Photos by Andrea Canter, JazzInk
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April 2015 Reviews
We had another wonderful Chet Baker show at the Dakota, which like Jazz Central in January, was filled almost to capacity. There were more magical moments. Because the response was so positive, there will be more Chet shows. Stay tuned. Larry McDonough.
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Thursday: St. Paul-based pianist, singer, and composer Larry McDonough and friends have put together a show honoring the memory of the late singer and trumpeter Chet Baker. Although McDonough's recordings and performances have usually emphasized instrumental work, his singing
style has often been compared to that of Baker, who died in 1988 at the age of 58. The tribute includes tunes associated with Baker, other standards done in his style, and a discussion of Baker's impact on jazz. McDonough's bandmates include trumpeter Steve Kinney, saxophonist and poet Richard Terrill, bassist Greg Stinson and drummer Dean White. 7 p.m.; Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Mpls.; $5; 612-332-1010 or dakotacooks.com.
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Thursday, April 9. Ace pianist and vocalist Larry McDonough put on a tribute to Chet Baker last fall at Jazz Central, packing the space beyond code. So tonight he brings it all back to the larger Dakota, still boasting his quartet (Richard Terrill, Greg Stinson, Dean White) augmented by trumpeter Steve Kenny. The show title says it all, “Chet - The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker."
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April 9, Larry McDonough Quintet, Tribute to Chet Baker (7 pm, $5 cover). An inventive pianist/singer tackles the works of one of the most intriguing artists of the past century, trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker. Trumpet duties will be handled by Steve Kenny.
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Thursday, April 9
Larry McDonough Quintet performs Chet Baker @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) As a singer, trumpeter Chet Baker’s cool, quiet singing style had lots of fans. Pianist Larry McDonough’s singing has often been compered to that of Baker, though his singing has always been a minor part of each performance. Tonight, McDonough will concentrate on singing. The first set will be songs sung by Baker. The 2nd set will be songs sung in Baker’s style. McDonough, piano; Steve Kenny, trumpet; Richard Terrill, sax; Greg Stinson, bass; and Dean White, drums.
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The Larry McDonough Quintet, featuring New Hope sax player Richard Terrill, will perform “Chet — The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker” 7-10 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
There is a $5 cover charge.
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7:00pm CDT - 10:00pm CDT, April 9th, 2015
Singer and trumpeter Chet Baker died in 1988 at age 58, and never played the Dakota. On Thursday, April 9, 2015, his music will fill the Dakota. Pianist, singer, and composer Larry McDonough’s trademarks are unique harmonies and rhythms in both arrangements and compositions, often in the uncommon meters of 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. He usually features the other musicians, with only a handful of vocals in his recordings and performances. For years, his quiet singing style has been compared to legendary singer and trumpeter Chet Baker. Larry turns the tables on himself, putting his vocals in the spotlight in “Chet - The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker.” Joining Larry to complete the Chet Baker sound is Steve Kinney on trumpet, saxman Richard Terrill, bassist Greg Stinson, and drummer Dean White. In the first set, “Chet” will cover the range of the Chet Baker catalog, performing pieces from the 1950s, including My Funny Valentine, Autumn Leaves, When I Fall in Love, You Don’t Know What Love Is, and There Will Never Be Another You, as well as songs from the end of Chet’s life, such as All Blues (the rare vocal version), Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, and Moon and Sand. In the second set, Larry will add pieces from his catalog sung in Chet’s style, including My Romance, How Insensitive, Night and Day (from his “Solitude, poetry in jazz” CD), Lady Day (an original from his “Simple Gifts” CD), and Summertime in 7/4 time. Larry and Steve also will discuss Chet’s life and music and their impact on jazz as well as themselves, and Richard, an award-winning poet, will add his poetry about Chet. The debut of “Chet - The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker” in January played to a full house. Come see and hear why.
Location: 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN, 55403, United States
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7:00 p.m. April 9
Tickets »Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN