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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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  Kamasi Washington – Prologue Davina and the Vagabonds – Build Me Up Buttercup Khruangbin – Three From Two The Early Planets – DONKEY WJ3 All-Stars – Jitterbug Waltz Kirsten Edkins – Party Slug Cornbread Harris – Night Train Karrin Allyson – Wave Charles McPherson – Ode to Barry Nick Finzer – Say When  ...
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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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  Kamasi Washington – Prologue Julian Lage – Nothing Happens Here Nduduzo Makhathini – Izinkonjana The Early Planets – DONKEY WJ3 All-Stars – Jitterbug Waltz Lauren Henderson – Venas Kirsten Edkins – Party Slug Cornbread Harris – Night Train Karrin Allyson – Wave Stuart Mack – Summertime   Loading…   More Posts for Show: This...
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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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Jazz88’s Peter Solomon spoke with Jonathan Taylor Rush, guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, about their second annual Juneteenth program, scheduled for Friday, June 14th at 8 PM. He discusses the wide ranging program, which includes compositions by William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds, and more recent works by Omar Thomas, Carlos Simon, and hip hop...
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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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