Original compositions from Jeremy Walker and Bryan Nichols, along with the largest Atrium Jazz Ensemble to date. The Season Two finale, recorded April 28, 2016 at the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s Jazz in the Target Atrium series presents “The Idiosyncrats.” Pianist Bryan Nichols returns to lead the Atrium Jazz Ensemble through music by Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and others—exploring the musical contributions of some of jazz’s great iconoclasts. Recorded Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Orchestra Hall.
Trumpeter Ron Miles joins the Atrium Ensemble for a program celebrating the music of Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. Recorded November 19, 2015 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis.
Recorded Oct. 8 and first broadcast Oct. 31, 2015, the Season 2 opening show of the Minnesota Orchestra's jazz series includes the talents of saxophonist Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson along with top Twin Cities players lead by pianist/composer/series artistic director Jeremy Walker.
Welcome to a special KBEM broadcast of Dean Magraw recorded live at the American Swedish Institute on September 9th, 2015 as part of their Ballroom Music Series. In celebration of ASI’s Hagstrom Guitar Sensation Exhibit, Dean performs his program on a Hagstrom Viking Guitar and reflects on his experience with the instrument.
Tune in to our 2015 Jazz Noir presentation of a new original radio drama Morning Follows Night by award-winning playwrights Christina Ham, Dominic Orlando and Josh Wilder with a jazz music score composed and performed by Chris Bates, Steven Hobert and Solomon Parham.
Jazz Noir is originated and produced by Kevin Barnes. Ed Jones directed the cast.
This is the 3rd production in our "Jazz Noir" radio series teaming Minnesota writers with Minnesota jazz composers to collaboratively originate a new original radio drama and jazz score set historically in the Twin Cities.
The production was performed, recorded and broadcast live at Vieux Carré in St. Paul on Sunday, April 26th.
John Scherf recorded and post-produced the performance.
Morning Follows Night Plot Summary
Cutty Franklin is many things: a decorated World War II hero, a fan of the Near North Jazz scene... and an ex-con. After he’s released from prison, Cutty will stop at nothing to find out the real reason why he was double-crossed in a blackmail scheme that went South really quickly. Over a 10 year time span, Morning Follows Night captures the 24-karat Jazz clubs of the Near North Side to the mint movie houses of Minneapolis in this violent game of blackmail and revenge.
Cast- Ansa Akyea, Bruce Bohne, Jane Froiland, Carolyn Pool,Eric Sharp and Edwin Strout.
Musicians- Chris Bates (Bass), Steven Hobert (Piano), Solomon Parham (Trumpet).
Sound Effects/Foley originated and produced by Brian Barnes.
Jazz Noir is made possible through support provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Morning Follows Night
by Christina Ham, Dominic Orlando and Josh Wilder
Director’s Notes by Ed Jones
ACT I Near North by Dominic Orlando
An African-American war hero, Cutty, is drawn into the dark world of Crime Lord Danny Cohen by the beautiful, tarnished angel, Pearl. We’re in familiar Film Noir territory here: deception, betrayal and murder with the hero played for a patsy—all based on real happenings and personalities in Minneapolis of the late 1940’s.
ACT II Hell Hath No Fury by Christina Ham
Hold on to your hats as we venture into terra incognita: the mind of budding-screenwriter, Muzzy. There’s real danger here as Muzzy enters into an unholy alliance with the ego-driven gangster, Danny, to bring the events of ACT I to the silver screen--with himself as the hero, of course. Can an artist write to spec, no matter how attractive the offer, or must she be driven by her muse to constantly seek the truth, even at her own peril? Who is the mysterious Jade: is she merely Danny’s pawn, or is she the puppet master? What is real and what is the product of Muzzy’s fevered imagination? Stylistically we’ve left Noir behind for the gritty social drama, wherein the disgraced hero fights his way out of Tarsus with the help of a sassy, capable woman.
ACT III The Screaming Songbird by Josh Wilder
We go even further afield, into the world of screwball comedy, as Muzzy’s creations revolt. Muzzy will learn, as all writers eventually do, that it’s the characters who determine the story and she is merely their stenographer.
Welcome to a special KBEM broadcast of Connie Evingson with guitarist Sam Miltich and violinist Sara Pajunen recorded live at the American Swedish Institute on August 12th, 2015 as part of their Ballroom Music Series. Bassist Gordy Johnson and drummer Jay Epstein round out the ensemble performing Gypsy Jazz and Swing plus “The Ballad of Jacob Fahlstrom”, a song created during Connie’s time as the American Swedish Institute’s 2015 Artist In Residence.