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Bates Update HOLIDAZZLER

The Thanks have been given and continue to be perpetuated by our own attitudes for gratitude! Continuous support from family, loved ones, friends, colleagues, and YOU; inspires me and fuels my musical life. Thank you!!!! Atlantis Quartet just returned from a two-day mini-tour that was super fun and rewarding. It’s such a rarity to get…

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Octoberatesupdate!

October is upon us. Not much to share other than this run on sentence. Playing music is a fascinating and bizarre career path with many ups and downs that don’t always align with the norms of normalcy within the social construct of 9-5 concepts that dominate our societal systems based on one’s expected alignment within…

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Summer’s going fast…. Bates Updates getting slower.

I’m sorry. Bates Updates have been sporadic at best. I will do better. (there is no try) -cb Here’s what’s up with September. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9-7, 8, 9  7pm  All Ages  TICKETS HERE      Davina and the Vagabonds @ The Dakota Davina – the voice, the attitude, the energy and sincerity of a…

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July already???? Dang.

Hey everyone! It’s been a whirlwind here in Batesland with summer in full effect and I’m already thru Jazz Camp teaching season as well as the Twin Cities Jazz Fest! Highlights from the last month include teaching the Minneapolis Public Schools JAM (Jazz Around Minneapolis) Camp and my annual week of combo and improv at…

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I wish I MAY. I wish, I PLAY.

Hey everyone what’s happening?! I can only hope you are getting outside and enjoying this fantastic spring weather. It’s been a tremendous turnaround since we were deluged with that snowstorm a couple of weeks ago.  This month I’m keeping it simple and focusing on making and presenting music. The work of play and the benefits…

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The Spring of our Discontent

Well all the snow melted. Then it came back. And Old Man Winter laughs as our feeble minds attempt to reconcile. Indeed discontentedness is prevalent in all aspects of our lives. American politics is a shit show and the polarization of the American populace continues unabated as our so call leaders play teenage games with…

Bates Update – January 2018

Big things being planned and executed for this year! Very smart people are involved, the smartest! No sad music will be played, only the best! We’ll break down the walls. Trust the Bates! XOXO GIGANTIC DOUBLEHEADER to kick off 2018! Monday January 15th  7-9pm  ALL AGES  $10 donation RED PLANET @ BLACK DOG with Dean…

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The (Tall) Tale(s) of the Tape – 2017 Year End Update

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of you! I can’t thank you enough for being here and supporting my efforts to bring you quality, homegrown original music with the various ensembles I’m involved in. It is truly humbling. I will do my best to keep the quality up so you can trust the…

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December Bates Update

Well it’s finally arriving tonight – winter. We’ll see how long it lasts this year. Hopefully I’ll get some deep stuff out of my head and onto a hard drive or a piece of manuscript paper. After that then it has a chance to get to you so you can hear it too! Trust me…

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The November Novella

Winter is coming and so are some exciting changes in Batesland. Greetings magnificent humans! It’s been a long while since I updated the old blog-a-roonie and I apologize for that. I sometimes get lost in living life and not caring to much about promoting myself or my music. I am planning on a full redesign…

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mid July 2017

It’s happening so fast! Mid summer is here and cruising by toot suite. I hope you’ve all been enjoying this spectacular season! I have been quite busy gigging, teaching and hanging with many friends, and family too. TONIGHT!!! Atlantis Quartet plays at Icehouse starting about 9:30pm. $10 cover gets you two big sets of award-winning original music from Zacc,…

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June, the Solstice and summer adventures

Greetings everyone – The Bates Update continues to lurch and stumble along in its fragmented, sporadic pace. I get to it when I can as I find it hard to balance all my life activities with promoting myself. Anyway… Jazz Fest just concluded and it was incredible to see so many people out and about…