Month

May 2023
Minneapolis Public Schools’ Career & Technical Education (CTE) program is available to all MPS students, grades 10-12, interested in earning college credit or receiving job certifications for free. Jazz88’s Manny Hill joins CTE Principal Michael Luseni for an in-depth conversation about the various pathways with CTE, and how students can enroll for the 2023-24 school...
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Minneapolis Public Schools is set to host another Mental Health Caregiver Institute on Saturday, June 3, and it will be open to all MPS families. Jazz88’s Manny Hill spoke with Program Coordinator Yolonda Rogers about what attendees can expect at Saturday’s event, and how families can sign up if they haven’t already. Listen: More Posts...
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Coming up on Friday, May 26, Jazz88 presents the second installment in the Jazzclectic pop-up concert series: drummer Brandon Commodore’s NRG will play from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in The Commons park (near US Bank Stadium) in downtown Minneapolis. This free, outdoor show from one of the most exciting bandleaders in the Midwest is made...
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Grammy-nominated producer (Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Raphael Saadiq), vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Terrace Martin, got with The Afternoon Cruise to discuss his latest project with the jazz “supergroup,” Dinner Party, and his upcoming run of shows at the Dakota. During the conversation, Martin shared his deep knowledge of the Twin Cities music scene–including gracing the stage...
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Jazz88 is proud to be teaming up with Icehouse to bring you the Outdoor Courtyard Jazz Series, every Thursday – Saturday from 6 – 8:30 PM throughout the summer. This special series will feature some of the area’s finest musicians performing dinner sets on the Icehouse patio, located at 2528 Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis. Full...
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Summer is approaching fast, and that means Minneapolis Public Schools‘ Summer Scholars programs are as well. Jazz88’s Manny Hill spoke with MPS Community Ed Program Director, William Baker, about what families can expect with Summer Scholars in 2023, and how families can sign up. Also, William shares some of the other exciting programs and opportunities...
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The celebrated MC, artist, and activist Lewiee Blaze came through to discuss his upcoming performance at The Purple Day on Saturday, June 3rd. This annual celebration of Prince, aka “The Purple One,” brings together some of the best and brightest of the Twin Cities music scene for a great community event. Listen:   This interview...
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The celebrated harp player Brandee Younger is preparing for a headlining show at the Dakota on Tuesday, May 23. She hopped on the phone with Sean from The Afternoon Cruise to discuss the show, her recent album, and the influence of jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby on her work. Listen:   This interview originally aired May...
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Minnesota-based trumpet player Jake Baldwin swung through the studios of Jazz88 to discuss garnering a 4-star review in DownBeat magazine for his latest release on Shifting Paradigm records, Misc. Items. Listen:   This interview originally aired May 22, 2023 on The Afternoon Cruise. This interview was produced and edited by¬†Autumn Haeg.     More Posts...
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Byron Stripling, a nationally-acclaimed trumpet player and conductor, joined The Afternoon Cruise to discuss his upcoming season-opening show, celebrating the music of New Orleans and the legacy of Louis Armstrong, with the JazzMN Orchestra on Tuesday, May 23. Listen:   This interview originally aired May 19, 2023 on The Afternoon Cruise. This interview was produced...
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