Monday, December 30, 2013

Faces of the Artists Quarter #29


Pat Mallinger (2013)


© Andrea Canter

From its first days on Nicollet through its (apparently) last days in the Hamm Building, the Artists Quarter has been an incubator of jazz talents. Not only have many young musicians played their first pro gigs at the AQ, but, at an earlier point in their development, many aspiring artists first heard live jazz at the AQ. Saxophonist Pat Mallinger was one of those young teens finding inspiration at the AQ -- first as a junior high schooler hearing Richie Cole on Nicollet. Even as young pro, Pat recalls hearing old high school pal Bill Carrothers at the AQ on Jackson Street. And now, a seasoned pro based in Chicago, Pat has enjoyed collaborations with Bill, including recent quartet dates at the AQ.

Pat Mallinger (2005)
Pat still has family in the Twin Cities, and holidays home often mean a weekend at the AQ, including New Year's Eve in 2012 and Thanksgiving weekend in 2013. His most recent CD was titled Home on Richmond, referring to his Chicago home base. But his gigs could be dubbed Home at the AQ, because whenever he plays here, it feels like home, not just to Pat, but to those of us in the audience who eagerly await every "homecoming."  

Pat makes all of his saxes--tenor, alto, soprano--sing, sometimes with the force of an orchestra, sometimes with the delicacy of vocalist, and always with the strength and honesty of his musical convictions, providing inspiration to the fledgling talents that have been part of the AQ's audience on any given night.

Pat Malligner Quartet (2013)