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A great lineup will keep you company during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thursday, 6  9 a.m.: Prep the big meal or just relax with Genaro Vasquez as your host for The Morning Show.

Thursday, 10 a.m.  noon: Vocalist Connie Evingson and guitarist Sam Miltich lead an all-star Minnesota jazz combo as the musical feature for the Great Northern Radio Show.  Recorded Saturday at the historic Hibbing High School auditorium, it’s the latest edition of the variety series highlighting northern Minnesota culture.  Produced by our Ampers allies at Northern Community Radio KAXE/KBXE, with support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Thursday, noon – 2 p.m.: American Routes continues a Thanksgiving tradition by spotlighting this year’s National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows—recognized for their excellence in folk and traditional arts. Live in concert, Texas guitar maven and singer Barbara Lynn commands the stage with her brand of Gulf Coast rhythm & blues; old-time fiddler Eddie Bond shreds Appalachian-style; Don & Cindy Roy from Gorham, Maine, punch out French reels; and New York City cultural documentarian Ethel Raim sings a Yiddish song of her own. We talk tradition and technique with Native American basket-weaver Kelly Church; Palestinian embroiderer Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim; rodeo tailor Manuel Cuevas; Chicana altarista Ofelia Esparza and African American quilter Marion Coleman.

Thursday, 2 p.m.: Trumpeter Omar AbdulKarim, now back in the Twin Cities after a decade of NYC-based success, leads a quartet including Rodney Ruckus on drums, Peter Schimke on piano and Ted Olsen on bass.  Recorded live at the Williamsburg Room at the Lexington in St. Paul, Sept. 20, 2018.


Friday, 6  9 a.m.: Bobby Vandell hosts The Morning Show.

Friday, 9 – 11 a.m.: Revisit the celebration concert for the 2017 Minnesota Jazz Legends, including Carei Thomas (piano), Steve Blons (guitar), Dean Brewington (sax), George Avaloz (drums/vocals), Betty Palmer (vocals), and Bill Evans and Charlie DeVore, both from The Hall Brothers Band.

Friday, 11 a.m.: Vocalist Bruce Henry dazzles the Orchestra Hall crowd on the program of Jazz in the Target Atrium: The First Instrument, recorded April 13, 2018.

Friday, noon: Catch up on the latest and greatest album releases.  Kevin O’Connor hosts This Just In.

Friday, 1 p.m.: We give thanks for our Minnesota Jazz Legends with the broadcast of the 2018 celebration concert, featuring honorees Ahmed AbdulKarim (trumpet), Reuben Ristrom (guitar), Bob Gilbertson (drums), and a special tribute to jazz legend Jimmy Bowman (Organist).

Friday, 2 p.m.: The latest Jazz in the Target Atrium special airs, featuring solo guitar by Peter Bernstein.

Friday, 3 p.m.: Patty Peterson hosts The Afternoon Cruise.

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