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

August 25, 2019  •  

© 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 […]

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


© 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 […]