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RIP Phil Mattson

January 9, 2019  •  

“Phil Mattson is the greatest vocal jazz arranger on the planet.” –Richie Cole “Phil Mattson has been passionate about quality vocal jazz since his earliest experiences with the genre. He has changed the direction of vocal jazz through creative advancements including arrangements and methods of teaching choral educators the art of vocal jazz.” — Sheryl […]

Jazz Police Calendar – Summer 2018

August 17, 2018  •  

The Lead Sheet has retired. As an interim service,  we’re continuing to post a “Jazz Police Calendar” during the summer. This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing, but will provide a heads-up regarding upcoming shows and jazz events throughout the Twin Cities. . August 17, Andrew Walesch Big Band “Plays Sinatra” at Crooners […]

Siereveld’s ‘Walk the Walk’ on Shifting Paradigm Records

July 19, 2018  •  

New York based trumpeter Eric Siereveld embraces and embodies the classic B3 organ jazz sound on his 2018 release Walk the Walk (Shifting Paradigm Records). The personnel on the album features players from across the county, reflecting Siereveld’s own journey from growing up in Ohio to studying at Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin […]

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 […]