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The 2017 Twin Cities Jazz Festival: Class Acts, Perfect Weather, New and Old Favorites

June 27, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter I’ve attended many Twin Cities Jazz Festivals — all since 2003. It’s been the little jazz engine that could, overcoming inevitable weather issues (usually too hot, sometimes too wet) that plague summertime festivals, and surely the most serious obstacle of all, loss of funding, sponsorship, and even the support of the host […]

Creative Spirit, Educator, Jazz Pianist Geri Allen, 1957-2017

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© Andrea Canter “One of the most brilliant, creative artists of our time…” – Christian McBride “Perhaps more than any other pianist, Ms. Allen’s style — harmonically refracted and rhythmically complex, but laden with inertia — formed a bridge between jazz’s halcyon midcentury period and its stylistically diffuse present.” — Giovanni Russonelo, The New York […]

Steven Hobert Quartet at Reverie, June 29

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© Andrea Canter An exciting group of Twin Cities musicians, the Steven Hobert Quartet returns to the venue where it all started on the Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series, June 29. Leader Hobert (piano) is joined by versatile saxophonist Pete Whitman,  wide-ranging bassist Yohannes Tona, and up-and-coming drummer Arthur “LA” Buckner. Originally from Hartland, […]

Richard Johnson Trio in the Dunsmore Room on June 27 and with Debbie Duncan on June 28

June 25, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter The Dunsmore Room at Crooners’ Lounge in Fridley, MN continues its tradition of booking outstanding pianists, both regional favorites and international stars. Richard Johnson straddles both realms, making his Dunsmore Room debut on June 27-28. His trio both nights includes local veterans Jeremy Boettcher on bass and Adrian Suarez on drums. On […]

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 23-29

June 23, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter It’s the jazziest weekend of the year in the Twin Cities as we move into the final two days of the annual jazz festival, a couple post-fest gigs, and the screening of a documentary about the amazing musical life of one of our local veterans. And of course jazz never ends  — […]

2017 Twin Cities Jazz Festival Day by Day: Friday, June 23

June 22, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter Day Two of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival features two free clinics (Emmet Cohen, Anat Cohen) at McNally Smith College of Music, Anat Cohen and her Choro Adventuroso ensemble, the first afternoon of music on the Youth Showcase at Union Depot, the Jazz Vocal Showcase at the TPT Street Stage, and great […]