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Every Christmas for 18 years, the internationally famed jazz band the Bad Plus - with Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, Dave King on drums - has played Minnesota's Dakota Jazz Club. "Dave called me in 2000 and said he had two friends coming into town for the holidays to record some stuff," Dakota owner Lowell Pickett recalled. "He wanted to know if they could play a couple of nights." Lowell advertised the late December concert as "Dave King and Friends" with a $5 cover. "Dave saw the ad and called me and said, ‘Can we change that to the Bad Plus?' Who was the Bad Plus? Nobody knew, so I changed it to ‘The Bad Plus Featuring Dave King and Friends.' " Fast-forward 18 years. Since that first Dakota date, the Bad Plus has released 13 albums and performed thousands of shows. Yes, thousands. "It's been, like, 150 shows a year since 2003, and 2002 had at least 30 or 40, and 2001 had about 20," King said this month, just back from a 12-day, 12-city run through Europe. "That's far more concerts than any working jazz group in history."

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