Courtroom Concert Program Details

December 22, 2016, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


caviani_webLaura Caviani is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing. With five CDs under her own name, and many more as a “side–man”, she has recorded with some of the best jazz musicians in the region. Her recordings have received such praise as “stunningly fresh” from JazzTimes and “in a word, outstanding” from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Recent projects include choral works for both the Great River Chorale and VocalEssence. She has composed numerous jazz pieces, most notably for Pete Whitman’s Xtet, Four Voices String Quartet, JAZZAX Saxophone Quartet, Karrin Allyson, and has set Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poetry to music, featuring vocalist Prudence Johnson. She holds degrees from both Lawrence University and The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is on faculty at Carleton College, where she directs the jazz ensemble, coaches chamber groups, and teaches jazz piano and improvisation.

chris_webChris Bates has worked professionally for 25 years and continues to be a driving force in the Minnesota music scene. As a member of the Atlantis Quartet, Framework and Red Planet (among others) Chris has been featured on over 30 original jazz recordings. Chris has won Mcknight Fellowships for his composing and performing (1999 composer fellow, 2015 performer fellow w/ Atlantis Quartet). In 2012 Chris released his debut album New Hope with his quintet Red 5. 2014 saw the release of the self titled The Good Vibes Trio and showcases Chris’ love of more standard jazz repertoire with gems from Charles Mingus, Freddie Hubbard and John Coltrane mixed with a sprinkling of original tunes. Beginning in the fall 2016 Chris will be an official ‘visiting artist’ at the University of MN Morris along with Bryan Nichols and JT Bates.

dave_webDavid Schmalenberger has performed with such artists as John Scofield, Marvin Stamm, Tim Ries, Larry Grenadier, Richard Davis, Steve Turre, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Cab Calloway, the Fifth Dimension, and The Mills Brothers. David has studied the traditional music of Africa and the Diaspora for several years, including travels to Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Trinidad, and Brazil. Locally, he plays regularly with the JazzMN Big Band, VocalEssence, and Synergy. He is the co–chair of the Percussion Department at McNally Smith College. He received his DMA in Percussion Performance and World Music from West Virginia University, Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Percussion from the University of Michigan, and Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University.


Concert Info

October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).

Schedule & Programs Subject to Change