLAS R. EWART IS A MAN OF MANY GIFTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS: improviser, composer, performer, visual artist, sculptor, mask maker, instrument builder, teacher, lecturer, arts organization consultant, founder and leader of numerous musical groups, past chair of the important and influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), winner of Bush Fellowships, McKnight Awards, a US/Japan Creative Arts Fellowship, and Jerome Foundation grants. And then some. According to his bio…
  • BASSIST AND COMPOSER ADAM LINZ is Jazz Coordinator at MacPhail Center for Music. He attended Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park, studied with Peter Olson at MacPhail, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson University in New Jersey. Linz co-leads the group Fat Kid Wednesdays with childhood friends Mike Lewis and JT Bates and plays with numerous groups and bands around the Twin Cities. He also teaches at Augsburg College and the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth …
  • IF YOU TALK ABOUT GEORGE CARTWRIGHT WITH AN IMPROVISING MUSICIAN from out of town, that person will invariably say, "George Cartwright lives in Minnesota?" Known for holding down the Knitting Factory in New York with his group Curlew in the 1980s and 1990s, saxophonist/composer Cartwright is an improvising monster in our midst. In a recent interview for All About Jazz, Gordon Marshall called him "part of the archaeology of modern New York." When I first wrote about Cartwright in 2007, I was too …