Navigate Our Site
Search Site

Free Music Clinics at McNally Smith During Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 29-30th

Clinics on Friday, June 29th






2:30 to 3:30 Francisco Mela (Drum Clinic)

It’s no secret that for most of the 20th Century, Cuban music and musicians played important roles in influencing and revitalizing North American popular culture. From Ernesto Lecuona and Desi Arnaz to Chano Pozo, Paquito D’Rivera and Gloria Estefan, a wide stylistic panorama, from classical to pop and jazz idioms, has been constantly invigorated by the presence of supremely talented Cuban musicians and their distinctive music traditions. Mela is very much a part of that grand and glorious tradition. His imposing talent will be on full display, bearing ear witness to his interactive quartet, featuring saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Sam Yahel, and bassist Matt Penman.






4:00 to 5:00 Delfeayo Marsalis w/ Mark Gross

Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

Mark Gross swings and sings with soul and rhythm along today’s jazz vanguard. He constantly pushes the music forward, while staying true to the elements of the classic sound. Mark Gross has recorded on over 40 notable jazz recording, including 2 GRAMMY winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band – ‘What Goes Around’ on ECM Records, and ‘Overtime’ on Dare 2 Records. Mark has recorded 2 cd’s under his own name to date., ‘Preach Daddy’ on King Records and ‘Riddle of the Sphinx’ on J Curve Records.





5:00 to 6:00 Jon Weber

Chicago-based jazz pianist Jon Weber is a consummate post-bop musician with a lithe technical ability and an ear for complex harmonic compositions. Largely self-taught, Weber displayed a knack for reinterpreting melodies early on and by age 3 could often been found playing children’s tunes on a toy organ. By his teens, he was attempting his own compositions and performing regularly with his jazz quintet occasionally opening for such big names as Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine. Around age 16, Weber began playing guitar and taught himself counterpoint, a skill that eventually garnered him experience arranging for various local ensembles including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Weber’s post-high school years found him attending Wisconsin University and eventually settling in Chicago in the late-’80s. Since that time he has performed and recorded with a wide array of jazz artists. He released his debut album, Jazz Wagon in 1993 and the follow-up, Simple Complex in 2004.

Clinics on Saturday, June 30th






2:00 to 3:00 Arary Orta Latin Jazz Quartet

The Araya-Orta Latin Jazz Quartet is formed by two pairs of brothers: Michael Orta (piano), Nicky Orta (bass), Ramses Araya (percussion) and Carlomoagno Araya (drums). The chemistry shown on stage by these for artists is truly outstanding, not only due to their level of musicianship and because they share the same blood, but also because they have a history that goes back 20 years.

Residing in Miami, Carlomagno and Ramses Araya and Michael and Nicky Orta are among the most prestigious musician on the scene today, not only at the local level but also internationally. As a group, the Araya-Orta Latin Jazz Quartet is one of the most promising jazz quartets on the musical horizon today.






4:30 to 5:30 The Bad Plus w/Joshua Redman .

For the past ten years The Bad Plus Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have inspired such controversy. Their belief in the band ethos and their personal brand of avant-garde populism have put them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement, drawing audiences both traditional and mainstream. While the bulk of their output has been original music, they have deconstructed songs in the pop, rock as well as the country and classical music idioms.






Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. He was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics (jazz, classical, rock, soul, Indian, Indonesian, Middle-Eastern, African) and instruments (recorder, piano, guitar, gatham, gamelan), and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to what became his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone, one year later. The early influences of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley and his father, Dewey Redman, as well as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, The Police and Led Zeppelin drew Joshua more deeply into music.

In addition to his own projects, Redman has recorded and performed with musicians such as Brian Blade, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Goldings, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and many more. Joshua Redman has been nominated for 2 Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle’s final film Vanya on 42nd Street, and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.