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Continued: Ivory towers: 3 keys to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival

  • Article by: BRITT ROBSON , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 27, 2013 - 2:25 PM

Signature sound: Weber is a physically commanding presence at the piano, with a snazzy facility best showcased on stride and boogie woogie tunes. That flair, plus his ability to play almost any tune in any genre, has made him an ideal ringmaster for the AQ’s late-night jam sessions during the fest.

Desert island disc: In 2004, he threw a wrench in his reputation as a stride-piano showman by releasing “Simple Complex,” a collection of challenging arrangements and knotty time signatures, with a star-studded lineup that includes Roy Hargrove, Gary Burton and Eric Alexander.

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  • TWIN CITIES JAZZ FESTIVAL

    When/where: 4-10 p.m. Fri., 1-10 p.m. Sat., Mears Park, at Sibley and E. 5th Streets, St. Paul. Free.

    Also: There’s free music Sat. in downtown St. Paul near the Union Depot and Farmers Market. Plus, various downtown bars are featuring jazz sets all week long.

    More info: twincitiesjazz festival.com

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