The Bates Update – Holidaze

photo by Benny Moreno

photo by Benny Moreno


Greetings all! Welcome to winter and the holiday season. It’s a splendid time of year and I hope you all get to spend quality time with your families and loved ones.  Lots on the plate (pun intended) for this month and this first week is a doozy.

Here’s the game schedule:

Monday Nov 30th

9:30pm  $8  21+

Michael Lewis, JT, CB & Cory Wong @ Icehouse

Flying in a blues dream. This quartet was meant to be.

Tuesday Dec 1st

8:30pm  $10  All Ages

Bill Simenson Orchestra @ Jazz Central

The most daring and challenging ensemble I play with. We’re recording in January so come hear us get primed up!

Wednesday Dec 2nd

6:00pm  FREE

Connie Evingson @ Women’s Club (w/ Dave Karr, Mary Louise Knutson and CB)

Connie, Dave, Mary Louise and I have a couple of gigs this month. A sublime and swinging affair.

Thursday Dec 3rd

George Maurer @ Shattuck St Mary’s (Rachel Holder-Hennig, Pete Hennig, CB)

Friday Dec 4th

9pm  $10  All Ages

Atlantis Quartet @ The Nicollet

Back to back nights in Mpls and St Paul for Atlantis. Lots of great spirit and highly charged original music!

Saturday Dec 5th

8:30pm  $10  All Ages

Atlantis Quartet @ Black Dog

Back to back nights in Mpls and St Paul for Atlantis. Pick a night and come hear this award winning band!

Wednesday Dec 9th

8:30pm  $10  All Ages

Framework @ Jazz Central (Chris Olson, Jay Epstein, CB)

Magica Improvisada presents the colors, soundscapes and deft interplay of one of my longest collaborations.

Friday Dec 11th

9pm  $10

Bill Simenson Quintet @ The Nicollet

A new adventure. Bill Simenson, David Martin, CB, JT and Pete Whitman.

Saturday Dec 19th

8:30pm  $10  All Ages

Tall Tales @ Black Dog (Granros, Harris, Epstein, CB)

It’s been a few months since we played with this outfit. Nothing finer than Dean Granros, Zacc Harris and Jay Epstein as collaborators and humans! Our debut album is out now on Shifting Paradigm.


Saturday Dec 26th

8:30pm  $10  All Ages

Framework @ Black Dog (w/ special guests)

What can I say about these two guys? I’ve been playing with Olson and Epstein for close to 20 years now. We’ll have some guests tonight and it will be a fantastic time!

Wednesday Dec 30th

8pm  FREE  All Ages

Connie Evingson @ Crooners (Karr, Knutson, CB)

A second helping of subtle swing and gorgeous songs.

Thursday Dec 31st

9pm  $65  RESERVATIONS strongly recommended.

An Artists Quarter New Years Eve @ Hell’s Kitchen w/ Carole Martin, Kenny Horst, Dean Magraw, Phil Aaron & CB.

A revival of sorts and always a great time. We’ll be popping up at Hell’s Kitchen on Dec 31st. JOIN US!

RESERVATIONS strongly recommended. My lords and ladies – Davis will be there!


Stop the hate. Engage in civil discourse. We’re better than this.

Spread peace and love. Happy Holidays everyone.

love – cb