Joel Shapira Guitarist

A "Bottomless Pit" of Talent: Joel Shapira's New Quartet at the Black Dog, January 17

by Andrea Canter
Friday, 16 January 2015

Bottomless Pit
Bottomless Pit (photo ©Andrea Canter)

Guitarist Joel Shapira has been busy lately. In addition to his frequent solo gigs and pairing with vocalist Charmin Michelle ("Charmin and Shapira"), Joel has performed regularly at the Dakota with the expanded Charmin and Shapira and Friends, released a guitar duo recording with New Yorker Jack DeSalvo and another (earlier this month) with Dean Granros, recorded during the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Now he's assembled a new quartet which debuts in St. Paul Saturday, January 17 at 8:30 pm as the headliner on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series. All stars in their own right, members of Bottomless Pit include saxophonist Pete Whitman, bassist Tom Lewis, and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt.

Friday, 09 January 2015

Jazz: Joel Shapira and Dean Granros CD Release

Friday: It's a CD release event for two of the Twin Cities' top jazz guitarists, Joel Shapira and Dean Granros. The self-produced disc, "Jazz Guitar Duets," was recorded last June at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival in Mears Park. The eclectic CD includes newly rearranged renditions of tunes by Ornette Coleman, Rodgers & Hart, Sonny Rollins and Jerome Kern, among others. 8 p.m., Black Dog Cafe, corner of Fourth and Broadway, St. Paul; suggested donation $20-$5; 651-228-9274 or

-- Dan Emerson

Joel Shapira and Dean Granros: CD Celebration at the Black Dog

by Andrea Canter
Thursday, 08 January 2015

Jazz Guitar Duets - Joel Shapira & Dean GranrosAbout a year ago, Twin Cities' guitarist Joel Shapira needed a stand-in for his New York-based partner Jack DeSalvo, who was unable to make the trek to Minnesota to celebrate their new recording, Inherence. For the CD release gig at the Black Dog, Shapira found a willing "sub" in Minnesota's own guitar guru, Dean Granros. The result was not a duplication of the Shapira-DeSalvo magic, but a new partnership, and a stunning one at that. Since that night, Shapira and Granros have furthered their collaboration, now captured as Jazz Duets: Live at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Art Bunker Recordings). No stand-in needed this time - Shapira and Granros will return to the Black Dog on January 9 (8 pm) to celebrate the CD release at its point of origin.

Vintage Guitar

Inherence - Joel Shapira & Jack DeSelvoJack DeSalvo and Joel Shapira - Inherence

New York-based DeSalvo and St. Paul’s Shapira have shaped a duo record showcasing their incredible jazz chops while displaying tons of heart. Several of the songs are DeSalvo originals, alongside four Wayne Shorter pieces and two cuts basically improvised on the spot. This is truly a feast for guitar and jazz lovers, revealing new insights with every listen.

– JH, Vintage Guitar Magazine

"Inherence": Joel Shapira Celebrates Duo Guitar Release at the Black Dog

by Andrea Canter
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Inherence - Joel Shapira & Jack DeSelvoFormer student and mentor, guitarists Joel Shapira and Jack DeSalvo, reunited recently via the internet, and soon found themselves in a New Jersey recording studio. The result is Inherence (Unseen Rain Records), an intriguing and luminous set of guitar duos which Shapira --sans DeSalvo--will celebrate on February 5th at the Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul's Lowertown Arts District. Standing in for DeSalvo (unable to get to Minnesota from the East Coast) will be Minnesota's own guitar guru, Dean Granros.

St. Paul native Joel Shapira studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the Mannes School of Music in New York City, as well as with Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, Sharon Isbin, and Anthony Cox. Active in the Twin Cities for the past 16 years, he leads his trio and quartet, provides the instrumental half of the popular duo, Charmin (Michelle) and Shapira and coleads their expanded Charmin and Shapira and Friends. He's led the ensembles Triplicate and Pooches Playhouse and frequently appears with Dean Magraw, Pete Whitman, John Devine, Vic Volare, and a who's who list of area vocalists. Joel's previous recordings include two releases with Charmin Michelle (Pure Imagination, Dawning and Daylight), his quartet debut (Open Lines) and two albums with Triplicate (Triplicate, Day and Age).

