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Choreographer Leslie Parker and musician DeCarlo Jackson have been working together in a larger group toward a Black Dance Improvisation concert coming up on Saturday, June 22 at the Cedar Cultural Center. The event is part of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and represents the culmination of work done with a cast of dancers and...
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Jazz88’s Peter Solomon caught up with singer and songwriter Nicole Zuraitis, whose 2023 recording, How Love Begins, received the Grammy award for “Best Jazz Vocal Album.” Zuraitis plays Thursday evening, June 20th, at the Dakota in an appearance billed as a pre-Twin Cities Jazz Festival show. https://kbem-od.streamguys1.com/kbem/20240619093839-NicoleZuraoitisforWeb.mp3 More Posts for Show: Jazz Inspired
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Damian Kulash, singer and guitarist for OK Go, is getting ready for a show at First Ave on July 11, and he recently touched base with Jazz88 to discuss how he has connected with jazz throughout his life. During his conversation with Sean McPherson, Kulash discussed how jazz got him to focus on what is...
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In anticipation of their Courtyard Concert appearance at MIA on Thursday, June 20 for a Juneteenth Celebration, Sean McPherson connected with artists Queen Drea, PaviElle,and Tish Jones. Hailing from the same part of Saint Paul (Rondo), Jones, Queen Drea, and PaviElle have served as “co-conspirators” for decades. Throughout the conversation, the themes of Black liberation...
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Jazz88’s Peter Solomon spoke with pianist, vocalist, songwriter and composer Eliane Elias about her new album, Time and Again, coming out later this month on Candid Records. The recording features background vocals by Mark Kibble of Take 6, and guest appearances by legendary performers like Brazilian singer Djavan and jazz artists Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine,...
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Grammy-winning bassist Ben Williams is in the Twin Cities to play the Black to Life event at Schneider Theater on Friday, June 14. Before he even got his checked baggage from the carousel, he hopped on the phone to talk with Jazz88’s Sean McPherson about how he has added producer, vocalist, and leader to his...
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After studying at UW-Eau Claire and a stint in Chicago, guitarist Mike Wolter has firmly planted his flag in the Twin Cities jazz scene. On Friday, June 14, he’ll be celebrating the release of his band’s debut album at MetroNOME Brewery. The Early Planets’ release is called The Waits/inBetween Music, and alongside bassist Cody McKinney...
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Joe Lovano connected with Jazz88’s Sean McPherson in anticipation of his performance at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 22. Lovano and McPherson discussed Lovano’s long-running quartet, his legendary role in the Paul Motian Trio alongside Bill Frisell, and Lovano’s many great experiences in the Twin Cities, including a show with the Woody...
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Since moving to the Twin Cities from the East Coast a handful of years ago, Abinnet Berhanu has become an essential part of the Twin Cities music scene. He’s spent time supporting touring artists, playing countless jam sessions around the city and celebrating the music of Ethiopia with his group Andanet. This Saturday he brings...
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Celebrated vibraphonist and visionary Stefon Harris is making his way back to the Twin Cities for a headlining performance on the Jazz88 Mainstage at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. In anticipation of his set on Friday, June 21, Harris was kind enough to connect with Sean McPherson from Jazz88 and discuss his career, his purpose,...
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