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Mike Derrick has been a gigging bassist for 17 years and has a degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Minnesota. His resume, in addition to various jazz groups in the midwest and both coasts, also includes Bluegrass, Rock, Country, Theater and Alternative Singer/Songwriter collaborations. Mike played on three albums by Missing Numbers (available on itunes), "Swung" by The Jackbuzzards, "One for Hank" by The Backyard Swingset, and "Blues Rhythms You Can Use" (method book from Hal Leonard Publishing). In addition to playing and writing new material for The Overtones Jazz Trio, Mike is in the studio recording with Dustin Lee and Jimmy Peterson. For the last ten years Mike has privately taught guitar and bass, he is currently a staff instructor for Linden Hills House of Music.

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 The Overtones Trio -Mike, Dave and Eron worked together in various unconnected musical projects over the past several years both in substitute and rehearsal situations. In the spring of '08, the opportunity arose for Dave to join Mike and Eron on the mid-week gig at the Riverview Wine Bar upon the sudden exit of their former guitar player.  The band soon settled comfortably into a low-key ongoing weekly schedule and now keeps busy playing private events.
​ Nowadays, performance of jazz is typically characterized by lots of soloing and improvisation. The Overtones recognize that when taken to extremes, these enjoyable aspects of music can sometimes tax the listeners attention. Not wanting to become just another "jam" group, the trio soon dubbed it's Wednesday night residence a "gig-hearsal" - and set about giving a bit more attention to the actual performance of this special music.   As a result, the band's modus operandi has been to craft unique arrangements entirely on stage, in the course of an evening's set of tunes. Blending new styles, time signatures, and even the occasional classic rock riff -  the Overtones have developed a style all their own. In addition to a long, ever expanding list of standard material, the three members have contributed some of their own music, creating a healthy batch of over thirty completely original compositions.  Five years later, all this has led to a fresh, ear-pleasing

presentation suitable for any occasion.

  • Peaches And Regalia3:35
  • Question and Answer5:50
  • Fark'an Blowfield3:06
  • Inner Urge3:12
  • Peace4:57

Twin Cities Weekend : with Phil Nusbaum


Dave Hofgren started a regimen of 'hard' listening soon after spending a few years playing in garage-style bands twenty years ago.  With a lingering interest in fingerstyle ragtime guitar, he soon gravitated towards jazz after being exposed to John Scofield's  "Blue Matter" and Mike Stern's "Upside Downside". Completely self-taught, he approached learning contemporary music theory at a college level studying books by Schoenberg, Ricigliano, Levine, and Slonimsky while extending his listening collection through the history of jazz. Dave has worn out several CD players listening to Duke, Louie, Miles, 'Trane, Monk, Charlie, Charles, Roland, Sonny, Herbie, Frank Zappa, and Jaco to name a few. So far, he's taken one lesson in the last two decades - it turned out to be way over his head..........
The Overtones in the studio - Summer 2013




Eron Woods (percussion) holds a degree in performance from the University of Miami. He spent several years as a house percussionist in the cruise ship industry before embarking on a career playing percussion for various circuses. Today he performs and instructs full-time, both privately and through Cadenza Music in St. Paul. Other notable projects include The Overtones Jazz Trio, Exquisite Corps, and The Jukes of Hazzard among others.

the Overtones Trio play every Wednesday (2017)
​1st set - 7:30pm
2nd set - 9:15​pm