Pioneer Press

Jazz and classical: Joel Shapira CD release

Wednesday 2/5/14: The Black Dog in Lowertown will host a CD release party for St. Paul-based jazz and classical guitarist Joel Shapira's self-produced album of guitar duets, "Inherence" (Unseen Rain Records). Shapira collaborated with his former guitar teacher and mentor, Jack DeSalvo, on the project they recorded last January at a New Jersey studio. The intriguing disc includes four DeSalvo originals, rearrangements of four compositions by saxophone icon Wayne Shorter and two original pieces Shapira and DeSalvo improvised in the studio. At the Black Dog, Shapira will play duets with Twin Cities-based guitarist Dean Granros. 7:30 p.m.; Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul; $5; 651-228-9274 or
-- Dan Emerson

Return of the Student

CD captures chemistry between a Master and his former apprentice

by Bill Stieger
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Joel ShapiraLong-time Mentor. Every artist worth his chops has had one if not more. Whether it is through the inspiration of another artists work or the time spent in a personal apprenticeship, every artist stands on the shoulders of his predecessors.

For a former apprentice to return to his mentor and collaborate is rare, but that is exactly what Highland Park  guitarist Joel Shapira has done with his former teacher, Jack DeSalvo. Shapira and DeSalvo have recorded a new album of jazz guitar duets titled “lnherence”. Its release will be celebrated with a concert from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince St. in St.Paul’s Lowertown.

“I met Jack in Tower Records in Greenwich Village,” Shapira said. “Great musicians worked and hung out at Tower.  Right away, just by talking, I could tell that ]ack and I had a lot of musical common ground. We both played with our fingers, like flamenco guitarists, instead of using picks. We shared a love of classical music as well as jazz. I ended up studying guitar and music theory with Jack. He taught me about the commitment involved in playing jazz, especially in New York City, where great players were a dime a dozen.”

Shapira credits social media for bringing about the reunion with his former mentor. “I hadn’t had contact with Jack for 20 years,” he said, “but the Internet changed everything. A couple of searches and—boom! — there he was. l’d chat with him about going out to New York to record duets with him at his brother's studio in New Jersey...”

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Joel Shapira : 2013 Twin Cities Jazz Festival and more...

Joel Shapira Trio

One of the area’s pre-eminent acoustic guitarists, JOEL SHAPIRA is also one of the most eclectic, performing solo, in duo with Charmin Michelle (Charmin & Shapira), and in more adventurous trio and quartet settings. With his trio at the Black Dog on Saturday, June 29th (9 pm), he’ll be interacting with two veterans of modern jazz, tasteful bassist Tom Lewis and internationally renowned drummer, Eric Kamau Gravatt. The trio will be warming up over the next week, so you can get a preview this weekend at Shanghai Bistro in Hudson and on June 11th at Hell’s Kitchen!

Charmin & Shapira at the Dakota, January 3rd, 2013

by Andrea Canter
Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Joel ShapiraLong-time musical partners, vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira, start the new year on savvy, swinging notes with “Charmin and Shapira and Friends at the Dakota on Thursday, January 3rd. For this first “Foodie Night” of 2013, they will be joined by their extended ensemble, including saxophonist Paul Harper, bassist Bruce Heine, and drummer Nathan Norman.

Joel Shapira studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the Mannes School of  Music in New York City, as well as with Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, Sharon Isbin, and Anthony Cox. Active in the Twin Cities for many years, he co-leads his own small jazz groups (including Triplicate, Pooch’s Playhouse and the Joel Shapira Quartet) as well as playing classical duets with saxophonist/flutist Paul Harper and providing the instrumental half of Charmin & Shapira.  He has frequently appeared with John Devine, Doug Little, Vic Volare, Larry McDonough, and Lee Engele, among others. His business Joel Shapira Productions provides music for weddings and private events. In addition to releasing two recordings as Charmin & Shapira (including the 2011 release, Dawning and Daylight), Joel recently released his debut quartet album, Open Lines.

