The list of great jazz gigs in the Twin Cities this weekend keeps growing.
On Saturday, Chris Bates' Red Five, the band led by the popular bassist, is booked for a show at Jazz at Studio Z.
The band also features saxophonists Chris Thomson and Brandon Wozniak, trumpeter Zack Lozier and the composer's brother, JT Bates, on drums. They'll be playing music from "New Hope," the bassist's exceptional recording from last year.
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They can really swing.
Also set for Saturday is a show by saxophonist Nathan Hanson, percussionist Marc Anderson, bassist Brian Roessler and drummer Davu Seru.
They'll take the stage at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar in St. Paul in a show Seru promises will be "groove-based jazz improvisation."
Just do it.