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Ramsey Lewis: 1935-2022

September 12, 2022  •  

Ramsey Lewis (at The Dakota, 2013) Three-time Grammy winning pianist and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis died in his sleep at home in Chicago on September 12. He was 87. […]

Washington’s expansive sound reverberates at Dakota

August 31, 2022  •  

By Dan emerson “Please welcome the AMAZING Kamasi Washington.” The sold-out audience waiting for Washington’s late show at the Dakota on August 26 reacted with appropriate enthusiasm for the jazz […]

Joey DeFrancesco: 1971-2022

August 26, 2022  •  

Joey D at Crooners, 2018 “I’ve always been stretching the boundaries of the instrument since day one,” he told Philadelphia Weekly in 2019. “I have my influences, but nobody’s played […]

Basie time machine lands in Fridley, then takes off

July 26, 2022  •  

By Dan Emerson William “Count” Basie’s world-changing sound originated in a raucous Petri dish that will never be replicated – 1930s Kansas City – to become a band that will […]

One Last Look Back – The 2021 TD James Moody Jazz Festival

July 24, 2022  •  

           Musicians celebrate George Wein © Kevin R. Mason The 2022 summer jazz season is upon us! But before it is over, here’s one more (long […]

The Lead Sheet: More Vocals!

June 28, 2022  •  

Tierney Sutton performs at The Dakota on Wednesday, June 29 The Twin Cities Jazz Festival brought us some great voices throughout St Paul—Bruce Henry, Lila Ammons, Maryann Sullivan, Ginger Commodore, […]