New Dakota Combo: First Public Performance November 29th

NOV 29, 2012

Location: Artists' Quarter
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

The 2012-2013 Dakota Combo will perform at the Artists’ Quarter at 7pm Thursday, November 29 as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Society (TCJS) Young Artists Series. There is no cover. The combo has been rehearsing at the MacPhail Center for Musi with Jazz Coordinator Adam Linz. As mentioned, there is no cover for this set, which will be followed by the Pete Whitman X-et at 9 pm.

The Dakota Combo is a program of the MacPhail Center for Music, in partnership with the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education. Now in its 7th year, the Dakota Combo is an all-star high school ensemble, selected through annual auditions. Students rehearse throughout the school year with Linz, attend clinics, visit area schools, and perform at area clubs, festivals and concert halls. Past Combos have performed at the AQ, Dakota Jazz Club, Honey Lounge, Jungle Theater, MacPhail, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and at the Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival and Competition in New York. Both the 2009 and 2012 editions of the Combo recorded CDs of original music. Alums of the band have gone on to study jazz at the New England Conservatory, Brubeck Institute, Berklee College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory and more.

This year, the Combo is an octet of musicians from throughout the metro area:

  • Benjamin Beyene, drums (Minneapolis Roosevelt)
  • Jack Courtright, trombone (Apple Valley)
  • Peter Goggin, alto saxophone (Moundsview)
  • Will Kjeer, piano (St Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists)
  • Jackson Mullett, trumpet (Eden Prairie)
  • Levi Schwartzberg, vibraphone (Minneapolis Southwest)
  • Zosha Warpeha, violin (Perpich Center for Arts Education)
  • Sam Worthington, bass (Moundsview)

The TCJS Young Artists series presents student ensembles approximately six times per year, usually on the first Thursday of alternating months at 7 pm at the Artists Quarter, 408 St. Peter Street in the lower level of the Hamm Building in downtown St. Paul.

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