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Paige Tighe
The Neighborhood Quartet has been a beneath-the-radar Twin Cities mainstay for years, providing their sound on stages all across the metro. I was elated when I found out they were taking the step into commercially releasing an album, and when I heard the tune “Hey Fellas,” I knew they had found their stride. The tune...
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It’s another banner year for the Cornbread! Friend of the station and celebrated music writer, Andrea Swensson, recently released the book, Deeper Blues: The Life, Songs and Salvation of Cornbread Harris, and this past March, Harris released a new collection of tunes. The bluesy jam sounds lively, joyous, and comfortable. The band sounds relaxed, and I swear...
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Lucia Sarmiento hails from Peru but she’s been carving a path with the Twin Cities as her homebase for ten years. In that time she has toured internationally with some of the biggest names in music include Karol G and Pitbull. But when Sarmiento is in town she can fit in in almost any musical...
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  This archived interview is with Jazz88’s Patty Peterson and legendary Saxophonist, the late David Sanborn, when he and his jazz quintet were appearing at the Dakota Jazz Club in October of 2018. David opened up about his influences, his start in the business and the conversations he always looks for when performing with his...
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From the Desk of Sean McPherson: Mischief is an under appreciated emotion to conjure in music. Blues music does mischief great, maybe the best. Mischievous jazz is a close second and “DONKEY” from The Early Planets’ debut record captures that for me. From note one, you can tell that all three players are listening, reactive...
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On May 12th, 2024, the world lost a saxophone legend: Mr. David Sanborn. David was a key leader in the development of the sound of contemporary jazz. Throughout his career, he won 6 Grammy® Awards, released nearly 30 albums, 8 of which went gold and 1 went platinum. He hosted at least 2 talk shows...
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From the Desk of Sean McPherson: I expect new projects to often sound overly ambitious at their first couple stabs at studio recording. There’s a desire to impress each other, a desire to make it count cause who knows how long the project will last. I hear the opposite in HeyArlo. With two songs released...
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Jazz88 celebrates the birthday of pianist and composer Keith Jarrett, born on May 8, 1945, in Allentown, PA. Jarrett is in a class with Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea as one of the most influential keyboard artists of his generation. The scope of his work includes jazz, fusion, and classical music. He is also influential for his solo performances,...
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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...
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Cory Wong and his ascent to become one of the biggest jazz acts working today can often be taken for granted in his own backyard. For years Wong has been a fixture in our scene, showing up at jam sessions, collaborating with world class players and always letting his music do the talking. Here in...
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