Good Leaders: Where is music alive around you?

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My favorite jazz musican, Benny Weinbeck and his trio will perform live music at the Good Leadership Breakfast on Friday, November 20. Tickets are going fast.

My favorite jazz musician, Benny Weinbeck and his trio, will perform live music at the Good Leadership Breakfast on Friday, November 20. Tickets are going fast.

Have you noticed how live music makes everything better? I grew up with music everywhere: we are a family of singers and piano players. My mother and grandmother were both music teachers. My best friend from high school is a professional jazz producer, as the Executive Director for Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues. He taught me how to really love live music.

At this stage of my life, nothing beats a Batz-family sing-a-long in our living room. My role is to play the piano and bang out the chords for Broadway & Disney tunes, Elton John, and Abba songs from Mama Mia until everyone is sung out.

Live music makes everyday living extraordinary.

That’s why I’m so pleased to announce the Benny Weinbeck Trio will be performing live at the Good Leadership Breakfast on Friday, November 20, 2015. We have so much to celebrate – so it’s fitting to add the excitement of world-class jazz into the mix! Special thanks to Lisa Moncrief of Alerus who stepped forward to sponsor the Benny Weinbeck Trio for this special day.

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The sparks fly on Saturday night when the Benny Weinbeck Trio plays Parma 8200 in Bloomington.

The sparks fly on Saturday nights when the Benny Weinbeck Trio plays Parma 8200 in Bloomington. Now they are also playing at the Good Leadership Breakfast.

Hot jazz creates sparks

Minneapolis/St. Paul jazz aficionados see Benny at the Parma 8200 restaurant in Bloomington – it’s a small, lively venue where sparks fly every Saturday night.

I first met Benny almost thirty years ago when I was working in the PR industry. We hired Benny to play the piano at a series of customer appreciation events at the Galleria Shopping Center in Edina. He and I bonded over one specific song. Here’s why: I asked Benny to play “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell. He was surprised and asked “Why?” I told him my dad taught me to determine the talent of a jazz pianist by that song. Needless to say, the sparks were flying from his fingers…and he’s been my favorite jazz pianist ever since.

Dream come true

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If you come to the Good Leadership Breakfast on November 20, you can meet jazz pianist Benny Weinbeck.

If you come to the Good Leadership Breakfast on November 20, you can meet jazz pianist Benny Weinbeck.

Just as Johnny Carson had Doc Severinson and David Letterman had Paul Shaffer as musical sidekicks, it’s a dream come true for me to share the stage at the Good Leadership Breakfast with Benny Weinbeck. Will you join us?

Good leaders know live music makes everyday living extraordinary. And they go out of their way to create experiences that make people happy.

Please share with me: where is music alive around you?

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