Trio music: the best format ever?

I have spent many hours in my car over the last couple of months driving to exotic locales like Evansville (pop. 412), International Falls and Grand Marais in northern Minnesota. What a fantastic way to see spring come in! From barren and grey to explosive greens in just a few weeks, it’s been such a…

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Spring into Music

Lots to do. Lots going on. Perpetual motion continues. Sorry, but I’m totally not into promoting myself these days. Staying away from social media and the general insanity of our my-opinion-is-a-fact, yours- is-a-lie culture these days. Trying to sllllooooooowwwwww down and do what’s best for my family and my music. Still super happy to be…

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March ’19 – Le update du Bates

Greetings everyone. Snow gotcha down? It’s definitely been a grind, and as I write this we’re are on the cusp of another ‘precipitation event’ and daylight savings time kicks in on the morrow. The good news is that spring is inevitable, so we’ll just have to ride out this winter like we always do here…

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February 2019 Bates UPDATE

Well, folks we are already one month into 2019. I played some really fun shows in January including a joyfully ecstatic reunion with some of my Eau Claire friends, an intense and satisfying CD release party for Peter Kogan’s new album, a superset of dinner music with Dave Power and Dean Granros at Icehouse and…

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Inventions and Dimensions trio

I’m super excited to release my first ever digital only EP from my newest trio! Inventions & Dimensions – Wabi Sabi featuring 7 original compositions and the musical partnership of: Joe Strachan on piano and Matt Buckner on drums. Inventions & Dimensions – Wabi Sabi For sale or streaming exclusively at my Bandcamp site. Follow…

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September Bates Update

So I have been settling in on my new bass; playing gigs, rehearsing, practicing and I had a brief recording session with it as well. It is quite a big change from my old bass, which was certainly to be expected, and everyone seems to be giving me positive feedback about it. I’m very pleased…

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The Old Bass

Well tomorrow I leave for Denver to pick up my new upright bass! I’m scared, nervous, apprehensive, ecstatic, happy and sad all rolled into one. It’s certainly not the end of my relationship with my current bass but it is truly a milestone in my life. I’ve played the exact same bass since the 8th…

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The Bates Update! November 2015.

Monday Nov 2 8:30pm  $8  21+ Real Bulls (Dave King, Jt Bates) Enormous Quartet (C Thomson, J Evans, C Bates, J Phillips) Icehouse Tuesday Nov 3 8:30pm  $10 (donation)  All Ages Bill Simenson Orchestra Jazz Central Wednesday Nov 4 Bates | Nichols | Bates @ University of Mn Morris Details here: TRIO Saturday Nov 7…

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