Had an interview in the studio this Tuesday with vocalist and producer Jay Bee from JB & The Routine who appear every Tuesday night at the Minnesota Music Cafe. We talked about a rally for a badly injured musician, saxophone man Pat Macken, who was hit by a car a month ago. This Sunday, January 4th, there will be a gathering of musicians at MMC to send our love and support to Pat and his family as he undergoes yet more surgery. The event is called "Minnesota Music Rally for Pat Macken". More info at Caring Bridge.com.
Aaron Hedenstrom (sax) was my guest today. The Saint Paul native is in town for the holidays. I played a couple of tunes from his brand new CD, A Moment of Clarity, the release of which is being celebrated with a concert at Studio Z in Saint Paul. The only older music I played was from Willis Jackson, otherwise all songs were from 2014 releases, including music by Mark Elf, Bob Dorough, Julie Kelly, Rufus Reid, and the Fred Hirsh Trio.