Patty Peterson Presents Jazz Women All Stars

Patty Peterson Presents Jazz Women All Stars

Fri · January 4, 2019

7:30 pm

$20.00

Patty Peterson, the 7-time Minnesota Music Award-winner and a Mid America Hall of Fame inductee. Here Peterson, who has been called “a musical chameleon with star quality and drive” by Jon Bream in the StarTribune and, who is, among other things, the host of her own weekly contemporary jazz program on KBEM, has packed her roster with all-stars exclusively. Here they are: Yolanda Bruce, Liz Draper, Sheila Earley, Mary Louise Knutson, and Sue Orfield.

Patty Peterson
Patty Peterson
PATTY PETERSON - As a vocalist, Patty has performed to sold-out audiences all over the country. 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. Patty is also the host of her own weekly contemporary jazz show on KBEM 88.5FM.

“Patty can (and did) energize a room with her high-spirited, big-voiced, take-no-prisoners command of the American Songbook”
-Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

“A Musical Chameleon…She can cover anything from Chaka Khan to Cole Porter with equal authority, exhibiting star quality and drive!”
-Jon Bream, Star Tribune

“She stretches her voice to accommodate wrenching emotions and brings it all off with class."
-Jazz Times Magazine

“I like her forthright sexiness and spunk.”
-Downbeat Magazine
Sue Orfield
Sue Orfield
American saxophonist
Yolande Bruce
Yolande Bruce
Member of the award-winning vocal jazz group Moore by Four, Yolande Bruce has performed nationally and internationally, and opened for such legendary acts as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, and BB King.
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.
Liz Draper
Liz Draper
Liz Draper received a Bachelors of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota in 2004. It was there that she studied under St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Chris Brown and Minnesota Orchestra's Peter Lloyd and James Clute. Her classical endeavors have found her performing both as a featured soloist and as an active section member in a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles. Liz has been a professional gigging jazz bassist since age 16. Her improvising has led her to The School For Improvised Music in Brooklyn, New York. Liz has performed and recorded with such groups as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Soul Asylum, Charlie Parr, The Cactus Blossoms, Black Blondie, The Rose Ensemble, Ben Weaver, Orkestar Bez Ime, Davina and the Vagabonds and Dakota Dave Hull. Liz has taught privately since 1998.
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.
Venue Information:
Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432
http://www.croonersloungemn.com/