Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Dakota

When: Monday, June 1 • Where: DakotaWho: Roy Hargrove, trumpet and flugelhorn; Sullivan Fortner, piano; Justin Robinson, saxophone; Dwayne Burno, bass; Montez Coleman, drums

As always, Roy Hargrove made us glad we went to see him. And his new pianist, Sullivan Fortner, is a knockout. Read a review of last night's late set on MinnPost.


"I'm Not So Sure"
"The Stinger"
"Speak Low"
"Bring It on Home to Me"

Photos by John Whiting.


  1. What a great two nights of music. If I recall correctly, last September the curtain was closed and still there were plenty of empty seats for Hargrove. But Tuesday's final set was packed. I guess word got out.

    I completely agree with your take on Roy's ballad playing: last night I found myself almost singing along to "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" (but thankfully for nearby tables I didn't).

    Who were the two women who joined the quintet on stage for "Bring It on Home to Me"?

  2. Sometimes even when word gets out, people don't show up. I'm glad Roy and his quintet got the audience they deserved.... I was there the second night as well (second set) and will try to post a brief review and more photos. The two women who joined Roy et al. on stage were Debbie Duncan and Ginger Commodore. Debbie often performs at the Dakota and elsewhere around the Twin Cities. She's terrific. Check out her website: http://debbieduncanjazz.com Ginger and her husband Bobby are celebrating their anniversary next weekend (June 12-13) with two nights of performances at the Dakota. Those should be fun. Thanks for reading!

  3. Thanks for the posthaste reply. I thought that was Debbie Duncan but wanted to confirm. Indeed, she's terrific. Before moving to the Twin Cities we made the trek for Sonny Rollins at Ted Mann, but unfortunately it was the time he canceled. We instead saw Debbie at the Dakota and it saved the weekend.

    Speaking of that finale, for a second I thought Roy was possessed by Sam & Dave. He needs a bigger stage--literally.

  4. Sounds great. I'm sorry I had to this show - I love Roy and will go out of my way to hear him any time.


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