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Dick's Den Residency: Danny Bauer

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by Andrew Patton on June 28, 2016

July’s installment of the Wednesday residency program at Dick’s Den will see a wide array of modern jazz styles come to the stage courtesy of host Danny Bauer (photo by Rickie McCanna). The keyboardist and Capital grad has been an integral part of the local jazz scene in recent years, leading groups including Safety Squad and holding down the piano chair for the Pete Mills Quartet at the Park Street Tavern Tuesday Jazz Jam. The four excellent shows Bauer has booked for his residency are a bit bittersweet – these dates are some of the last chances to see him play original music in Columbus for the foreseeable future as he leaves for the graduate program at the University of North Texas in mid-August. So seize the opportunity to see a variety of his new and old bands, all featuring some of the greatest young talent in the area, while you can! Each week’s show will start around 9:30pm and cover is $4. Bauer was kind enough to give us details on each week’s show – keep reading to learn more:

Wednesday, July 6th: Danny Bauer Trio Featuring Aaron Holbrook

Danny Bauer – Piano
Ryan Folger – Drumset
Marty Quinn – Bass
Aaron Holbrook – Alto Saxophone

Danny Bauer: I met Aaron at the Park Street Tavern jam session a few weeks ago and we really hit it off right away! He hails from Columbus but has been in New York City for the past 10 years and I’m excited to have him playing with us. We will be doing standards, not-so-standards, and originals ranging in different improvised styles.

July 13th: Safety Squad

Danny Bauer – Keyboards
Andrew Willard – Keyboards
Matthiessen Nisch Quan – Drumset
Kramer Sell – Percussion
John “Philip” Allen – Bass
Aroh Pandit – Trumpet
Justin Dickson – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
Chase Potter – Violin
Zakk Jones – Guitar
Jordan Millisor – Guitar

Safety Squad is my baby. This is a fusion band that plays the music of Snarky Puppy, with an ever growing output of original material. Expect new tricks up our sleeves every time we play, and expect to be on your feet and GROOVIN’!

July 20th: Danny Bauer Quartet

Danny Bauer – Fender Rhodes, Moog Synth
Ryan Folger – Drumset
Zakk Jones – Guitar
Alex Burgoyne – Alto Sax

The DBQ has only played a handful of gigs, but each one has been quite significant to the four of us. I love taking on double duty and covering the bass part in my left hand on the synthesizer. Alex, Zakk, and Ryan are so fun to play with in this incredibly exploratory and creative ensemble. We will be playing primarily original music, with some unique takes on jazz standards and pop music. Expect this one to get weird and wild!

July 27th: Wake Fold (Featuring Chase Potter and Justin Dickson)

Danny Bauer – Rhodes, Moog
Zakk Jones – Guitar
Will Strickler – Bass
Matthiessen Nisch Quan – Drumset
Chase Potter – Violin
Justin Dickson – Tenor and Soprano Sax

Wake Fold was my first band that I was part of for most of my time at Capital. Will wrote a song that he wanted to perform at Capital’s NOW Festival student composers recital, and asked Matthiessen and I to join him. We agreed to start playing and had Zakk join as well. This band was very special to me because when we first started we were young and did not know what we were doing. We had long and late rehearsals where we would struggle through music that was way too hard for us, but we really learned a lot about how to play in a band from this group. While we were in school we performed at many venues around town, played a few festivals, and recorded an album of Christmas music that we arranged. The last time that Wake Fold played together was definitely more than two years ago, so I am excited to get this group back together. Since we haven’t played together in so long, we will hopefully be bringing in mostly new material, and we are excited to bring Justin and Chase in for this gig!

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