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How one man pulls off St. Paul’s beloved (and free) Twin Cities Jazz Festival (via StarTribune)

June 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

This article originally appeared in The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Steve Heckler, founder and executive director of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, started 20 years ago with a one-day event that attracted 3,000 people. More than 30,000 are expected at this year’s event. More than 30,000 people will see 72 musical acts on 22 stages over […]

Stars of BeBop Heading to the Dunsmore Room!

June 15, 2018  •  

Some of the best “bebop burners” in the world are coming to Crooners in the next two weeks to present their inimitable music in the intimate Dunsmore Room. On June 19, trumpeter Jim Rotondi and pianist David Hazeltine join forces with local heroes Billy Peterson (bass) and Kenny Horst (drums); the next night, June 20, […]

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 2018

May 27, 2018  •  

© Andrea Canter [Final update, 5/26/18] It’s (finally) the merry month of May and what a merry month of jazz we have in the Twin Cities! Corky Siegel returns after just a few weeks, this time at the Dakota with harmonica wizard Howard Levy; more high flyers at the Dakota this month include Keiko Matsui, […]

Thomas Nordlund’s “Miles Left Behind” Deserves Eager Ears

May 19, 2018  •  

Thomas Nordlund’s new album “Miles Left Behind” explores darkness, melody, and vibe.

Lynne Arriale Celebrates New Recording in the Dunsmore Room, May 15

May 11, 2018  •  

© Andrea Canter, Senior Editor Emeritus “The melody is what creates a particular energy and feeling in the listener and it sets the tone…  I take an idea, develop it, turn it inside out and come back to it at the end.  That resonates with people.  Ultimately people remember melodies, not harmonic progressions.” –Lynne Arriale […]

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 2018

May 1, 2018  •  

© Andrea Canter Ed. note: The Lead Sheet is published monthly with weekly updates. The final Lead Sheet will be published around May 1. Stay tuned for announcement of a new “calendar” feature.  Updated 4/25/2018.  We may have a slow start to spring in the Twin Cities but fortunately the warmth of jazz, from local […]