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At the final Talking Volumes event of the 2013 season, crime novelist (and jazz lover) Michael Connelly said he was co-producing a documentary about Minneapolis-born jazz saxophonist Frank Morgan, who died in 2007. Connelly said he often listens to jazz when he writes, especially when he's writing about his popular detective hero Harry ("Hieronymous") Bosch.
Connelly said that Morgan's family members, some of whom were in the audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Tuesday, had been very helpful in making the documentary, "Sound of Redemption," which Connelly said is likely to be released in spring 2014.
Morgan was born in Minneapolis in 1933, raised mostly in Milwaukee and then moved to Los Angeles, where drugs soon led him to an adult life spent in and out of prison. His late-in-life comeback began in the mid-1980s, and included gigs at the Dakota in Minneapolis, after he moved back to Minneapolis in 2005. The Morgan documentary is being directed by N.C. Heikin, and includes interviews as well as archival footage. James Egan is another producer.
Connelly has written about his love of Morgan's music, and how he came to the idea that detective Bosch would love it, too.
Xcel Energy Center GM Jack Larson, Jimmy Buffett & his Mpls-bred wardrobe stylist Helen Hiatt -- she wasn't responsible for the custom-made Wild jersey/ Xcel photo
Was Tuesday’s Xcel Energy Center audience the most sober crowd in the long history of Jimmy Buffett’s touring? Or at least in Buffett’s history in the Twin Cities?
Was it because it was Tuesday? The economy? The fact that tickets already cost as much as $136? Holiday budget stress?
At least the two women on either side of my seats were pregnant so we know why they weren’t drinking. And I surprisingly didn’t smell any reefer – a stark contrast to the Jay Z crowd on Saturday at the X.
Not that you can’t have a good time at the Old Tropical Buffett if you’re sober. It was a fun time, as my review indicated.
Maybe there were too many covers – from Crowded House to Crosby, Stills & Nash -- for some fans at the expense of such faves as “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” (which has long been absent from his sets) and “Livingston Saturday Night.”
Maybe Buffett is catering too much to the country crowd by tossing in Zac Brown’s “Knee Deep” and Alan Jackson’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” both of which hit records feature Buffett cameos. Whatever.
Twice on Tuesday, Buffett acknowledged Minnesota’s own Bob Dylan for having performed Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks at Forty” (most famously in a 1982 live duet with Joan Baez in Pasadena, Calif.). So Buffett said he was returning the favor by doing two Dylan tunes.
Here’s Buffett’s set list from Tuesday:
St. Somewhere/ Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)/ Boat Drinks/ Pencil Thin Moustache/ Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitudes/ Havana Daydreamin’/ It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (Alan Jackson)/ Come Monday/ Son of a Son of a Sailor/Jamaica Mistaica/ Too Drunk to Karaoke/ Cheeseburger in Paradise/ Cultural Infidel (featuring Nadirah Shakoor) acoustic set Piece of Work/ Volcano/ Southern Cross (Crosby Stills & Nash) full band Weather with You (Crowded House)/ Knee Deep (Zac Brown Band)/ Pirate Looks at 40/ One Particular Harbour/ Back Where I Come From (Kenny Chesney, written by Buffett sideman Mac McAnally)/ Fins ENCORE All Night Long (Lionel Richie)/ Margaritaville ENCORE 2 Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)/ Girl from the North Country (Bob Dylan)
Michael Jackson and Madonna already got theirs. So have Beyonce, Drake and Adele. Cher and 50 Cent, too.
Now Prince is going to be profiled in a comic-book biography. It’s called “Fame: Prince,” published by Bluewater Productions. The 32-page comic, offered in both digital (at iTunes) and print formats (at Comic Flea Market), is available with two different covers.
Bluewater has collaborated with William Shatner, Ray Harryhausen and Vincent Price on comic projects. Next up in its biography series are Johnny Depp and Sharon Osbourne.
“Fame: Prince” author Michael Frizell admits to preferring Prince over Jackson. "Writing [it] was like reliving my teenage years,” he said in a statement. “For me, the music scene wasn’t defined by Michael Jackson, despite his success with Thriller. The 80’s, and music in general for me, were defined by Prince. He takes chances in his music, doesn’t sell out as an artist in order to make money, and still ends up on top.”
In a decadent and grandiose fashion befitting the artist, Rhymesayers announced tonight its rather no-duh signing of Prof, the devilishly tongued south Minneapolis rapper who has brandished a mini-kingdom all on his own but has also already been in cahoots with his new label.
“I’m just trying to do what Macklemore would do,” Prof joked in a mock press conference featured in a promo video to announce the signing. The video – which starts with Rhymesayers co-founder Slug taking Prof to town on his private plane – is too vulgar to post here. So is Prof’s new single “The Reply,” which Rhymesayers also dropped tonight to accompany the announcement. Prof also hosted a live Q&A via Ustream tonight, which isn’t archived but probably was also too profane for our purposes.
The news caps off what was already a breakout year for the real-life Jacob Anderson, 29, who (in order): made in-roads nationally on the Road to Paid Dues Tour in the spring; sold out a two-nighter at First Avenue and made the cover of both the Star Tribune A&E sections and City Pages in April; marveled the crowd from one of the big stages at Rhymesayers’ Soundset festival in May on literally an hour’s notice (filling in for no-show Busta Rhymes); and then packed the Cabooze Plaza in September.
Some of Prof’s earlier successes were also under the Rhymesayers umbrella, starting with the first Welcome to Minnesota Tour in 2000 and a subsequent national trek on Atmosphere’s Family Values Tour.
Look for a new Prof record next year, which looks to be something of a reboot year for Rhymesayers. Slug’s Atmosphere also has a new disc on deck, and the label also recently signed a fresh newcomer to its roster, St. Paul wiz kid Dem Atlas.
With the Minnesota Orchestral Association's annual meeting set for Dec. 11, the locked-out musicians are getting out their version of the past year a couple of days earlier. The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will hold a public meeting next Monday, Dec. 9, at the downtown Hilton, which sits across from Orchestra Hall.
The Musicians say they will unveil a new mission statement "that they will work to fulfill in the years going forward, with or without the Minnesota Orchestral Association."
The Musicians have formed a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $300,000 since August.
The meeting Monday will be at 10:30 in the Duluth Room of the Hilton, at 1001 Marquette Av. S., Mpls.
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