Instinct Gallery and the Dakota Jazz Club are VERY pleased to be co-sponsoring a lunch with jazz artist George Maurer from the Dakota and visual artist Rob McBroom from Instinct Art Gallery. There will be excellent food, great conversation, wine tasting, and a tour of the ‘God’s Sketchbook for Creation’ exhibit at Instinct Gallery.
You are invited! Wednesday, December 18, Noon to 2:00(ish). Meet at the Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall.
You must call the Dakota to reserve a seat for this ‘Wine Lunch’ event. 612-332-1010. Cost is $39 (+ tax)/person.
Some Highlights: Two complimentary CD’s from the George Maurer Jazz Group, dessert from the Angel Food Bakery (served at the gallery), lunch and stories with the artists, wine-tasting, gallery tour, and fine cuisine at the Dakota.
Here is who you will be having lunch with:
"It’d be fair to say to say that my basic interests haven’t changed dramatically since my childhood. Anyone familiar with my art will notice ongoing themes like G.I. Joe, Greek mythology, Masters of the Universe, Pez, Batman, animals, old 8-bit video games & any other number of nerdly interests. Suffice to say the subject of almost everything I make has something to do with that sort of hoo-haw or just my own everyday experiences."
Read what Mary Abbe says in her article about Rob McBroom here
George’s innate interest in many forms of music and his versatility as a performer have led him on many collaborative adventures. Jazz fans know him from his regular gigs with the George Maurer Jazz Group at acclaimed Twin Cities venue The Dakota Jazz Club and also his collaborations with vocalists such as Debbie Duncan, Prudence Johnson, Ruth McKenzie and Ann Michels. The nine-piece George Maurer Jazz Group and rambunctious George Maurer Jazz Trio have wowed crowds, sold out venues and earned stellar reviews across Minnesota. They infuse their shows with humor, wit and musicianship, earning them a spot among the Midwest’s jazz elite.
"I live my life in widening circles" (to quote my favorite poet, Rilke). I've lived on Indian reservations (and performed in country western bands as a result…truly it can be said I joined a band of Indians…), have performed in every single state in the USA except Maine, have played rock and roll with Buddy Holly's Crickets, Bobby Vee and Eric Clapton, and more recently have been working on composition projects that have brought me to Prague, Paris, and now Berlin. When I’m not composing, I’ve been the Music Director of the original cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys, and have fully orchestrated these Tony and Pulitzer awarded actors show for full symphony orchestra. We close our current symphony tour next June with 2 nights on stage at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony performing Maurer Motown arrangements and more. I give grandmother Elle Fontenot, the painter, some of the credit for my way of hearing music as 'color'.
But I'm mainly a composer and piano player who happens to have been the bandleader for the last 15 years for the George Maurer Group. And, as anyone at the Dakota will say, when the George Maurer Group hits the stage, we come across as just one big happy, bickering, loud, irreverent, colorful family."
Instinct Art Gallery and the Dakota Jazz Club look forward to hosting you!