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Charmin & Shapira : Two Gigs, Two Venues for Late October

by Andrea Canter
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Charmin & ShapiraLong-time musical partners, vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira, bring their savvy, swinging “Charmin and Shapira” sound to both sides of the Twin Cities in the next week. On Thursday, October 25, they help celebrate the opening of a new music venue, the Third Floor in the old “Vintage” mansion in St. Paul. Then on Monday, October 29, the pair preside at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis for a “Foodie Night.” At the Dakota, they will be joined by their extended ensemble, including saxophonist Paul Harper, bassist Tom Lewis and drummer Nathan Norman.

As on their first duo recording (Pure Imagination), on Dawning and Daylight, Charmin and Shapira mine classics from the Great American Songbook; jazz standards from Wes Montgomery, Horace Silver, Monk, and Ellington; and a beauty from Gordon Jenkins, all augmented by “friends, saxophonist Paul Harper, bassist Tom Lewis and drummer Nathan Norman, and brought to a high sonic standard by engineer Matthew Zimmerman at Wild Sound Studios. The principles similarly give us a high standard of artistry—Charmin’s pitch-perfect, buttercreamed storytelling; Joel’s wide-ranging, fleet-fingered, often delicate gymnastics.

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Joel Shapira Quartet, Open Lines (2011)

Review by Don Berryman
Sunday, June 5, 2011

Open Lines - Joel Shapira QuartetIf anyone needed a reminder that we have an amazing depth of jazz talent in the Twin Cities, they would find it in the solid new release from the Joel Shapira Quartet, Open Lines. Dispensing classic jazz guitar sound from his Gibson, Joel Shapira has been very busy having also just released his second duet album with vocalist Charmin Michelle, Dawning and Daylight. Although he co-founded and has recorded two great albums with the trio Triplicate, this is Joel's first recording leading a quartet. For his quartet project Joel recruited tenor saxophonist Pete Whitman. Whitman is well known as the composer and bandleader behind the Pete Whitman X-tet (which got a four star review from Downbeat) but here he demonstrates his astounding ability as a soloist. Filling out the quartet are first-call bassist Tom Lewis and drummer Dave Schmalenberger. Taking their set list from instrumental favorites including compositions by jazz greats Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, etc., they show that there is still something original to say.

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Joel Shapira Celebrates Release of "Open Lines" at Hell's Kitchen

by Andrea Canter
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Charmine Michelle
Joel Shapira
©Andrea Canter

Over the past few months, Twin Cities-based guitarist Joel Shapira and his quartet have been previewing Open Lines, a spirited set that brings together an outstanding bop and beyond ensemble with saxophonist Pete Whitman, bassist Tom Lewis and drummer Dave Schmalenberger. On May 19 at Hell’s Kitchen, Open Lines finally gets its proper CD Release Party. 

Hear the Joel Shapira Quartet play tunes from Open Lines at Hell’s Kitchen, 80 S. 9th Street in downtown Minneapolis, 6-9 pm on May 19th. CD available at the show or CD Baby.


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Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira CD Release

by Pamela Espeland
Friday, April 22, 2011

Dawning and DaylightA class act through and through. Lovely, elegant singer Charmin Michelle and virtuoso guitarist Joel Shapira, longtime collaborators on the Twin Cities music scene, have made their second CD together, after Pure Imagination (2005). 

Just out, Dawning and Daylight is what they do best: jazz standards and classics from the Great American Songbook. This will be a night of beautiful music, swinging and soulful, pitch-perfect and impeccably performed. 

Friday, 9 p.m., Artists’ Quarter in the basement of the Hamm Building, St. Paul. $10.

Charmin and Shapira, "Dawning and Daylight"

by Andrea Canter
Thursday, 10 February 2011

If you live in or near the Twin Cities, you are probably already familiar with the succulent duo sounds of songbird Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira, the longstanding “Charmin and Shapira.” And if they are a new find, what a treat! As on their debut release, Pure Imagination (2005), on the new Dawning and Daylight they augment the ensemble with “friends” Paul Harper (tenor sax), Tom Lewis (bass), and Nathan Norman (drums), and this time, on two tracks, bring in Dave Schmalenberger on congas... 

