Dakota Combo to Headline Twin Cities Jazz Festival Youth Stage, Sponsored By DFJE

JUN 29, 2013

Location: Twin Cities Jazz Festival, 308 Prince Street, St. Paul
Time: 1-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Dakota Combo to headline the Twin Cities Jazz Festival Youth Stage

The Dakota Combo to headline the Twin Cities Jazz Festival Youth Stage

Fueled by their unmatched talent and inspiring passion, some of the best youth jazz players from the region are continuing to astound audiences performing together as the Dakota Combo. The Combo will headline this year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival Youth Stage on Saturday, June 29.

Led by professional bassist and MacPhail jazz program director Adam Linz (Fat Kid Wednesdays), the eight-member combo has been conquering a variety of jazz tunes from legends like Chick Corea and Ornette Coleman. These budding jazz pioneers—all local high school players—also play their original compositions and arrangements.

The Dakota Combo is supported by the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music. DFJE is a Twin Cities-based nonprofit whose mission is to create and support opportunities for Twin Cities youth to play and learn through jazz. DFJE’s other educational opportunities include bringing professional jazz musicians and subject experts into schools to provide inspiring workshops and talks about the genre.

“These students are incredible players and scholars. We’re delighted to support their continuing exploration of jazz and their commitment to share their joy of the genre with others. Both of our graduating seniors from this year’s Dakota Combo will be going off to continue studying jazz at university programs on the East Coast,” said DFJE Board Chair Larry Englund.

One of the graduating Combo members is violinist Zosha Warpeha, who will soon be venturing to New York City to study at the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. “I think this experience has influenced my skills and, more importantly, my attitude towards improvisation—I’m beginning to take a few more risks, and am having more fun playing the music. I’m really proud of this group,” said Warpeha.

The Dakota Combo’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival performance at 6:30 p.m. caps a full day of youth-driven jazz on June 29th. All performances are free and take place on the Dakota Foundation’s Youth Stage, located at 308 Prince Street in the Lowertown district of Downtown St. Paul. The group will be hitting the road to play at the Iowa City Jazz Festival on July 6.

Full DFJE Youth Stage lineup:

1:00 pm  JAM (Jazz Around Minneapolis)
Directed by Scott Carter, Chris Thomson & Cory Needleman

2:00 pm  Stillwater Area High School X-Tet
Directed by Mike Walk

3:00 pm  McNally Smith Jazz Combo
Directed by Steve Jennings

4:30 pm  Byzantine Sextet
Led by DeCarlo Jackson

5:30 pm  Jack Breen Group
Led by Jack Breen

6:30 pm  Dakota Combo
Directed by Adam Linz

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