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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, […]

Jazzed Impressions of the 2022 Twin Cities Jazz Festival: From Lowertown

June 27, 2022  •  

Mears Park overflowed with jazz fans Saturday night, rocking with the sounds of the Treme Brass Band. Steve Heckler, festival founder and director I’ve been to my share of jazz […]

Elling and Hunter bring the fun(k) to the Dakota


By Dan Emerson “Where’s the bass player?” It’s one of the musical questions hanging on the collaboration that has created one of improvised music’s newest and most potent duos: Olympic […]