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Critique: "Dawning and Daylight" (CD)

Charmin and Shapira
02/09/11 - By Leslie Connors

“Dawning and Daylight” is the kind of album that should be released on vinyl. It has that Southern roots feel to it, offering a slice of Americana that most contemporary jazz recordings eschew. Smooth but not smooth jazz, “Dawning and Daylight” is an alternative to the cookie-cutter commercialism that has infected the genre for decades now. Charmin and Shapira cover well-worn jazz staples with the no-frills arrangements and bluesy undertow that immortalized them to begin with...

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And All that jazz...

by Bill Stieger - 12/22/10
Joel Shapira - Twin Cities Jazz GuitaristJoel Shapira is that rarest of jazz musicians—a busy one. The Highland Park guitarist's secret to success is a combination of talent, flexibility and business acumen. "I play with a lot of different groups." Shapira said and not all of them are jazz-oriented. And that's OK with me. Jazz is my first love and the reason I play guitar, but I'm happy to play different styles of music." Besides booking his own jazz quartet, Shapira plays the classical guitar at weddings, performs with Vic Volare's eight-piece swing band, accompanies jazz vocalist Charmin Michelle, provides the musical entertainment at corporate functions and leads the liturgical band at a Lutheran church in Maplewood.

"Playing music is the only thing I've ever wanted to do," Shapira said. "But I have to spend as much time just making sure I get to play it, which is the business part of it...

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Jazz Times Review: "Open Lines"

by Robert Sutton - 11/22/10
Open Lines - Joel Shapira QuartetCoolness is defined by action, not words. Joel Shapira approaches guitar playing like a veteran baseball player on a hot streak would approach the plate, brimming with an obvious yet calm swagger. When he swings for the fences, there’s no obnoxious boasting, just an easy self-confidence that is bred from years of experience and a complete understanding of the game. On “Open Lines,” Shapira never hogs the spotlight, doesn’t let the musicians that fill his quartet take a passenger seat. Instead, he’s a team player that isn’t afraid to share a groove even when he’s smoking all over it.

A collection of jazz standards and Latin songs, “Open Lines” invigorates older material like drinking ice tea at the end of a desert journey. Pete Whitman’s towering tenor saxophone and Dave Schmalenberger’s steady drumming set its swinging rhythm on “Simone” but Shapira’s guitars weave webs of translucent harmony. As Shapira continues to jam, his fingers working all sorts of unexplainable magic, Whitman’s sax sways to its intoxicating spirit. Ornette Coleman’s “Turnaround” is given a similarly inspired treatment as Whitman’s saxophone offers an upbeat and laid-back framework from which Shapira cuts loose on his guitar.

The Joel Shapira Quartet’s version of Miles Davis’ “Nardis” is a dazzler. Tom Lewis’ deep, mesmerizing bass lines and Schmalenberger’s punchy drums provide the backbone for Shapira’s wintry, reflective guitars. On “How Insensitive,” it doesn’t seem as Shapira is playing anymore but actually painting; each carefully plucked note is like the stroke of an artist’s brush. In other words, it is breathlessly gorgeous. Dreamy textures elevate “It Could Happen to You” and “Time Remembered,” evoking the kind of sentimental imagery that music is supposed to do.

Throughout it all Shapira keeps his cool, never wavering in his goal of simply knocking you out with his impeccable guitar playing.

Jazz Times Article

New StringsOctober 28, 2010

by Andrea Canter
Open Lines - Joel Shapira QuartetGuitarist Joel Shapira and his quartet have been previewing Open Lines, a spirited set that brings together an outstanding bop and beyond ensemble with saxophonist Pete Whitman, bassist Tom Lewis and drummer Dave Schmalenberger. They aired some of these tunes at Hell’s Kitchen last week and an official CD release party is in the works. But meanwhile, the new CD is available from Joel, one of the busier artists in the metro –with this quartet, Pooch’s Playhouse, his duo with Charmin Michelle (Charmin & Shapira) and an occasional gig with Triplicate, as well as frequent supporting roles for area vocalists.

