April showers bring May flowers. And April snow showers bring on the desire for more caffeine apparently. True to form and just like usual I've some gigs coming up soon, so here is some short notice. I sure would love it if you could come to them all--do what you can, OK?
The most significant of these May concerts will be the ones with my friend Jean-Brice Godet who will be returning from Paris for a brief visit. Jean-Brice is a fantastic clarinet and bass clarinet player with a stunningly broad palette of sounds at his disposal. I met him in Paris a few years ago, and he came to MN for some concerts last summer. It is my extreme pleasure to play with him! You won't want to miss these.
So now imagine, that Jean-Brice will join forces with Fantastic Merlins at what may be my favorite venue in St. Paul. Almost too much, right? Friday, May 16 at Sweet 317, 8 pm. $10 Suggested Donation. All ages. BYOB. Super-comfortable listening environment run by two of the sweetest people I've ever met. If you only go to one show this year, you should get out more. And this should be the one.
On Sunday, May 18, from 4-6 pm, stay close to your radio. Jean-Brice and I (and some guests) will be performing live on Radio K's Sound Grammar show. 770 AM, 100.7 & 104.5 FM in the Twin Cities. Radiok.org everywhere within reach of the internet. We'll play some music, chat and share some records with Sam our genial host.
Monday, May 19, join us at Icehouse in Minneapolis for Fantastic Merlins with Jean-Brice Godet.
The Icehouse is a great place for music, and we're happy to be back on that stage. The Atlantis Quartet will share the evening with us.
OTHER NEWS TO KNOW AND SHARE
Friday, May 2 I'll be joining Todd Harper at his regular Jazz Happy Hour at the Black Dog. Todd and I have been friends and collaborators for a long time. We always have a great time together, and today will be no exception. More than Jazz, More than Happy, More than an Hour.
Todd Harper, piano, voice, exhuberance; Nathan Hanson, soprano saxophone
Friday May 23 Another with Todd Harper at the Black Dog, but this time it's an extravaganza on the eve of Todd's Birthday. Todd Harper, Nathan Hanson, saxophones; Peter Leggett, drums; Andrew Foreman, bass; Larry Sims, trumpet; Howard Bivens, trumpet, more guests TBA.
Friday May 30 I am thrilled to be playing again with Davu Seru, as he presents Click Song (at the Black Dog) an ongoing project of groove, freeplay, and exciting twists and turns. Davu Seru, drums; Marc Anderson, percussion; Nathan Hanson, saxophones; Donald Washington, saxophones; Brian Courage, bass.
I hope to see you all!
Please say hello.