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New Season, New Directions for JazzMN

September 7, 2019  •  

  “I just feel like there’s something really special about big bands. There’s something unique, and even for people who are not jazz aficionados or don’t even like jazz, I think people hear a big band or hear about a big band, or they hear a Frank Sinatra tune or something like that – and […]

Jazz Police Twin Cities Jazz Calendar, Summer 2019

August 29, 2019  •  

Note: The Lead Sheet has “retired,” but in its place we present an ongoing Jazz Police Live Jazz Calendar with (at least) weekly update. And at the suggestion of one of our biggest fans, Andrea will present her totally biased “picks” for the week, on a trial basis. Andrea’s Picks: Fill your ears with Mixed Company […]

JazzMN Celebrates the Sounds of the “Next Gen” on March 5

August 25, 2019  •  

© Andrea Canter The JazzMN Orchestra continues its 2016-17 season at the Auditorium at Hopkins High School on March 5,  3:00 p.m. with a “NexGen” Concert with special guests from the LA Urban Renewal Project. The concert opens with talented Minnesota youth in the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands and the Dakota Combo. “This NexGen performance […]

From “Schoolhouse Rock” to Fridley: Bob Dorough in the Dunsmore Room, March 6-7


© Andrea Canter The name Bob Dorough is not familiar to many who nevertheless are very familiar with his songs. Best known for such tunes as “Devil May Care” and the music of Schoolhouse Rock, pianist, singer, songwriter and “original hipster” Dorough, now 93, makes a very rare appearance in Minnesota, launching the Legends series […]

Monty Alexander Trio at the Dakota, March 8


© Andrea Canter One of the most lauded pianists of his generation, known for infusing his Jamaican heritage into his swinging post bop, Monty Alexander and his trio (with Hassan Shakur and Jason Brown) perform two sets, one night at the Dakota Jazz Club on March 8, 7 and 9 pm. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, […]

Gary Burton’s Final Tour — At the Dakota With Makoto Ozone, March 15


© Andrea Canter Multi-Grammy winner and vibes master Gary Burton, a pioneer in the use of the four-mallet technique, recently announced he will retire from performing at the end of March, and is making his “final rounds” to some of his favorite cities with a favorite collaborator, pianist Makoto Ozone. Burton, now 74, is a […]