Jazz at Studio Z
Doug Little Quartet
Saxophonist Doug Little will light up Studio Z for one night with jazz and more. Repertoire will include the material Little played at jazz festivals in Europe and Asia and recorded with pianists Craig Taborn and Giacomo Aula (Italy). In addition to the hard swing and funky beat, expect a dose of Latin beats inspired by Little’s many trips to Cuba.
Featuring pianist Peter Schmike, bassist Jeff Brueske, and others, concert starts at 7:00p. Advance tickets are $12 (and highly encouraged to help us with staffing) or $15 at the door.
Free Master Class on "THE REPERTOIRE" at 6:00p
Little will discuss the importance and development of a personal repertoire, songs that should showcase but challenge the performing artist.
Doug Little's distinctive sound reflects his roots in American jazz and his deep immersion into Latin music. Little has released ten CDs as a leader or co-leader and appeared on concert tours throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. As a composer he has written for small groups to full orchestra. As a musician Little has appeared in concert with Chuchito Vadés, Joe Lovano, Bob Berg, Stanley Jordan, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Wess, and Latin Grammy Nominees Tiempo Libre.
A veteran of the Twin Cities jazz scene, in the 1990’s Little co-founded the innovative jazz sextet, Motion Poets, which released 3 CDs and toured extensively throughout the United States. Following that band, Little established the Doug Little Quartet, which released to two more CDs, “Subtle Differences” and “The Phoenix.” The quartet toured Europe several times with stellar pianist Giacomo Aula.
Since 2002 Little has been extremely active with Latin music. He has received multiple research grants to study in Cuba, traveling to the island a dozen times. In 2015 his 11-piece group Charanga Tropical became the first American ensemble ever to perform as Havana’s prestigious International Danzón Festival. As part of its weeklong tour the ensemble performed at multiple venues in and around the city of Havana and also recorded its CD “In Cuba” at EGREM, the same studios where Buena Vista Social Club was recorded.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Jazz at Studio Z features a diverse lineup of Minnesota's greatest jazz musicians and is dedicated to providing the community with greater access to the music and the opportunity to learn directly from the musicians at the workshops each month.
Tickets can be securely purchased by credit card or through your PayPal account in advance, or by cash, check, or credit card at the door. Tickets purchased online will be held at the door.