In the realm of full disclosure, I have to note that I did the front and inside jacket photos for Open Lines, well before I heard the music. I hope the artwork adequately conveys the often colorful, sometimes sublime arrangements of an eclectic set of great jazz covers, and the movement of the music, from subtle to outright bouncy. I think it is fair to say that after “shooting” Joel throughout Wild Sound Studios, we had at least one photo that represented each track – boppishly straight ahead (“Have You Met Miss Jones”, “It Could Happen to You”), luxuriously subdued (“Nardis,” “How Insensitive” and “Time Remembered”), adventurously dark (“Invitation”), just a bit funky (“Turnaround”), and teetering on the edge (Frank Foster’s “Simone” and even every high school jazz band’s cover, “Confirmation”). Most telling is the music itself, that open feel to the quartet’s interplay, those “open lines” of communication that inform the disk’s title. (Charmin & Shapira are wrapping up a new CD of their own, stay tuned.)

TCJS ‘Jazz from J to Z’ Concert— March 21, 2010

Pooch’s Playhouse: Exploring Jazz Music Today

Pooch's Playhouse (photo Andrea Canter)by Andrea Canter
What happens when five veteran jazzmen come together for mutual inspiration and free conversation? Welcome to Pooch’s Playhouse at the Artists’ Quarter on March 21 (7 p.m.), a Twin Cities Jazz Society “Jazz from J to Z” concert. Pooch’s Playhouse features bassist Bruce “Pooch” Heine, guitarist Joel Shapira, saxophonist Dave Brattain, pianist Mark Asche and percussionist Dave Schmalenberger. Shapira describes the music as “diversely influenced, adventurous and open-ended, but we are first and foremost a pure jazz group, that is the intention of this band... and we are proud of that fact.” The band will play tunes by Shapira, Asche, Heine, and Brattain. Some other composers will include Hank Mobley, Kenny Werner, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Clifford Brown and more. 

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Triplicate at Hell’s Kitchen, January 7th, 2010

Triplicate @ AQ“This polished band more than capably covers a lot of hip turf: hard bop, jazz-rock, Monk, Mingus, New Orleans funk, even a snatch of Led Zeppelin." -- Tom Surowicz, Star Tribune 

“Evoking emotions from broody contemplation to giddy exuberance.”  --Don Berryman, Jazz Police 

Good things come in threes, the saying goes, and in jazz that often comes in the form of a trio. Such is the case with Triplicate, a collaboration featuring Joel Shapira on guitar, Bruce “Pooch” Heine on bass, and Dave Stanoch on drums. Performing rather irregularly these days, Triplicate takes the stage at Hell’s Kitchen on Thursday, January 7th. 

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Pooch’s Playhouse at the Red Sea, March 19th, 2009

Pooch HeinieWhat happens when five veteran jazzmen come together for mutual inspiration and free conversation? Welcome to Pooch’s Playhouse, built over about six months of experimentation and collaboration. The “housewarming” was held in January at the 318 in Wayzata, and another “open house” took place on a Late Night gig at the Dakota. The playspace now moves to the Red Sea on the U of M’s West Bank, on Thursday, March 19th at 9 pm. 

Pooch’s Playhouse features Bruce “Pooch” Heine on bass, guitarist Joel Shapira, saxophonist Dave Brittain, pianist Mark Asche and percussionist Dave Schmalengerger. These musicians have a number of interconnections—Schapira and Heine play together in the modern trio, Triplicate; Heine, Asche and Brittain perform together with the Cedar Avenue Big Band; Shapira has played with everyone in one context or another. Notes Shapira, “To me this group was a very natural felt good from day one and developed rapidly into something special to all members that we want to expand upon in the future...I would describe the music as diversely influenced, adventurous and open-ended, but we are first and foremost a pure jazz group, that is the intention of this band... and we are proud of that fact.” (read entire preview)

Triple Delight: Triplicate’s Three Gigs in November
by Andrea Canter - Jazz Police

Triplicate @ AQGood things come in threes, the saying goes, and in jazz that often comes in the form of a trio. Such is the case with Triplicate, a collaboration featuring Joel Shapira on guitar, Bruce “Pooch” Heine on bass, and Dave Stanoch on drums. And there are three opportunities to enjoy their creative repertoire in November, over four consecutive dates, with gigs at The Artists Quarter (November 7th), the pre-concert lobby performance at Orchestra Hall (November 8th), and via the Late Night at the Dakota series (November 9-10). 

