Live Jazz at Founders Event

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We are so fortunate to have these three talented musicians perform for us at our Founders Event on Thursday, October 24.   

Learn more about Batume on Drums, Tom Lewis on Bass, and Ted Godbout on Keyboard.



Born on the Southside of Chicago, Batume studied drums with Chicago’s Regal Theatre house drummer Girod Walker and began to establish himself with Chicago’s local rhythm and blues artist, Denise LaSalle. Batume also played with the Operation Push Youth Band from 1973 to 1975 in addition to playing with local jazz musicians touring the Midwest college circuit. Prior to moving to New York in 1982 Batume played with Chicago legends George Freeman and Von Freeman. Once arriving in New York, Batume settled into the jazz scene playing with McCoy Tyner, Jaco Pastorius, Sonnie Rawlins, Delmar Brown and many others

Batume moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1997 and began playing with local musicians. In November 2004, Batume released his first CD which he wrote as well as produced. In 2007 Batume was asked to conduct the musical production The Wiz for the Bloomington School District and continues to mentor students within the Apple Valley and Bloomington School Districts.

Tom Lewis


Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis is a freelance jazz bassist, based in Minneapolis Minnesota. He works regularly with a variety jazz artists visiting the Twin Cities area. These include international jazz veterans, Eddie Higgins, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Lew Tabackin, & Mose Allison, as well as younger New York talent David Hazeltine, Eric Alexander & Jim Rotundi. In the Twin Cities he is active member of the jazz scene, in high demand as a performer, clinician and session player. As an educator/clinician, he has worked with young jazz musicians in over 400 clinics & concerts throughout the Midwest (United States). In the studio, he has appeared on over 65 recordings featuring a wide diversity of artists. Recent jazz recordings include: “The Out to Lunch Quintet – Live at the Artist’s Quarter”, “Phil Hey Quartet – Subduction”, Eddie Higgins Trio – Live at the Dakota”, “Carol Martin – Pieces of Dreams” and “Joel Shapira – Open Lines





Ted Godbout

Ted Godbout

Ted Godbout is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in Music-Piano Performance from St. John’s University and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. A versatile and active musician, Ted performs frequently as a jazz pianist and classical accompanist, as well in funk, R&B, and rock bands. He has performed with such notable artists and groups as Ron Miles, Mark Colby, and the Harry James Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist in the Music Northwest Chamber Music Series in Seattle, WA and the St. Cloud Symphony Honors Concert in St. Cloud, MN.

Ted attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, where he studied piano with Dr. Edward Turley. During his time there he accompanied numerous student recitals and also worked frequently as a jazz pianist in the nearby St. Cloud area. He also played trombone and keyboards in Fred Savage and the Unbeatables, which released two full-length albums and opened for such acts as Three Dog Night, OAR, Tommy James and the Shondells, Bobby Vee, and De La Soul.

Ted continued his studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, earning an M.M. in Jazz Studies and studying with Toby Koenigsberg. He was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in the areas of Music Theory and Jazz Studies and taught Aural Skills, Keyboard Skills and directed jazz combos. He was also on faculty at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene where he taught jazz piano and directed jazz combos.

Ted is currently on faculty at Chaska Music Studios and Augsburg College and maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. In addition to leading his own trio he frequently backs local musicians at Jazz Central Studios and appears regularly with PaviElle, Katia Cardenas, BDP, and the Bill Simenson Orchestra. Ted also serves as Director of Music at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN.



Contact Batume if you’re interested in hiring them for your event or party.


Many thanks to these musicians for their generosity and to Eide Bailly for being our Music Sponsor for the fourth year in a row!

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