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Where are the women in the Twin Cities Jazz Festival? (via MinnPost)

June 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

This article originally appeared in MinnPost. Short answer: All over. Women musicians – and by musicians, we also mean singers; more about that in a minute – are on the Mears Park main stage. They’re in at least half of the 20+ locations where this year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival takes place, a gaggle of […]

Emmet Cohen Interview: Jazz Across Generations


By Larry Englund Pianist/composer Emmet Cohen is only 28, yet he’s become an important figure in music and related arts as both a performer, and as someone committed to the transfer of intergenerational knowledge, history and traditions in jazz. Since releasing his debut album, In The Element,in 2011, he has received accolades and awards for his […]

Twin Cities Jazz Fest Starts Today! A Biased Guide

June 21, 2018  •  

The 2018 edition of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival gets underway in St Paul on Thursday, June 21, continuing with a full schedule of international, local stars and promising youth artists as well as headliners’ clinics on Friday and Saturday at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Headliners including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Houston Person […]

How one man pulls off St. Paul’s beloved (and free) Twin Cities Jazz Festival (via StarTribune)

June 16, 2018  •  1 Comment

This article originally appeared in The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Steve Heckler, founder and executive director of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, started 20 years ago with a one-day event that attracted 3,000 people. More than 30,000 are expected at this year’s event. More than 30,000 people will see 72 musical acts on 22 stages over […]

Stars of BeBop Heading to the Dunsmore Room!

June 15, 2018  •  

Some of the best “bebop burners” in the world are coming to Crooners in the next two weeks to present their inimitable music in the intimate Dunsmore Room. On June 19, trumpeter Jim Rotondi and pianist David Hazeltine join forces with local heroes Billy Peterson (bass) and Kenny Horst (drums); the next night, June 20, […]

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 2018

May 27, 2018  •  

© Andrea Canter [Final update, 5/26/18] It’s (finally) the merry month of May and what a merry month of jazz we have in the Twin Cities! Corky Siegel returns after just a few weeks, this time at the Dakota with harmonica wizard Howard Levy; more high flyers at the Dakota this month include Keiko Matsui, […]