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)


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 pure and beautiful soul. Join us for three nights of swing, blues and swagger!

Saturday 9/8  3pm  All Ages  TICKETS AND INFO HERE

     Pushing Chain “Sorrows Always Swim” CD Release House Concert at Rieder Homestead in Delano, MN. 

Boyd Blomberg, Adam Moe, Noah Levy, Pete Caritas , CB. Country singing and songwriting at it’s finest!

If you want advanced tickets to this event please email David: [email protected]

Monday 9/10   7pm  All Ages  $10

     Luke Peterson, Zacc Harris, Jake Baldwin & Chris Bates @ Black Dog

I recently played with Luke for the first time and he is a wonderful drummer full of spirit and compositional fortitude. My brethren Harris and Baldwin will round out this fantastic quartet!

Tuesday 9/11  6pm  21+  FREE

     Jazz Indeed presents – Atlantis Quartet @ Hook and Ladder

EVENT LINK HERE 6pm doors / beer samples 7-9pm music

A new jazz series is kicking off and Atlantis Quartet take the inaugural turn. Come join us in the front room of the Hook for some great beers from Indeed, stellar vibes and original jams from Atlantis Quartet.

Wednesday 9/12   8:30pm  All Ages  $10

     Chris Bates presents: A Sound Decision @ Jazz Central Studios

New combination of wonderful people: CB -bs, Thomas Nordlund -gtr, Joe Strachan -kbd, Kismat Srestha -drums, Krissy Bergmark -tablas. An experimental ensemble of rhythmic melodies and grooves. Featuring fresh voices and sounds from a fascinating spectrum of TC music makers. These collaborations always blend together in unique ways. Please join us for a new ride!

Saturday 9/15  6pm workshop 7pm concert  All Ages $12 advance/$15 door

     Jazz at Studio Z Presents Pete Whitman’s Urban Nature

Pete Whitman -sax, Chris Lomheim -pno, Dave Hagedorn -vibes, Phil Hey -drums, CB -bs

Jazz at Studio Z has been presenting concerts for several years and aims to educate and entertain with some of the finest musicians from the midwest and beyond. Always a special evening when we play at Studio Z!

Monday 9/17  7–10 pm | Aria | 105 N 1st St, Minneapolis

     Ten Thousand Things 25th Anniversary Party!

Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company celebrates 25 years of innovative and groundbreaking theatre. I was lucky enough to be involved in the TTT production of ‘RASKOL’ several years ago and I’ve been a supporter ever since. I’ll be playing swing and dance music with the Bill Simenson Group. If interested please order your tickets before 9/10!

Wednesday 9/19   6-10pm  FREE

     Indeed Invitational; Jazz Central Studios Fundraiser

Come and join us for this Fundraiser. ALL funds from this evenings beverage consumption will got directly to supporting Jazz Central Studios. There will be continuous music running from 6pm until 10pm and I’ll be playing with my new fusion trio with Karl Koopmann and Pete Hennig and with the ‘Curators Quartet Plus 1’ featuring the Wednesday night curators – Pete Whitman, Cody McKinney, John Keston, CB and Pete Hennig. Jon Morgan you better come and play shakers or something.

Thursday 9/20   7:30pm  All Ages  $12-15

     Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Dunsmore Room @ Crooner’s

Mary Louise is so swinging and lyrical. She writes great tunes and we always have ‘gas’ you ‘dig’??? Please join Mary Louise, Greg Schutte and I for a night of fun piano trio music!

Friday 9/21  NOON  All Ages  Free but an optional lunch purchase is available

     JC Sanford Trio @ Lunch & Learn in Rochester, MN

JC Sanford trombone, Bryan Nichols piano, Cb bass. All details are here!

Saturday 9/22   8:30pm  All Ages  $10-20 suggested donation (it’s a big band for crying out loud)

     Inatnas Orchestra @ Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog

Third time’s the charm! The return of the Asuka Kakatani / JC Sanford INATNAS Orchestra. Modern large ensemble jazz composition at its finest! Stacked with a plethora of outstanding talent and ready to knock your socks off. Come on out and hear this truly awesome spectacle! Dave Milne, Brian Handeland, Pete Whitman, Aaron Hedenstrom, Bruce Thornton – woodwinds. Quentin Volk, Geoff Senn, Elaine Burt, Marty Hodel – trumpets. Jeff Rinear, Dave Stamps, Josh Becker, JC Sanford – trombones. Bryan Nichols, Dave Hagedorn, Miguel Hurtado, CB – rhythm section. Kim Sueoka – vocals, Asuka Kakatani – conductor. NOT TO BE MISSED

Monday 9/24   9:30pm  21+   $20

     Dan Weiss’ Starebaby @ Icehouse    


I’m not playing but simply promoting this show as it is quite possibly one of the coolest things to be dropping this fall in MPLS. This lineup is absolutely stunning – Dan Weiss – percussion, Matt Mitchell and Craig Taborn – keyboards, Ben Monder – guitar and the mighty Trevor Dunn on bass. Yeah that’s Mr Bungle’s Trevor Dunn people. Get excited.

Friday 9/28   7-10pm   FREE

     JC Sanford Trio with Chris and JT Bates @ Imminent Brewing in Northfield

JC, JT and I go way back past the turn of the century and our music sounds that way. We’ll play a bunch of standards and get loose. Come hang!

I leave you with one little video jam courtesy of Adam Meckler. Thanks for being awesome! -cb


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