Thursday, December 26, 2013

Faces of the Artists Quarter #23

Snowblind (2013)

© Andrea Canter

Snowblind (2006) with Tom Lewis filling in on bass
Starting out back in 2005, appearing at the 2006 Twin Cities Jazz Festival and often over the next few years at the Dakota, the brass quintet Snowblind has more recently found a comfortable "home stage" at the Artists Quarter. Each of the current members of Snowblind has other affiliations with the AQ: Saxophonist Shilad Sen has played with the Adam Meckler Big Band; both trombonist Scott Agster and trumpeter Adam Rossmiller have been frequent participants in the Pete Whitman X-Tet; drummer Reid Anderson has performed with his own trio; and bassist Graydon Peterson performs often with his own quartet, with Mountain King, and with a long list of pianists, horn players and visiting artists as a first-call sideman.

Together as Snowblind, these musicians have developed a rather quirky coherence via original arrangements of such classics as "Night in Tunisia" and a raft of original compositions from each band member, yielding two recordings to date. Their AQ finale (December 18th) added yet another voice, the vibes of Dave Hagedorn, as the guys paid homage to the compositions of Dave Holland. Noted Dave's wife Gwen re the his invitation to join this still-young ensemble, "He was really excited, like he had an invitation to join the kids in the sandbox." Says a lot when a veteran like Dave finds such excitement as a guest artist for a new generation band.

Whatever the fate of the AQ, we'll surely hear more from Snowblind, and more from each of these individual musicians.

Snowblind finale at the AQ, with Dave Hagedorn on vibes and Adam Meckler filling in on trumpet