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Paige Tighe
Don’t make the mistake of calling the BZ3 Organ Trio a jazz group. Sure, jazz is in there, but they are an organ trio through and through; comfortable working funk, blues, reggae and more into their repertoire. For their rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Too High” they tapped one of the greatest vocalists working in the Twin...
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Peter Solomon spoke with Dayna Martinez, Executive Director of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, about the headliners that will be featured at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in June. https://kbem-od.streamguys1.com/kbem/20240227103606-FINALConversationwithDaynaMartinez.mp3
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Though he’s short on released material, Kavyesh Kaviraj is already one of the most sought after collaborators in the Twin Cities. Sharing the stage with artists like Lady Midnight, Kevin Washington, Lady Midnight and more, Kaviraj brings a tangible enthusiasm and inspiration to every note he plays. The glimpse we’ve gotten into his work as...
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Sam Keenan of MN Jazz Tracks interviewed Tim Sparks before his January show at the Dakota. He talks about his new album, “Lost and Found” and the state of being a musician in this new digital age. Sparks’ new album comes out the life of a touring musician. Currently touring with a group of guitarists...
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We’ll take all the new music we can get from Kevin Washington & RA Spirit. From his drum stool Kevin Washington has been telling the story of Twin Cities music for decades. But Washington has a lot more to offer than his mastery of the kit. He’s a writer, a vocalist and quite the guitar...
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A regular business meeting of the MPS School Board has been noticed. : Feb. 13 : 5:30pm : 1250 West Broadway Ave., Mpls Public comment process and meeting notice: https://www.mpschools.org/about-mps/school-board Agenda and materials: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1807… Watch online: https://mps.eduvision.tv/liveevents MPS School Board is the governing body of Jazz88
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Jazz88 celebrates the birthday of Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson, an acclaimed vocalist and a pioneer or jazz and blues guitar. Johnson was born in New Orleans and raised in a family of musicians where he learned to play guitar, violin and other instruments. Tragedy struck Johnson’s household while he was on tour in England, and every member of...
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It’s a big deal in town when Leslie Vincent drops a new record. She’s a gifted writer and vocalist and she’s got the right players in town to bring her tunes to another level. Jazz88 has been very supportive of the song “Icetown Blues.” It’s a great chart and the telepathic interplay between Vincent and...
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HEYARLO put out one song in 2023, but it was a darn good one. Though they haven’t spent a lot of time in the studio together, they are no strangers to crafting a beautiful piece of music. The song “Remembrance” features the soft and exploratory sounds of DeCarlo Jackson’s flugelhorn with constantly evolving support from Evan...
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Hot New Local Singles highlight local new songs. Sean will let you know a bit about the song and we will share a link to the song so you can check it out. 2023 was a good year for Jake Baldwin; he got a shining review in Downbeat magazine for his “Misc. Items” albums, showed...
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