Reviews for “More Flute!” http://larrymcdonoughjazz.homestead.com/AcoustElectric-MilesDavisandChickCoreaintheMedia.html
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“More Flute” features the jazz of Saint Paul flutist Carol Bergquist. Better known for her classical work at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis and countless orchestras and chamber group, she began jazz studies and performance in the last few years with the Larry McDonough Quartet (LMQ). The show’s titled was coined by an audience member who requested “more flute.”
In the first set, LMQ will perform all of the Miles Davis recording Kind of Blue with improvisations over the original arrangements. But here is the difference: flutist Carol Bergquist takes the Miles Davis chair. If you have loved Flamenco Sketches, come hear it on flute. Larry McDonough, Greg Stinson, and Dean White fill the Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb chairs.
In the second set, LMQ will perform jazz fusion from Chick Corea and Return to Forever, with Carol Bergquist taking on the role of flutist Joe Farrell. Corea formed Return to Forever in 1972 as a vehicle for Brazilian jazz centered on the Fender Rhodes electric piano and featured Joe Farrell on saxes and flute. Return to Forever released two albums, Return to Forever and Light as a Feather, before reforming as a jazz-rock fusion band. Notable pieces included Crystal Silence, La Fiesta, Light as a Feather, 500 Miles High, Children's Song, and Spain. Larry McDonough listened to Return to Forever in high school and college, transcribing and practicing many of Corea’ solos to practice. Larry will take on the roles of Corea and Flora Purim who sang on the recordings. Greg Stinson and Dean White add bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Airto to the mix.
It was a hit at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, highly recommended by JazzInk and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. http://larrymcdonoughjazz.homestead.com/AcoustElectric-MilesDavisandChickCoreaintheMedia.html
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The Larry McDonough Quartet
Larry McDonough is a St. Paul jazz pianist and singer, performing around the world and recording with his group the Larry McDonough Quartet as well as solo, and in duos and trios. He has performed with legendary saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, Trombonist Fred Wesley, and trumpeter Duane Eubanks, as well as a who’s who of local jazz artists, and was inducted into the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame for his work in the group Danny’s Reasons. He has released nine CDs and DVDs as a leader, including “Simple Gifts,” which reached number 29 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and has been played on hundreds of stations around the country and throughout the world. He also is a lawyer and law professor selected by William Mitchell College of Law as one of “100 Who Made a Difference” over the 100-year history of the school. Larry directs pro bono legal services for the poor at Dorsey & Whitney.
Flautist Carol Bergquist has been active as a performer, soloist, and teacher in the Twin Cities for 30 years. Ms. Bergquist has performed with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and in local orchestras, including the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and Allegro Sinfonia. In addition, she has performed for at The Basilica of Saint Mary for 35 years, performing Masses, special events, and NDI Production’s annual summer musicals, involving numerous Basilica members. Ms. Bergquist studied with Cynthia Stokes, Adam Kuenzel, and Donald Peck and has performed at master classes at the Ordway Music Theater with Carol Wincenc and DePaul University in Chicago with Donald Peck. Ms. Bergquist holds an undergraduate degree in writing and an MBA in Technology Management, teaches flute, and works for Molina Health as a proposal writer. She is married to pianist Larry McDonough.
Bassist Greg Stinson plays in several bands around the Twin Cities. He has been the bass player in the Century College Jazz Ensemble for more than 25 years. He also plays in the CC Septet, Shorn Hortz Quintet, Paul Berger Trio, the St. Croix Jazz Ensemble, and regularly subs with the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Classic Big Band, and Cedar Avenue Big Band. Greg spent many years playing saxophones, guitar, bass, and vocals in jazz/rock and variety bands in the area. He is an active composer/arranger with jazz charts in the books of the Century Band, Nova, CC Septet, and others. He has also written a number of choral arrangements and compositions for school and church groups. Greg was a band and choir director in public and private schools before changing to his current career in telecommunications technology. The Larry McDonough Quartet performs Greg Stinson compositions from the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra recording ADance to Be-bop.
Dean White grew up in Superior, Wisconsin, and played in various working bands while attending the University of Wisconsin, Superior. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance, he moved to Hollywood, California, to attend Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music. Half-way through the first year, Dean was offered a main showroom gig at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. He was the first drummer in the Legends In Concert Show that still performs in various incarnations across the country today. He left Las Vegas to join Tony Axtell and Toshi Hinata in Tokyo to write and play original music. Since settling back in the Twin Cities, Dean has performed with many groups, including Good, the Bad and the Funky; the Autobody Experience; Century Big Band; Nova Jazz; Big Time Jazz Orchestra; the Shorn Hortz jazz quintet; Power of 10; Jack Knife and the Sharps; Tubby Esquire; Hennessy Brothers jazz; and many others. He has also studied privately with Gordy Knudtson and his Open/Close hand technique. Dean feels blessed to be part of the rich music scene in the Twin Cities.
Contact information: Larry McDonough 651-398-8053 [email protected] http://www.larrymcdonoughjazz.homestead.com
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