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The first week of October, Dave Douglas wasn’t only getting ready for his performance in the McGuire Theater, he was also leading a 2-day workshop for some of the Twin Cities’ best high school Jazz musicians, at MacPhail Center for Music. Jazz writer, editor, and photographer Andrea Canter wrote a great blog about it here. We asked […]

Dave Douglas leading an improvisation workshop at MacPhail Center for Music

The first week of October, Dave Douglas wasn’t only getting ready for his performance in the McGuire Theater, he was also leading a 2-day workshop for some of the Twin Cities’ best high school Jazz musicians, at MacPhail Center for Music. Jazz writer, editor, and photographer Andrea Canter wrote a great blog about it here.

We asked the students participating in the workshop to share with us the YouTube links of Jazz songs that they like. Two students picked songs by Brad Mehldau, who happens to be playing here next month.

Here are three selections from students in MacPhail’s Dakota Combo, an audition-required Jazz ensemble led by Adam Linz (of Fat Kid Wednesdays).

Quentin, the Combo’s pianist, recommended the Brad Mehldau Trio playing Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

The video is in two parts:

Emerson, the Combo’s drummer, recommended the Brad Mehldau Trio covering Radiohead’s “Knives Out”:

And Caitlin, one of the Combo’s bassists, recommended John Coltrane performing “Naima” July 27, 1965 in Antibes: