Simple Gifts 10th Anniversary
Minneapolis Shows

Ten Years, Three Months, Three Days

Ten years ago, The Larry McDonough Quartet (LMQ) recorded the CD “Simple Gifts.”

Simple Gifts charted at 29 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and has been played on more than 100 stations around the world

Over three months, on three days,
LMQ will celebrate the 10th Anniversary with full length performances at
Icehouse, Jazz Central, and The Nicollet

Wed. Aug 13, 7-9 pm
2528 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Mon. Sep. 22, 8:30-9:30 pm
Jazz Central
407 Central Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Jam session follows the LMQ set

Sun. Oct. 5, 7:30-9:30 pm
The Nicollet
1931 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Families and students are welcome.

Larry McDonough Quartet
Larry McDonough, piano, vocals, compositions, and arrangements
Richard Terrill, saxes and poetry
Greg Stinson, bass
Dean White, drums

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Peter Kuller, Radio Adelaide, Australia
“This was not a simple gift, it was a substantial gift! Larry McDonough is giving Beethoven, Gershwin, an Rogers & Hammerstein a whole new life. I just love it …. This music is indeed a gift, thank you very much!”

Joost Van Steen  Jazz & Blues Tour Radio,The Netherlands
“What a great CD. Fantastic stuff!”

Mark Robinson Auckland, New Zealand
“It is a beautiful release.”

Daniel M. Klein, CILU Radio - Thunder Bay, Ontario
“A solid recording; an intriguing post-bop romp into standards and other tunes.”

Scott Yanow  LA Jazz Scene
“Larry McDonough is an inventive pianist .... The highly enjoyable is music is recommended ....”

Dick Metcalf  Zzaj Productions Improvijazzation Nation
“You'll not likely find a better gift than Larry's simple, yet enchanting, keyboard style .... This is one of the best keyboardoriented CD's I've heard this year, & in addition to a most highly recommended rating, it also gets the ‘pick’ of this issue for ‘most sophisticated keyboard jazz’!”

Chris Spector  Midwest Record 
“Solid jazz piano man that serves it up in fine form.”

Andrea Canter, Jazz Police
“Larry McDonough’s long-awaited new recording serves up divergent delights, from a reconstructed holiday chestnut to inside-out renditions of jazz standards, from harmonically and rhythmically altered traditional melodies to a trio of original tunes. With a feathery touch that recalls Bill Evans but with more fingers and a unique approach to time that makes the most worn carol or standard a new adventure, Simple Gifts proves to be anything but “simple” - but, for those fortunate enough to hear this music, it is indeed a gift.”

More reviews

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Lawyer and law professor Larry McDonough was selected by William Mitchell College of Law as one of "100 Who Made a Difference" over the 100 year history of the school. He directs pro bono legal services for the poor at Dorsey & Whitney. He also is a St. Paul jazz pianist and singer, performing around the world and recording with his group the Larry McDonough Quartet as well as solo, and in duos and trios. He has performed with legendary saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, Trombonist Fred Wesley, and trumpeter Duane Eubanks, as well as a who’s who of local jazz artists, and was inducted into the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame for his work in the group Danny’s Reasons.

Sax player and Minnesota State University Mankato English Professor Richard Terrill received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, for his poetry compilation “Coming Late to Rachmaninoff” (University of Tampa Press, 2003). Terrill has been performing with Larry McDonough since December 2001. He also has performed with guitarist Jim McGuire and with Chaz Draper's Uptown Jazz Quartet. As a college student, Terrill was a member of the award winning University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble, and performed with later-to-be Pat Metheny keyboardist Lyle Mays in the Lyle Mays Quartet, winner of small group honors at the Midwest College Jazz Festival. He has also worked with pianist Geoff Keezer. He teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Bassist Greg Stinson plays in a number of bands around the Twin Cities. He has been the bass player in the Century College Jazz Ensemble for over 25 years. He also plays in the CC Septet, Shorn Hortz Quintet, Paul Berger Trio, the St. Croix Jazz Ensemble, and regularly subs with the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Classic Big Band, and Cedar Avenue Big Band. Stinson also spent many years playing saxophones, guitar, bass, and vocals in jazz/rock and variety bands in the area. Stinson is an active composer/arranger, with jazz charts in the books of the Century Band, Nova, CC Septet, and others. He has also written a number of choral arrangements and compositions for school and church groups. Stinson was a band and choir director in public and private schools before changing to his current career in telecommunications technology. LMQ performs Stinson compositions from the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra recording ADance to Be-bop.

Dean White grew up in Superior WI and played in various working bands while attending the Univ. of WI, Superior. After graduating with a bachelors degree in percussion performance, he moved to Hollywood CA to attend Musicians Institute. Half way through the first year he was offered a main showroom gig at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. He was the first drummer in the Legends In Concert Show that still performs in various incarnations across the country today. He left Las Vegas to join Tony Axtell and Toshi Hinata in Tokyo to write and play original music. Since settling back in the Twin Cities Dean has performed with many groups. These include Good, the Bad and the Funky, the Autobody Experience, Century Big Band, Nova Jazz, Big Time Jazz Orchestra, the Shorn Hortz jazz quintet, Power of 10, Jack Knife and the Sharps, Tubby Esquire, Hennessy Brothers jazz, and many others. He has also studied privately with Gordy Knudtson and his Open/Close hand technique. Dean feels blessed to be part of a rich music scene that exist in the Twin Cities.

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