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Looking for a versatile jazz band

The event committee for MinnRoast 2014 has decided to switch the venue from Pantages to the State Theatre. Because of the larger, more professional venue we need to up the level of professionalism. We think we need a band (preferably jazz or big band sound) to carry the transitions and learn the accompaniments (currently there is just piano). This would be a paid gig and requires a lot of improvisation and thinking on your feet.

If you do no know what MinnRoast is …

Don Ness was one of the stars last year.

If you watch the video you can see Christine Rosholt singing the very first song — we miss her dearly. We are looking for a strong vocalist like Christine who has her ability to put together a backup band from (e.g.) the ‘Toga crowd. And same band can also accompany other numbers and play strong peppy transitions between comedy acts. Think of how the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band does on A Prairie Home Companion.

Contact me if interested.

3 Comment(s)

  1. A few that come to mind:

    The Toga Jazz Trio, Mark Anderson Trio, Strange Meeting, Maxi Childs Trio, Big Time Jazz Orchestra, various college jazz ensembles.

    Paul Lundgren | Aug 1, 2013 | New Comment
  2. Silk Sheiks

    ruby2sd4y | Aug 1, 2013 | New Comment
  3. Shoeless Revolution or the Bad Plus come to mind for “versatile jazz band” but locally, I would bet the Lounge Hounds could roll with this one and have a blast doing it. Jimi Cooper could probably assemble a team for this too.

    Shane Bauer | Aug 1, 2013 | New Comment

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