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Larry McDonough Quartet Performs “June 25, 1961 – Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard”

June 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


June 25, 2019 – Larry McDonough Quartet Performs “June 25, 1961 – Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard” 58 Years Later to the Day

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Black Dog Café
308 Prince Street at the corner of Prince (4th Street) and Broadway
Lowertown, St. Paul

Larry McDonough Quartet
Larry McDonough, Piano
Richard Terrill, Saxes and Poetry
Greg Stinson, Bass
Dean White, Drums

Families and students are welcome.


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58 years later to the day, the Larry McDonough Quartet will celebrate the two live recordings of legendary pianist and composer Bill Evans, bassist and composer Scott Lafaro, and drummer Paul Motian on June 25, 1961 at the Village Vanguard. “Sunday at the Village Vanguard” and “Waltz for Debby” were the last recordings of this trio, as LaFaro died in a car accident just ten days after the live date at the Village Vanguard. The trio revolutionized jazz, with each member improvising at the same time while performing recognizable pieces.

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Thom Jurek wrote of the album: “This trio is still widely regarded as his finest, largely because of the symbiotic interplay between its members. This is a great place to begin with Evans.” Samuel Chell of All About Jazz wrote “Along with bassist wunderkind Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian, Evans perfected his democratic vision of trio cooperation, where all members performed with perfect empathy and telepathy… It is these performances, currently available as Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby that comprise the number one best jazz live recording in this present series.” The album was included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Come see and hear the show that filled the Aster and Boom Island Brewing Company and Taproom.

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Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Gloria’s Step (Scott LaFaro)
My Man’s Gone Now (George Gershwin)
Solar (Miles Davis)
Alice in Wonderland (Sammy Fain)
All of You (Cole Porter)
Jade Visions (Scott LaFaro)

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Waltz for Debby

My Foolish Heart (Victor Young, Ned Washington)
Waltz for Debby (Bill Evans, Gene Lees)
Detour Ahead (Lou Carter, Herb Ellis, Johnny Frigo)
My Romance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
Some Other Time (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
Milestones (Miles Davis)

Live Recording by the Larry McDonough Trio
Full Recording

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Larry McDonough has specialized in the music of Evans for many years. He has been called the Bill Evans scholar of Minnesota. He grew up listening and transcribing Evan’s music, having seen his live performances in the 1970s. His recent shows of the music of Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Tony Bennett with Bill Evans, have focused on Evan’s role in each ensemble. On the CD “Solitude, poetry in jazz,” McDonough and saxophonist and poet Richard Terrill performed the Evans arrangement of “Some Other Time” along with Terrill’s poem “Bill Evans.”

Larry recently released the double CD set “Alice in Stonehenge and other AcoustElectric Adventures” includes “Alice in Wonderland,” based on the Evan’s arrangement, “Flamenco Sketches,” which Evans performed with Davis on “Kind of Blue,” and “You Must Believe in Spring,” which Evans recorded with Bennett. McDonough has become friends with Evan’s widow Nenette, who talks to McDonough regularly. She provided him with a copy of the manuscript of the early Evans composition “It’s Love, It’s Christmas” that McDonough performs each year in the holiday concert.

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The Larry McDonough Quartet

Larry McDonough is a St. Paul jazz pianist and singer, performing around the world and recording with his group the Larry McDonough Quartet as well as solo, and in duos and trios. He has performed with legendary saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, Trombonist Fred Wesley, and trumpeter Duane Eubanks, as well as a who’s who of local jazz artists, and was inducted into the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame for his work in the group Danny’s Reasons. He has released nine CDs and DVDs as a leader. Alice in Stonehenge and other AcoustElectric Adventures has played on radio stations and streaming services around the world. The CD charted #18 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Jazz Album Chart. Simple Gifts reached number 29 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and also has been played on hundreds of stations around the country and throughout the world. He also is a lawyer and law professor selected by William Mitchell College of Law as one of “100 Who Made a Difference” over the 100-year history of the school. Larry directs pro bono legal services for the poor at Dorsey & Whitney.

Richard Terrill, sax player and Minnesota State University Mankato English Professor, received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry for his poetry compilation “Coming Late to Rachmaninoff” (University of Tampa Press, 2003). Richard has been performing with Larry McDonough since December 2001. He also has performed with guitarist Jim McGuire and with Chaz Draper’s Uptown Jazz Quartet. As a college student, Richard was a member of the award-winning University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble and performed with later-to-be Pat Metheny keyboardist Lyle Mays in the Lyle Mays Quartet, winner of small group honors at the Midwest College Jazz Festival. He has also worked with pianist Geoff Keezer. Richard is a retired English professor from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Bassist Greg Stinson plays in several bands around the Twin Cities. He has been the bass player in the Century College Jazz Ensemble for more than 25 years. He also plays in the CC Septet, Shorn Hortz Quintet, Paul Berger Trio, the St. Croix Jazz Ensemble, and regularly subs with the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Classic Big Band, and Cedar Avenue Big Band. Greg spent many years playing saxophones, guitar, bass, and vocals in jazz/rock and variety bands in the area. He is an active composer/arranger with jazz charts in the books of the Century Band, Nova, CC Septet, and others. He has also written a number of choral arrangements and compositions for school and church groups. Greg was a band and choir director in public and private schools before changing to his career in telecommunications technology, now retired.

Dean White grew up in Superior, Wisconsin, and played in various working bands while attending the University of Wisconsin, Superior. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance, he moved to Hollywood, California, to attend Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music. Half-way through the first year, Dean was offered a main showroom gig at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. He was the first drummer in the Legends In Concert Show that still performs in various incarnations across the country today. He left Las Vegas to join Tony Axtell and Toshi Hinata in Tokyo to write and play original music. Since settling back in the Twin Cities, Dean has performed with many groups, including Good, the Bad and the Funky; the Autobody Experience; Century Big Band; Nova Jazz; Big Time Jazz Orchestra; the Shorn Hortz jazz quintet; Power of 10; Jack Knife and the Sharps; Tubby Esquire; Hennessy Brothers jazz; and many others. He has also studied privately with Gordy Knudtson and his Open/Close hand technique. Dean feels blessed to be part of the rich music scene in the Twin Cities.

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June 25, 2019
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