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Minnesota’s “Jazz Hero”: Steve Kenny Recognized by Jazz Journalists Association

April 1, 2019  •  

Steve Kenny is many things to many people, especially Twin Cities jazz fans. He is a fulltime computer tech specialist, a dad to two grown children, a professional jazz trumpeter, award-winning composer, and active bandleader. And beyond providing the Twin Cities area with more than 30 years of marvelous tunes and performances, Steve is our […]

Interview: Art Hounds: Clara Osowski sings with the Winona Symphony Orchestra via MPR News

March 28, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Singer Liz Pearse is thrilled that she’s getting the chance to see acclaimed mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski perform with the Winona Symphony Orchestra this Saturday. Osowski, who is based in the Twin Cities, will be singing works by two Minnesota composers — Dominick Argento and Libby Larsen. Pearse recommends taking advantage of this opportunity to see […]

KBEM Phil Nusbaum interview with Twin Cities Jazz Festival Director Steve Heckler

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KBEM Phil Nusbaum interview with Steve Heckler: Airing on KBEM 88.5FM, Minneapolis.   This interview will also air on KBEM 88.5 at various dates/times.

Jazz Police Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar

March 19, 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!   If you are a fan of […]

Larry Englund: Farewell to Our Jazz Hero

February 24, 2019  •  

[Note: Portions of this article are drawn from Janis Ewart’s nomination letter for Larry’s designation as Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, and from Larry’s own self-penned obit, released on February 4.] The Twin Cities lost one of its true “jazz heroes” with the passing of Larry Englund, who died of cancer on February […]

Winter Jazz Fest 2019 will be held at Crooners on Sunday, March 31

January 30, 2019  •  2 Comments

St. Paul, Minn., January 30, 2019 – This year’s Winter Jazz Fest – the cold-weather version of the popular Twin Cities Jazz Festival – will return to Crooners Lounge & Supper Club on Sunday, March 31. The day will feature national and local favorites Gary Bartz, Francisco Mela, Debbie Duncan, Patty Peterson, Tanner Taylor and […]