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Charmin & Shapira: Pure Delight at the Dakota and More

Ginger and Fred, Ike and Tina, even Lucy and Ethel—great entertainment has often come in pairs. Locally, vocalists Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira are one of the stellar duos of the decade, a collaboration documented on their 2005 recording, Pure Imagination. On Tuesday night, August 14th, Charmin & Shapira “and friends” perform at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis. Other duo gigs this month include the Times (August 18th), Fireside Pizza (August 22nd) and Cue at the Guthrie (August 31st). (read entire preview)

Triplicate Triplicate

Star Tribune - December 29, 2005
The critics' ballots, TOM SUROWICZ


  1. Dave Graf, "Just Like That"
  2. Carole Martin, "Songs From My Heart"
  3. Various Artists, "Minnesota All Stars, Great Accordion and Concertina Performances from the Northstar State"
  4. Phil Hey Quartet, "Subduction"
  5. Irv Williams, "Dedicated to You"
  6. Auto Body Experience, "Forgotten Lots"
  7. Gordon Johnson, "Trios, Version 3.0"
  8. Bobby E. Ekstrand, "The Guitar"
  9. Fat Kid Wednesdays, "The Art of Cherry"
  10. Triplicate, "Day & Age"

Tough choices this year! There's enough to fill up a very worthy Top 20, with winning discs that just missed the cut by Electropolis ("Electropolis"), Charmin Michelle & Joel Shapira ("Pure Imagination"), Dorothy Doring ("Southern Exposure," a revelation!), Debbie Duncan ("I Thought About You") and certainly Dave Karr & Mulligan Stew ("Cookin' At The Hot Summer Jazz Festival"). I didn't feel so bad about leaving off Mulligan Stew's disc because it was an "instant" live recording, never really intended as an album at the time, though the eventual packaging and liner notes were terrific. Besides Mulligan Stew, I also chowed down happily on the Spaghetti Western String Co.'s "Quiet Mob" EP, which is delicious but got bounced since it's a mere five songs. Old faves Happy Apple will likely get plenty of votes from other folks, and their "The Peace Between Our Companies" CD is quite deserving, as well.


  1. Auto Body Experience, "Six Friends"
  2. Happy Apple, "Ella By Nightlight"
  3. Spaghetti Western String Co., "Draisienne"
  4. Dave Graf, "Going Away"
  5. Triplicate, "Hit On Twelve"

DRUM! - May 2005

Triplicate - Day & AgeMUSIC: Crack open the merlot, light a fine cigar, and lay back in your comfiest chair with your eyes closed. Are you feeling relaxed? Yes? Listen to the music in your head and let it take you away. Go to the Middle East with "Hit On Twelve," then stop over in the Caribbean with "On Green Dophin Street," before you end up in West Africa with "Alioune." Quite a journey indeed.

DRUMMING: David Stanoch has played with Ed Shaughnessy, Bernard Purdie, Clyde Stubblefield, and has been on the faculty of the McNally Smith College of Music for over a decade. Impressive, no? With a resume like that, it shouldn't surprise anyone that he can play so well. He leads most of "Move" with impressive hi-hat accents and then works the cowbell and woodblock clave simultaneously on "Ritual."

VERDICT: Frankly, these guys are so good that it's intimidating.

