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Irv Williams and Billy Peterson release new record

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Funkytown participant Irv Williams, a Minnesota saxophone legend, will turn 95 next month and is celebrating together with Funkytown co-host Billy Peterson (bass) and guitarist Steve Blons the release of a new record.

The new tunes of "Then Was Then, Now is Now” give jazz aficionados a chance to hear a fresh, regenerative, and unbeatable musical artistry of an exceptional jazz trio, with each of them having deep Twin Cities connections as well as international standings in the world jazz scene and far beyond.

Back in the day, Williams was already a swinging, soulful tenorman, who backed the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams or Billy Eckstine before he settled in the Twin Cities in the 1940s, and numerous album releases were to follow. Williams' technique along with the willingness to continuously record and perform new tunes with adventurous musicians like Peterson and Blons gives jazz aficionados a chance to hear a fresh, regenerative, and unbeatable musical artistry.
Peterson, who is also well-know in the world of rock as the bassist of the Steve Miller Band, with whom he shared the stage and the studio for 23 years. But he also shared his talent with artists like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Leo Kottke, Billy Preston or Les Paul.
Blons is an exceptional jazz guitar player who has been active since more than 5 decades; he is also in high demand in the position as a liturgist and educator.

The album release will be celebrated at the The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) located in South Minneapolis on Saturday, 26th of July 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 ($25 for TMORA members), and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com and may be available at the door (limited seating).



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