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Emmet Cohen Trio, Brian Lynch in the Twin Cities, March 19-21

August 25, 2019  •  

© Jon Morgan Editor’s note: Jazz Police is happy to announce the addition of Jon Morgan to our minescule “staff”. Jon curates a monthly gig at Jazz Central Studios and will be contributing his writing skills to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The following article is adapted and expanded from Jon’s recent post on the […]

Bobby Watson’s MVP Quartet at the Dakota and Vieux Carre’, February 20-21


© Andrea Canter One of the first national ensembles to play at the original Dakota in St. Paul, Bobby Watson’s Horizon was also one of the most respected jazz bands of the 1980s-90s. Saxophonist Watson, who spent some of his youth in the Twin Cities, has returned a few times since, including at the 2010 […]

John Scofield’s “Country for Old Men” at the Dakota, February 25


© Andrea Canter “…not only does Scofield—playing better than he ever has—have plenty of surprises still up his sleeve, but …he may well be moving in a direction where the myriad of music he loves is now all fair game, all while still remaining firmly in the jazz sphere.” –John Kelman, All About Jazz One […]

A Major Force: Pianist Bruce Barth in the Dunsmore Room, February 6


© Andrea Canter ‘No one sounds quite like Barth. His solos are characterized by robust swing, his ability to tell a story, and by his rich, beguiling sound.” –Zan Stewart, Newark Star Ledger   A favorite of Tony Bennett, pianist for the likes of Stanley Turrentine and Terell Stafford, and long-time faculty at Temple University, […]

Turtle Island Quartet Brings “A Love Supreme” to the Dakota, January 23


© Andrea Canter “A unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” –Yo Yo Ma   The Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet  is more often heard in concert halls than small jazz clubs, yet their music seems equally at home in a […]

Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival Features Nicholas Payton, Jon Weber on January 28-29


© Andrea Canter Now an annual event held in conjunction with the St Paul Winter Carnival, the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival will be held this weekend, January 28-29, featuring headliners Nicholas Payton and Jon Weber, with primary sponsorship from the HiWay Federal Credit Union and general festival sponsorship from AARP.  Opening activities on Saturday […]