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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 2018

April 20, 2018  •  

© Andrea Canter Ed. note: The Lead Sheet has been published weekly, now monthly, for the past ten years on JazzINK and Jazz Police websites. April marks the final online Lead Sheet, with weekly edits through the end of the month. Stay tuned for postings of Larry Englund’s weekly recommendations starting in May. Updated 4/20/2018. […]

Rescheduled! Firebell CD Release, Dakota Combo on April 22/Amethyst Trio and Red 5 on April 21 at the Black Dog

April 17, 2018  •  

© Andrea Canter A few weeks ago, Steve Kenny’s Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series celebrated its 200th consecutive Saturday of top jazz performances, featuring the best of area (and national) veterans, often sharing the stage and the billing with local rising stars. After the blizzard closed the Black Dog and most other […]

2018 Twin Cities Jazz Festival: Headliners Announced


Adapted from April 17, 2018 press release The 20th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival will be headlined this year by Grammy-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, New Orleans artists Nayo Jones and Aurora Nealand with Tom McDermott,  and two generations of acclaimed saxophonists — Tia Fuller and Houston Person with the Emmet Cohen Trio. Said festival Executive Director, Steve Heckler, “I’m excited to […]

Album Review: Fire Bell, INCENDIOS

April 12, 2018  •  

Sometimes swinging, and sometimes twisting in a multi-meter tangle, Fire Bell’s new album INCENDIOS is all personality.

In Tribute to Hugh Masekela: Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya at the Dakota, April 16

April 8, 2018  •  

© Andrea Canter “There are some concerts that change the way you look at music. And then there are those rare concerts that change the way you look at life.” –Ed Siegel, The ARTery “Never one for pyrotechnics, he says much with little, luxuriating in melody until a sudden harmonic shift or sharp stab of […]

Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog: Courageous Endeavors and Carter Pearson Quartet

April 6, 2018  •  

© Andrea Canter When they made their debut at the Artists Quarter six years ago, Courageous Endeavors was a band of young upstarts, recent college graduates who were already making waves in the Twin Cities jazz community–Nelson Devereaux, Joe Strachan, Brian Courage and Miguel Hurtado. They continued to snag gigs at top area venues, making […]