Hot New Local Singles: Jenny Klukken

Start seeing marimbas! It’s a bumper sticker I would buy for sure. Jenny Klukken has carved out a lane for herself as a jazz-conversant marimba player. In the past two years, Klukken has released a handful of singles that display her great approach and her chemistry with the rhythm section of Chris Bates (bass) and Dave Schmalenberger (drums). For her latest effort, Klukken grabbed the Piaf gem,  “La Vie en Rose” and did a faithful reading. I have always been partial to “La Vie en Rose,” and to hear Klukken work through the melody, and a solo with the marimba, is a thing of beauty. The performance conjures just the right proportion of whimsy to intensity. Clocking in at 2:46, I find myself spinning it twice in a row just to catch a little more of the flavor.

Hot New Local Singles highlights new, local songs. Minnesota has a lot of great jazz, funk, soul, and jazz- adjacent music. Jazz88 is highlighting what is fresh.


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