The James Buckley Trio recently joined us at IPR for DIY 360. The Trio is one of the young leading ensembles in the Minneapolis jazz renaissance. The group played a few selections and discussed the unique Minneapolis jazz scene characterized by stylistic innovation and cross-pollination with other musical genres the twin cities like indie rock, electronica and hip hop—they described fluidity between styles compared to calcified jazz scenes elsewhere in the country. Bassist James Buckley, pianist Brian Nichols and drummer JT Bates described their personal development and musical evolution in the Twin Cities and discussed networking, jazz music, songwriting, and recording with IPR students.
DIY 360 is a weekly event hosted by Adam Levy. The goal is to introduce students to professionals in the field who have been successful, frequently by adapting to changes in the business where they make use of multiple skill sets. Guests share information about their careers, their philosophies about professionalism and their art. Guests often give advice to budding artists, entertainment business professionals, producers and engineers. DIY 360 is an opportunity for students to network with those working in the field and with each other as they work toward career success.