Patty Peterson Presents: Jazz Women All Stars

Patty Peterson Presents: Jazz Women All Stars

Sun · February 11, 2018

7:30 pm

$0.00 - $25.00

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In 2016, the Jazz Women All-Stars made a terrific debut at the TC Jazz Festival in Mears Park. This ensemble celebrates the great women of jazz artists in the Twin Cities, instrumentalists as well as vocalists. Patty has, once again, organized a prestigious line-up that includes Ginger Commodore on vocals, Mary Louise Knutson on piano, Joan Griffith on bass and guitar, Shelia Earley on drums, Kathy Jensen on sax and, of course, Patty Peterson on vocals. Patty’s Jazz Women All-Stars is a show not to missed.

Patty Peterson
Patty Peterson
Patty Peterson was born into Minnesota’s First Family of Music; The Peterson Family. Along with her mother, the legendary Jeanne Arland Peterson at the helm, the family also yields Sister Linda Peterson, and three brothers, Billy Peterson, Ricky Peterson and Paul Peterson, all of whom are recording artists and involved in the international music scene.

Patty began singing as a child at concerts and recording sessions, and today is an award winning vocalist, live jazz radio host, and inspirational speaker. Patty also appears in numerous live and in studio productions for national recording artists and commercials.

As a vocalist, Patty has performed to sold-out audiences all over the country such as The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Vibrato in Beverly Hills, Catalina’s Jazz Club, and The Jazz Bakery in Hollywood, California. In addition, Patty received the coveted Minnesota Music Award 7 times for best vocalist as wells as best jazz recording and in 2010 she was inducted into the Mid America Hall of Fame. Patty has released 4 solo recordings, featuring the likes of Sheila E., David Hazeltine, Stokley Williams, and Ira Sullivan, as well as her mother, Jeanne Arland Peterson and her brothers, Billy Peterson, Ricky Peterson and Paul Peterson.

As a multi-faceted, sought-out talent, Patty Peterson has been a featured speaker for The American Heart Association, Go Red for Women, University of Texas Aortic Symposium, Mom Camp, Rotary Clubs, Super Valu, Trane, St. Jude Medical and The Minneapolis Heart Institute.

She is a featured author of the LISTEN section for Edina Magazine, and most recently had the honor of performing on national television for CNBC’S big reveal of Minnesota as “America’s Top State for Business”.

Patty is also the host of her own weekly contemporary jazz show on KBEM 88.5FM
Ginger Commodore
Ginger Commodore
Ginger Commodore has been a member of the Midwest music scene for many years. Classically trained, Gospel influenced, Jazz inspired. Ginger’s musical foundation is a true amalgam of musical styles presented with her own unique delivery, from touching whisper to full throated (yet controlled) power.

Her career has taken her down many musical roads. She began her performing as a long time member of the Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness, touring across the United States.

Her theatrical credits include: the World Premiere of DEATH IN THE FAMILY with the Minnesota Opera Company, SELMA with the Penumbra Theatre Company, BLACK BELTS at the Mixed Blood Theatre, STAMPING, SHOUTING & SINGING HOME with the Children's Theatre Company, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Hey City Theater, Black Nativity (Penumbra), HAIRSPRAY (Chanhassen Dinner Theatre). and most recently THE COLOR PURPLE (Park Square Theater).
Kathy Jensen
Kathy Jensen
KATHY JENSEN is a member of Hornheads, a billboard magazine award-winning a capella jazz group. As a group, they have released three solo albums. As a horn section, they have recorded hundreds of tracks for artists in the US, Japan, Argentina, Denmark, Portugal, and the UK.From 1991 through 2001, the Hornheads recorded nine albums with Prince and the New Power Generation. During this time, they toured and performed with Prince throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Before this, Kathy performed with many groups, including the popular Moore by Four, who performed and recorded at jazz festivals in Italy and Finland. Her saxophones, clarinets, and flute can be heard on the recordings of Chaka Khan, Babyface, Phil Upchurch, Larry Graham, Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples, Mandy Moore, Ben Sidran, Dave Graf, Ricky Peterson, the Steeles, Connie Evingson, the JazzMN Big Band, and others. She’s a pit musician for musical shows and theatrical productions at the Ordway Center, the Children’s Theatre, and Orchestra Hall. She has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra. She does commercial session work for Absolute Music, Creation, and Wow & Flutter. Twin Cities performances with touring artists have included: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Frank Sinatra Jr.,and Natalie Cole. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Music Education.
Mary Louise Knutson
Mary Louise Knutson
Minneapolis-based jazz pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson has been called "one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time." Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene.

