Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet

Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet

Fri · January 19, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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Aaron Hedenstrom
Aaron Hedenstrom
Saxophonist and composer Aaron
Hedenstrom has performed across the United
States as a jazz saxophonist, clinician, and
Aaron has written numerous big band
works, string arrangements, small group
pieces, and chamber works. Some of his
collaborations have included saxophonist Bob
Reynolds, the University of North Texas One
O'Clock Lab Band, vocalist Marlene Verplanck,
vocalist Don Most and Starbucks artist of the
week S. Carey.
As a saxophone performing artist,
Aaron has been featured as a guest artist by
universities such as University of Wisconsin
Eau Claire, Wichita State University and
Eastern Washington University.
Zacc Harris
Zacc Harris
"In the 12 years since he first moved to Minnesota from southern Illinois, this remarkably fluid guitarist has positioned himself at the center of the Twin Cities jazz world...Whether playing alongside the McKnight-winning Atlantis Quartet or fronting his own Zacc Harris Group, Harris makes his mark, incorporating lessons from the greats into his own forward-looking style." - City Pages

Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Zacc Harris has gained a reputation as one of the area's top guitarists, being named 2017 Twin Cities Best Jazz Artist by the City Pages. He performs in a host of creative projects including Atlantis Quartet, winner of the 2015 McKnight Fellowship and named 2011 Best Jazz Artist, as well as the Zacc Harris Group, American Reverie, and Zacc Harris Trio.

Harris has toured as leader and sideman throughout the US and UK, including a 2016 run with Zacc Harris Group at London's famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Jazz Improv Magazine says, "Harris delivers a sound that is lucid, clear...providing rich-sounding accompaniment, and well-crafted solos" while Cadence Magazine calls some of Harris' work on Atlantis Quartet's most recent album "worthy of John McLaughlin." MPR News states, "Harris makes his own mark on standards with enough new hooks to keep jazz alive."

In 2012, Harris released his first album as leader, THE GARDEN, on Shifting Paradigm Records. City Pages writer Rick Mason says, "The Garden showcases Harris's compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny." The American Composers Forum chose Harris for one of its three Minnesota Emerging Composers Awards in 2016, to write and record a second album with this group in 2017.

Zacc is also a busy sideman, having performed and recorded with countless artists, including Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Babatunde Lea, Eric Gravatt, Ben Wendel, Michael Janisch, and Nancy Harms. Currently, he plays with Jt Bates' Grain Trio, Lars Larson's Mancrush, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, and Adam Meckler Quintet.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Zacc has studied privately with Adam Rogers, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gilad Hekselman, Nir Felder, Miles Okazaki, and Fareed Haque. Zacc has taught privately for the past 18 years and is currently adjunct faculty in the music department at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and Carleton College in Northfield, MN.


2017 City Pages Best Jazz Artist
2016 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award
2015 McKnight Fellowship For Performing Musicians (Atlantis Quartet)
2011 City Pages Best Jazz Artist (Atlantis Quartet)
Ted Godbout
Ted Godbout is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in Music-Piano Performance from St. John’s University and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. A versatile and active musician, Ted performs frequently as a jazz pianist and classical accompanist, as well in funk, R&B, and rock bands. He has performed with such notable artists and groups as Ron Miles, Mark Colby, and the Harry James Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist in the Music Northwest Chamber Music Series in Seattle, WA and the St. Cloud Symphony Honors Concert in St. Cloud, MN.

Ted attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, where he studied piano with Dr. Edward Turley. During his time there he accompanied numerous student recitals and also worked frequently as a jazz pianist in the nearby St. Cloud area. He also played trombone and keyboards in Fred Savage and the Unbeatables, which released two full-length albums and opened for such acts as Three Dog Night, OAR, Tommy James and the Shondells, Bobby Vee, and De La Soul.

Ted continued his studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, earning an M.M. in Jazz Studies and studying with Toby Koenigsberg. He was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in the areas of Music Theory and Jazz Studies and taught Aural Skills, Keyboard Skills and directed jazz combos. He was also on faculty at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene where he taught jazz piano and directed jazz combos.

Ted is currently on faculty at Chaska Music Studios and Augsburg College and maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. In addition to leading his own trio he frequently backs local musicians at Jazz Central Studios and appears regularly with PaviElle, Katia Cardenas, BDP, and the Bill Simenson Orchestra. Ted also serves as Director of Music at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN.
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.
Pete James Johnson
Pete James Johnson
Pete James Johnson is a Minnesota native now living in Los Angeles – but still calls Minnesota his home. He plays in groups in both California and Minnesota. Currently he plays with the Grammy award winning Bob Mintzer Big Band, in addition he works with Russell Ferrante, Alan Pasqua and trumpeter, Ambrose Akinmusire. Many of my favorite musicians to play with are in Minnesota and it is a treat to come home and play with them!
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432