Feb. 11-17, 2005

The week in music: Critics' concert picks
This is a model for what a modern jazz trio should be. Dedicated, democratic, dogged in their vision yet never myopic, Triplicate joins three men on a mission: electric guitarist Joel Shapira, bassist Bruce (Pooch) Heinie and drummer Dave Stanoch, whose sophomore CD, "Day & Age," mixes fresh takes on treasured bebop (Monk, Bird, Denzil Best), with original songs that reach out to New Orleans, the Middle East, Africa, Northern Minnesota and the Caribbean. (7 p.m. Thu., Dakota Jazz Club. $5.) (T.S.)

Avenues, St. Paul's News and Arts Monthly
February 2005

Three's a crowd pleaser by Bill Stieger
Triplicate: A sound you can't copy

Modern Jazz trio strikes a balance between form and free expression

Even the casual listener can appreciate the chemistry on Triplicate's new recording, "Day and Age." Guitarist Joel Shapira, bassist Bruce "Pooch" Heine, and drummer Dave Stanoch play like they've known each other for all their lives.... (read entire interview) - (Requires Adobe Reader)

Jazz Police
February 2005

Day and Age: a new CD from Triplicate by Don Berryman

"Day and Age" is the new release from the Twin Cities' premiere progressive 'chamber jazz' trio Triplicate. This is the second release from this band. Triplicate is composed of top Twin Cities' musicians Joel Shapira on electric guitar, Bruce "Pooch" Heine on acoustic & electric bass, and David Stanoch on drums. This CD satisfies the listener with a variety of tunes with passages evoking emotions from broody contemplation to giddy exuberance.... (read entire review)

Duluth News Tribune
The Wave ~ Best Bets
Friday, November 1, 2002

Be-bop, hard-hop jazz trio plays Beaner's

Triplicate, a Twin Cities jazz trio, brings its original and improvisational tunes to Beaner's Centra, 324 N. Central Ave., at 8 p.m. today.

Guitaist Joel Shapira, bassist Bruce Heine and percussionist Dave Stanoch strive to push the envelope of musical variety. Nothing is taboo when it comes to fusing styles and sounds.

Triplicate takes traditional jazz styles and refines them with hard-edged improvisations, funky arrangements and swinging, energetic tunes.

The band released its debut, self-titled CD in 2001 and since then has made the rounds of the college scene in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Admission costs $5. Call 624-5357.

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Wednesday, January 2, 2002


Local jazz trio Triplicate released its debut CD one year ago to a sold-out audience at the Dakota. Since then, the group was nominated for Minnesota Music Awards in two jazz categories and placed in regular rotation on KBEM 88.5-FM. Drummer Dave Stanoch, guitarist Joel Shapira and bassist Bruce Heine bring their brand of bebop and hard bop back to the Dakota for a free show. 8 p.m.; Dakota Bar and Grill, Bandana Square, 1021 E. Bandana Blvd,. St. Paul; (651)642-1442.

Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN
October 26, 2001

Minneapolis jazz trio Triplicate injects the personality of each band member into swanky original music - by V. Paul Virtucio

The band had three members, so it was called Triplicate. Pretty unoriginal. But the bebop-based, progressive jazz trio tries to ensure that everything else about it is unique. Its members write their own music, make their own arrangements of jazz standards and aren't afraid of fusing other music genres into their jazz sound. [read entire interview]

Rip Saw News, Duluth, MN
High 5 , October 24, 2001

Friday, Oct. 27 | Music

Progressive jazz should push the boundaries and open our eyes to new musical possibilities. Triplicate, out of Minneapolis, uses this as its modus operandi. A trio of established musicians who have played together for five years, Triplicate performs inventive interpretations of jazz greats such as Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and John McLaughlin along with a steadily growing arsenal of solid originals. What results is a Hegelian synthesis of modern attitude and form, along with traditional jazz energy to produce a unique sound. This show is a great choice if you want to see a good jazz show at a place where you can actually get a beer (in other words, not at UMD). 8pm | $3 | Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave. Duluth | 218.624.5957.

