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A Festive Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog: Tommy Bentz, Rodney Ruckus on January 28

January 28, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog comes every week, as it has for the past 2 1/2 years under the curatorship of Steve Kenny. Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival comes every winter, as it has for the past two consecutive winters under the directorship of Steve Heckler, who also has directed […]

Tuck and Patti Return to the Dakota, January 29

January 27, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter Together performing (as well as life partners) for nearly four decades, the vocal/guitar jazz duo Tuck (Andress) and Patti (Cathcart) met at an audition in Las Vegas, began performing as a duo in California in 1981, and now have sixteen albums and a world of fans to their credit. With Tuck on […]

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 27 – February 2

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© Andrea Canter  It might not last but it is nice to see some sunshine as I write this! And we have a lot of sunny music coming our way this weekend with the return of the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival in St Paul, along with a variety of our great local artists and […]

Intelligent Music at Reverie – The Wise Quartet, January 26

January 26, 2017  •  

© Andrea Canter The band name might refer to the veteran wisdom of the musicians or simply the intelligence of their music. Whatever, the Wise Quartet takes the stage this week on the Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series (January 26, 9 pm), curated by Steve Kenny. And Kenny has assembled a group of jazz […]

SCHEDULE UPDATED FOR THE WINTER JAZZ FESTIVAL SATURDAY, JAN. 28 AND SUNDAY, JAN. 29. INCLUDES JAZZ HISTORY FILMS

January 6, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This year’s 2017 Winter Jazz Festival – the cold-weather version of the highly-attended Twin Cities Jazz Festival held this year from June 22-24 – will run for two days in January in conjunction with this year’s Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The Festival begins on Saturday, January 28 at 5:00 pm at the Street Space at […]

The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer at Park Square Theatre

December 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

by Anna Buchholz Opening Park Square Theatre’s Gershwin production with the iconic and always recognizable clarinet glissando was a cheeky move. It’s recognizable to many of us, avid jazz listeners or not; so recognizable that you might try and hum along, but always move to the next tone just a little too quickly and struggle […]