Kendra Shank Trio

Kendra Shank Trio

Wed · September 19, 2018

7:30 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

Kendra Shank
Kendra Shank
Kendra Shank's seven critically acclaimed CDs have won numerous “Best of the Year” citations and DownBeat poll recognition, with accolades for her "delectable voice" (Time magazine) and "breathtakingly original concept" (Boston Globe). Her music career began at age 19, busking in Parisian subways and cafés as a folk singer-guitarist. 11 years later her passion turned to jazz and she studied with Jay Clayton while honing her craft in Seattle and Paris jazz clubs. She soon caught the attention of Shirley Horn who co-produced Shank's debut CD and presented her at New York's Village Vanguard in 1992. Since moving to New York in 1997 Shank has become a prominent figure on the city's jazz scene, headlining at The Blue Note, Birdland, Jazz Standard, and Iridium, and featured on NPR's JazzSet and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. She has toured in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada and the U.S. with festival appearances at JVC Jazz; Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz; Jazz Port Townsend; Jazz à Vienne; Jazz in Marciac; Wangaratta Jazz; Calgary Jazz; and Edmonton Jazz, as well as concert halls and clubs. In addition to leading her NY quartet of 16 years with Frank Kimbrough, Dean Johnson, and Tony Moreno, Shank has performed and/or recorded with Abbey Lincoln, Fred Hersch, Geoffrey Keezer, Larry Willis, Joe Locke, Bob Dorough, Jay Clayton, Gary Bartz, Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis, Matt Wilson, Ben Monder, John Stowell and many more. Kendra Shank's mix of modern jazz, standards, world music, folk/pop, and open improvisation is unified by her soulful storytelling, inventive phrasing, and spontaneous group interplay.
Phil Aaron
Phil Aaron
Pianist Phil Aaron is a Chicago native who studied music at the Berklee College of Music and the University of Illinois. After ten years in LA, he moved to Minneapolis in 1989, becoming fully immersed in the local jazz scene, and hosting a long-running trio gig at the Hotel Sofitel. By day, Phil works as a composer of film and television scores winning an Emmy in 2007 for his scoring work on the PBS animated series, “Auto-B-Good.” As a performing jazz artist, Phil has shared the stage with Lee Konitz, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Jim Snidero, Byron Stripling, Barbara Morrison and Jackie Allen, among others, and has provided piano accompaniment to many local jazz singers and ensembles. An active recording artist as sideman and on five CDs of his own, Phil plays regularly with his own trio, Lucia Newell, the Phil Hey Quartet, Batunde Lea, Joyce Lyons and more. Drawing inspiration from Bill Evans, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, and Keith Jarrett, he “can swing hard or wax romantic at the keyboard” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).
Graydon Peterson
Graydon Peterson
Graydon Peterson is one of the backbones of the jazz scene in the Twin Cities. Known as a guy who excels at many styles, Graydon has played with the Twin Cities’ top jazz singers and modern jazz groups, and has toured around the United States. He’s a top-call player who up until now, has been content hanging out in the shadows. Well, Graydon grabbed the pen and paper and what emerged were weird time signatures, beautiful melodies and hard grooves. Graydon’s tunes evoke a wide variety of emotions and energies, stretching what we know as “modern jazz” to it’s limit.
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432