Boot Camp is an exciting new ensemble led by Minneapolis/New York-based pianist and composer Jeremy Walker. Long a hub for all things jazz in the Minneapolis area, Walker has established himself in the New York jazz community for his unique harmonic vision, and his original music has won the praise of both the media and musicians. Acclaimed trumpeter Ron Miles called it, “music of exceptional beauty… a pianist who reminds me of Ellington and Monk.” Minnpost.com says, “fascinating, warm and inviting with moments of real magic-intricate and sophisticated”.
Beginning on the upright bass in 4th grade Chris Bates has been on a lifelong journey of musical discovery. Chris spent over 15 years studying the instrument with noted classical pedagogue James Clute of the Minnesota Orchestra and renowned jazz bassist Anthony Cox. Raised on a healthy dose of big band jazz and progressive rock Chris’ chameleonic playing has evolved to encompass reggae, funk, country, folk, jazz and classical music.
Saxophonist/composer Chris Thomson is one of the most in-demand reedmen in the area. An alumni of the University of Minnesota, Chris has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mason Jennings, Roma di Luna, S. Carey, Anthony Cox, Dosh, and many others. Chris is on the faculty at Hamline University and MacPhail Center for Music in addition to running his own bustling teaching studio.
J.T. Bates is one of the most adventurous, in-demand percussionists in town. J.T.’s unique and instantly recognizable style of playing coupled with his ability to play such a wide range of musical styles without so much as a periodic blink, makes him a master at the art of improvising and an extremely powerful element on stage and in the studio. He regularly performs with Fat Kid Wednesdays, The Pines, Alpha Consumer and many other ensembles.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“fluid, adventurous, ever-evolving.” — MinnPost
“Walker’s compositions strongly, and effectively, highlight his imagination, which seems as akin to Monk as to Ellington.” — JazzPolice
“This is one way jazz should be: deep, spacious, purposeful, thoughtful. Yet still melodic and, at its core, swinging . . . they played two sets of mostly new music with heart and joy and that warm camaraderie it’s a pleasure to be around as an audience member.” — Bebopified