Knutson’s long-awaited new trio CD, In the Bubble, charted in JazzWeek's Top 10 and remained in the Top 50 for 19 weeks straight. Six standards and four originals - ranging from a swinging Oscar Peterson Trio-style "It Could Happen to You" to a McCoy-ish "Can You Hear Me Now?", and from an ECM style "Sea of Qi" to a gospel style "You Are My Sunshine," - complete this highly accessible mainstream-to-modern collection. Twin Cities rhythm icons, bassist Gordon Johnson and drummer Phil Hey, are Knutson’s bandmates for half the album. Drummer Greg Schutte performs with Knutson and Johnson on the remaining tunes, except for one featuring drummer Craig Hara.

Knutson tours regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his big band (featuring two-time Grammy Award winner tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts), has toured the U.S. with her own group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, and Italy with vocalist Debbie Duncan. Mary Louise has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, Richie Cole, Greg Abate, Von Freeman, Slide Hampton, Mike Stern, Peter Erskine, Billy Hart, Ed Shaughnessy, and Richard Davis. As a show player, she has performed with such artists as Reba McEntire, Michael Bolton, Jordin Sparks, Trisha Yearwood, Sam Moore, Donny Osmond, Smoky Robinson, the Osmond Brothers, and comedians Phyllis Diller, Jack Carter, Rob Schneider, Kevin Nealan, Judy Tenuta, and more.

In 2006 Knutson was a Minnesota Music Awards nominee for both Jazz Artist of the Year and Pianist of the Year, and in 2005, she was a Finalist in the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams "Women in Jazz" International Pianist Competition. In 2004, Knutson was the recipient of Lawrence University's distinguished Nathan M. Pusey Alumni Achievement Award for significant contributions and achievements in a career field, and in 2001, Knutson's debut jazz trio CD, Call Me When You Get There, charted in JazzWeek's Top 50 for eight consecutive weeks, and earned Knutson the award for Top New Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year from KWJL Radio in California. Featured tracks include her award-winning compositions and signature arrangements of such jazz classics as "Tangerine", "Green Dolphin Street (mp3)", and "Gone With the Wind" and range from the joyful lyricism of "Call Me When You Get There" to the impassioned blaze of "Meridian".

An acclaimed composer, Knutson has won numerous awards, including two from Billboard magazine for her compositions "How Will I Know? (mp3)" and "Meridian (mp3)". "How Will I Know?" was also recorded by Prince's horn section, the Hornheads, for their 5 Heads Are Better Than 1 release on Bone 2 B Wild Music. The art documentary, Wellington Lee: 60 Years of Artistic Photography, which is underscored by Knutson’s composition, "Call Me When You Get There (mp3)", has been shown at major art museums across the country.

Formerly an instructor in jazz piano and improvisation at Carleton College, Knutson teaches privately and conducts a variety of masterclasses, including Intro to Composition, Freedom From the Written Page: Beginning Improv for Pianists, Jazz Piano in the Big Band: Voicings, Rhythms, and Scales, The Press Kit, and History of Jazz Overview: A Timeline of Styles & Recordings. Her newest masterclass, Making Sense of Jazz, for non-musicians and/or budding enthusiasts, explores improvisation, typical song forms, and how jazz musicians communicate on stage.

Knutson can be heard regularly with her group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, or as a soloist, at clubs, festivals, and concert halls here and abroad; with area vocalists Connie Evingson and Debbie Duncan; and with a variety of instrumental groups including the JazzMN Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Sheila Earley
Sheila Earley
Sheila Earley, drummer and percussionist, was born in New Richmond, WI and began playing drums at the age of 8. Her older brother and sisters taught her the basic rudiments and drum set beats. She studied with Ron Keezer (UW-Eau Claire) in High School and received a four-year scholarship in Music to the University of Arizona.

Sheila continued on in her musical studies and moved to Los Angeles, studying with jazz great Jeff Hamilton and famed drummer / world percussionist Alex Acuna. In New York City she studied with Funk Master Bernard Purdie and Technique Master Joe Morello. Sheila has performed in 50 states and 5 countries in many varying musical settings.
Joan Griffith
Joan Griffith
Joan’s 2011 CD “A Girl Named Vincent” with Prudence Johnson, the 2008 jazz CD “Sambanova” with pianist Laura Caviani, her 2009 CD “Alma Brasileira” with recorder player Clea Galhano and her CD “Enter You, Enter Love,” with Lucia Newell feature many of her own compositions. “Enter You, Enter Love” was chosen as one of the top ten best recordings for 1996 by jazz radio station KBEM. Her choral composition “Sweet Noel” won the 1998 Christmas Carol Contest sponsored by the American Composer’s Forum and Vocalessence. Her performances on mandolin include the Minnesota Orchestra‘s recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and as soloist with the South Dakota Symphony on their premiere recording “Journey to the Badlands”. Her mandolin and bass playing can be heard on the many recording of singer/songwriter Ann Reed. She is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Young Audiences.
Venue Information:
Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432
http://www.croonersloungemn.com/