Things are getting snowy and icy around Hebgen so Bob and I spend good amount of time at our fireplace. I am really looking forward to the concert of MJ Williams, Jeremy Quick, Bob Bowman, and Alex Platt on Nov 20th at Squire House. MJ is our great friend and wonderful artist. With these fantastic musicians/people it will be warm and beautiful night of music!
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* Detail of these concerts can be changed due to artists/venues’ circumstances.
MJ WILLIAMS AND FRIENDS!
On Tuesday, November 20th, Squire House in Bozeman will host a unique and geographically diverse quartet of Montana jazz musicians. This performance will feature MJ Williams on vocals, Bob Bowman on bass, Jeremy Quick on guitar, and Alex Platt on drums. (Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM. )Tickets are $25, available directly through Squire House on 25 Mendenhall, or through online sales at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mj-williams-at-squire-house-tickets-52074315680
MJ Williams is a vocalist and trombonist who lives in Basin Montana but has traveled the world in search of musical ideas and opportunities to learn about music in all its many forms. Williams has performed in the Bozeman area with Kelly Roberti, Ann Tappan and many others for at least three decades. She has been involved in many recording projects including a CD recorded in France entitled “The MJ Williams Paris Project”. In her early career she performed at the Universal Jazz Coalition in New York City, the Bellevue Jazz Festival in Seattle WA. In 2013, MJ wrote a score for Mary Ellen Strom’s two channel video installation at the Longhouse Projects Gallery in New York City. In 2015 she performed at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis with pianist Bob Packwood. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Montana Governors’ Award to Artists.
Bob Bowman (Bozeman/Kansas City) has performed with numbers of artists including Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Mantooth, Carmen McRae, Pat Coil, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank, Karrin Allyson, Dan Haerle, Steve Houghton, Steve Allee, Bill Mays, Clay Jenkins, Danny Embrey, Todd Strait, Loren Stillman, Bob Sheppard, Matt Otto, Rod Fleeman, John Stowell, Jerry Hahn, Bobby Watson and others. Bob has toured around the world and been on many recordings that have won or been nominated for GRAMMY awards. While performing with these artists, he works with his own bands including the legendary Kansas City group, INTERSTRING and BOWDOG. Also he has also dedicated himself to jazz education. Bob now resides in Montana continuing to play and influence the music scene.
Jeremy Quick (Whitefish, MT), skilled musician and composer, has been studying and enjoying music since he was a young child. He’s been performing live since 2003: nationally and internationally, solo and with groups. While Jeremy enjoys playing guitar for a myriad of bands, he also finds time to compose and tour with his original project, The JQTrio. In 2011, the group recorded an album, Live and Uncut. Jeremy Quick’s first studio album Sketches of America was released in 2016. When Quick is not performing, composing, writing, or learning about music, he’s teaching music. In Fall 2015, Quick was Artistic Associate for The Banff Centre’s Artists-In-Residence (Banff, AB, Canada). His 2014 original song, “Superhero” (available on iTunes) was an American Songwriting Award Nominee.
Alex Platt (Bozeman/Los Angeles) began playing the drums at the age of 10, began gigging professionally at the age of 13, and along with his prodigious younger brother Adam Platt (piano), started his career early in life opening jazz festival shows for international jazz stars like Ahmad Jamal, Diana Krall, and many others. He went on to study with drum legends Joe LaBarbara, Mike Clark, Tootie Heath, Rick Latham, Dave Elitch, Jeff Hamilton, and received his performance degree in Jazz and African-American Music from the California Institute of the Arts in 2001. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz artists such as Alice Coltrane, Jack Walrath, Oranyon Coltrane, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Brad Rabuchin; as well as country artist Stephanie Quayle, soul/funk impresario Big Joe Hurt, Persian legends Bahram Bajelan and Mehrdad Arabi, Jake Faulkner and Zac Sokolow of The Americans, and many more. He has also been a part of the rotating faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He currently resides in Bozeman, where he performs, teaches, and records.
ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT PLONK
On Wednesday, November 21st from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Jeremy Quick on guitar and Bob Bowman on bass will be playing! They will be making warm, positive, and relaxing sounds for you. Please come down to enjoy the music with glass of wine and delicious food! No Charge.
Plonk Wine Bozeman
Wednesday, November 21st
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT RED TRACTOR PIZZA
Every Friday, there is a Jazz Night at Red Tractor Pizza in Bozeman from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This Friday Alex Robilotta on guitar, Eddie Tsuru on bass, and Mike Gillan on drums will be making exciting and fantastic sounds! Please come down and enjoy your Friday night with good live music and of course delicious pizza and beer/wine!
Red Tractor pizza
Friday, November 23rd
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SUNDAY BRUNCH AT SOLA CAFE
Gypsy Jazz group Montana Manouche will be performing at Sola Cafe in Bozeman on Sunday, November 25th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll hear many Django Reinhardt compositions along with American jazz standards played in the Gypsy Jazz style. Gypsy jazz sound for your Sunday brunch enjoyment. No cover!
Sunday, November 25th
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT BOZEMAN HOT SPRINGS
The Bozeman-based jazzy power-quartet Yin & Tonic consists of some of Bozeman’s finest jazz musicians to bring a groovy show of amazing tunes. Eddie Tsuru on bass, Alex Robilotta on guitar, Silas Stewart on vibes, and Adam Greenberg on drums, Yin & Tonic is comprised of musicians who are very active in the Montana music community as educators and performers. Playing some incredible eclectic, funky, ethno-jam-band jazz, Yin & Tonic is going to be a groovy show perfect for a nice hot soak on a cold Sunday night.
Bozeman Hot Springs
Sunday, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT WALKERS IN BILLINGS
On every Sunday American Grill & Tapas Bar Walkers in Billings has Jazz night through 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This week Arterial Drive will be performing!! Please come down to enjoy the music with delicious food and drinks! No charge.
American Grill & Tapas Bar Walkers
Sunday, November 25th
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
UPCOMING JAZZ & MORE CONCERTS
THE STORY OF SWING
The SwingCats at MSU present our second annual Story of Swing holiday formal dance at the beautiful Story Mansion. Join them for an evening of swing dancing with live music by Montana Manouche. The festivities will start with a beginner-friendly lesson from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Montana Manouche set lasts 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. No partner or previous swing dancing experience is required, and everyone is welcome! Formal attire is suggested.
The Story Mansion
811 South Willson Avenue, Bozeman, MT
Saturday, December 1st
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets : $15 – $25
Event tickets (eventbrite)
November 28th @ PLONK
Josh Aguiar on trumpet, Scott Jeppesen on saxophone, Alex Nauman on guitar, Craig Hall on bass, Josh Poole on drums
November 30th @ Red Tractor Pizza
December 2nd @ Walkers (Billings)
Josh Aguiar Quintet
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