Villager, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
March 28, 2001

Three's No Crowd -- For versatile jazz pros, personal expression comes in TRIPLICATE - by Tom Surowicz

My Irish grandmother used to believe that bad things came in threes. However, she never had the pleasure of hearing TRIPLICATE, a Twin Cities trio of experienced, savvy and hip young jazz pros. Their sound is a decidedly good thing. [read entire interview]

February 2001

Musings from the Jazz 88fm music director, by Kevin O'Connor

On the Regional Scene: Triplicate is world class trio with a self-titled release for Rhythmelodic records.

"Triplicate" has eleven stellar tracks and a guitar and rhythm-driven sound that surpasses like-minded national outings I receive by the bakers-dozen.

Guitarist Joel Shapira, bassist Bruce "Pooch" Heine and drummer Dave Stanoch, (who provides a couple of powerful originals, the other from "Pooch"), make for a highly compatible combo who are gaining enough notoriety to land a spot on the local televised coverage during Ken Burn's Jazz. Check Jazz events on our site for gigs featuring these guys, and by all means, explore the cd!

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Sunday, January 14, 2001

Local Artists Produce Impressive Releases by Bob Protzman

"Triplicate," Triplicate, Rhythmelodic * * * 1/2 (out of a possible 4 stars)

The past year was perhaps the most productive and rewarding in some time for jazz recordings by Twin Cities musicians.

Add to those these fine recent releases from the trio Triplicate (Joel Shapira, guitar; Bruce "Pooch" Heine, bass; Dave Stanoch, drums) and the duo of valve trombonist Brad Bellows and guitarist Dean Granros.

Triplicate is deceptively excellent. A band for some five years (you can hear it in their in-sync and interactive playing), its members have varied and extensive resumes as students, players and teachers, evident in the choice of material, incorporation of various idioms, and high level of musicianship.

There's an appealing deliberateness, spareness and relaxed feeling with Triplicate, reflected in some pieces played at a slower-than-usual tempo and the breathing room in the group's ensemble arrangements, as well as in solos by each player.

Speaking of solos, there's a maturity here, too, with no flashy passages, superficial energy, or showy displays--just direct, un-complicated playing that reaches the listener on many levels.

You'll hear Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing," an Afro-Cuban, Brazilian reading of the standard "You Don't Know What Love Is." Bud Powell's hard-swinging "Webb City," Charles Mingus's "Nostalgia in Times Square," a John McLaughlin composition interpolated with something from the rock group Led Zeppelin, a funky Nawlins "Crescent City Strut," J.J. Johnson's haunting "Lament," a jazz-rock piece by Stanoch, and a multi-metered tune from Heine.

Star Tribune
Friday, January 19, 2001

The week in music: Critics' picks for Jan. 19-25
After five years of fruitful collaboration -- and gigs at every bar, bookshop and public park that let them plug in -- this hometown jazz trio was plenty ready to record its first CD. Empathy abounds on Triplicate's untitled new release for Rhythmelodic Records. This polished band more than capably covers a lot of hip turf: hard bop, jazz-rock, Monk, Mingus, New Orleans funk, even a snatch of Led Zeppelin. Guitarist Joel Shapira, bassist Bruce (Pooch) Heine and drummer Dave Stanoch make all the disparate elements fit into a refined and personalized jazz trio travelin' bag. Heine's eloquence is palpable on the J.J. Johnson ballad classic, "Lament." Stanoch brews up a trap set storm on "Third Wind," an original tune. Shapira goes acoustic when you least expect it ("Crescent City Strut"), then plays pretty for all the parents in earshot on "Sweet and Lovely." Triplicate's debut album is a tres hip trip. (9 p.m. Fri., Dakota Bar & Grill, Bandana Square, St. Paul. $8. 651-642-1442.) (Tom Surowicz)

Star Tribune
Thursday, January 18, 2001

Weekend Watch: New and noteworthy events happening this weekend
DEBUT PROJECT -- Friday will be a big day for Triplicate, the progressive Twin Cities jazz trio of Joel Shapira, Bruce Heine and Dave Stanoch. The hard-working trio will release its debut CD, "Triplicate," at a party and performance at the Dakota Bar & Grill in St. Paul. The project includes three compositions written by the group and eight by jazz legends. Call 651-642-1442.