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St.Paul, MN 55102
(651) 292-1359

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Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18, Phil Hey Quartet -60th Birthday Weekend (9pm, $10)
Friday, 17 May 2013


Phil Hey, timekeeper extraordinaire, marks 60 years of earthly existence with a musical celebration at the AQ.  Hey, who studied with the great Ed Blackwell, has been the drummer of choice for the very best in the business.  From vocalists (Connie Evingson, Stacey Kent, Lucia Newell) to edgy masters (Dewey Redman) to bebop purists (Eddie Berger), Philadelphia native Phil Hey has provided a range of artists with bedrock, intense rhythm.  His own Phil Hey Quartet is a hard bop ensemble with gravitas to spare.  Phil is a true friend to the AQ and an admired man of integrity in the jazz scene – time to celebrate one of the greats.

Enjoy V-Lo's tasty $2 tacos on Friday night!

Dave Hagedorn is an Artist in Residence in the Music Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he teaches percussion, jazz studies and world music. Dave Hagedorn His impressive academic credentials include a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music, as well as various music-related degrees from the New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. He has studied with artists including Vic Firth, John Beck, Ed Blackwell (like Phil Hey), and many others, and performed in academic settings with everyone from Gil Evans to Happy Apple. Equally impressive, however, are Hagedorn's accomplishments outside the classroom. His excellent 2003 CD SOLIDLIQUID was released on Artegra Records in the SACD format. He has toured nationally with George Russell, playing several stops on the Kool Jazz Festival circuit, and appeared on Russell's So What (Blue Note Records) and Grammy-nominated The African Game. Around the Twin Cities, Hagedorn has appeared on recordings by the likes of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Debbie Duncan, and regularly performs with groups including Source Code with Eric Kamau Gravatt, Apex, Low Blows, Pete Whitman's X-Tet, and JazzMN.

ImagePianist and Chicago native Phil Aaron attended the Berklee School of Music and the University of  Illinois prior to relocating to California. Aaron served as music director in the dance department at UCLA and also taught music at Santa Monica College. While at UCLA, Phil composed and performed for numerous local and national dance companies. Since coming to the Twin Cities, Aaron has been composing music for TV and film and performing live. His own Phil Aaron Trio is known for its outstanding recordings and regular weekend gigs at the Hotel Sofitel that lasted a dozen years, as well as shows at other top Twin Cities venues. Aaron is also a top sideman in the Twin Cities music scene, a favored pianist among vocalists and national touring acts. Aaron's long list of credits include shows with Frank Morgan, Byron Stripling, Bob Sheppard, Sammy Davis Jr., John Patitucci, Scott Colley, Jeff Clayton, Ray Drummond, Barbara Morrison and Jackie Allen. In addition to five CD releases as leader, Aaron has appeared on a number of recordings by other artists.


ImageTwin Cities bassist Tom Lewis, noted for his lyrical solos and musical versatility, can be heard all over town playing bebop, hard bop, free jazz and swinging standards. A long time member of Eddie Berger's “Jazz All Stars,” Tom is currently a member of the Phil Aaron Trio, The Five and other projects. A composer and bandleader in his own right, Tom is regularly called upon to play with visiting jazz luminaries like Benny Golson, Mose Allison, Jim Rotundi, Slide Hampton, Lew Tabackin, Charles McPherson and others. Lewis also keeps busy as a sideman to Twin Cities musicians, as a clinician and as a recording session player.

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