Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Faces of the Artists Quarter #32


Dean Magraw (2010)


© Andrea Canter

No doubt, one of the most colorful characters to play the Artists Quarter is Dean Magraw, the Dean of all things guitar, especially jazz and improvised music. Dean leads the long-running trio Red Planet (with Chris Bates and Jay Esptein), frequent weekend headliners at the AQ.  Dean's also led some Tuesday gigs "with friends" and has often been one of the collaborators with Carol Martin on New Year's Eve, including the final celebration of 2013.

Dean, New Year's Eve 2013
Bandleader and composer, interpreter of Coltrane and Monk, Dean is also a survivor. A bone marrow transplant put him out of commission a few years ago, but he never lost his lust for the music, and one of his first public gigs after returning to performing was to release his Red Planet recording, Space Dust.

Dean makes amazing music, and he always ensures his audience has a good time.  Sometimes we wonder if he really is from the Red Planet?


This is Number 32 of anticipated 50 "faces" honoring the legacy of the Artists Quarter,  which closed January 1, 2014 after 18 years in St Paul.