The Bates Update January 2014

I’ll keep this one short and sweet. I’m not super busy gigging but parenting and planning for the rest of the year. Writing music, booking, teaching, practicing, exploring collaborative options and prepping for the release of the Good Vibes trio record slated for early spring release on Technecore. The Good Vibe trio is a spectacular ensemble with cagey veterans Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. I would say it is the most straight ahead jazz project I’ve ever been involved with. Our repertoire is mostly made up of classics from the giants of jazz – Mingus, Ornette, Coltrane, Monk, Brubeck, Hubbard with a few originals sprinkled throughout. We played last week at Jazz Central and Tim Nyberg painted to our music with the hopes that an album cover would emerge from his brush strokes. It’s looking good so far and I’m very excited for you all to hear this group. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on our next gigs and the pending CD release!

Speaking of gigs!

Wednesday Jan 15th Axis Mundi @ Hells Kitchen  6-9pm  Free  w/ Glen HelgesonJay Epstein and Gary Schulte

Wednesday Jan 15th JVP trio @ Barbette  10pm-12am  Free  w/ Scott Fultz and Joey Van Phillips

Thursday Jan 16th Real-phonic Radio Hour @ James J Hill Library   8pm  $20  w/ Erik Koskinen Band, Semi-Twang, BBGun and Leo Welch. I’m happy to be playing with Erik and the house band on a few songs tonight and looking forward to more playing with these stupendous musicians in 2014!

Sunday Jan 19th Randy SabienDean Magraw and CB @ Hope Christian Church in Shoreview  6pm  $7  Doors @ 5:15    We’ll be playing a bunch of jazz and groovy tunes for this very intimate concert. Looking forward to this show!

Saturday Jan 25th Zacc Harris, Jay Epstein and CB @ Merlin’s Rest  8:30pm  Free  Come and hang with us at this S MPLS watering hole!

Have a great January and 2014 everyone! I look forward to seeing you at a show. Thanks for your support.


Dean Granros trio (European Echoes / Back Roads)