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Twin Cities singer Maud Hixson won a Bistro Award recently for “Permanent Moonlight,” an album of songs by Richard Rodney Bennett. She spoke with Jazz88’s Peter Solomon about her path to becoming a professional jazz singer and about a Doris Day Tribute at Crooners’ Dunsmore Room on April 20th. https://kbem-od.streamguys1.com/kbem/20240415113940-MaudHixson_webmixdown.mp3
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Jazz88’s Peter Solomon spoke with Brazilian guitar virtuoso Diego Figueiredo about his musical development and his recent album “My World,” which featured guest appearances by clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peplowski and trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Figueiredo is appearing at Crooners on Friday 3/29. https://kbem-od.streamguys1.com/kbem/20240328093738-DiegoFigwithmusic3_01080.mp3
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In the summer of 2020 deVon Russell Gray, Nathan Hanson and Davu Seru recorded the album We Sick in a church in Saint Paul that was available due to the COVID pandemic. The tumult of the summer of 2020 showed up in all sorts of ways on the spontaneously composed recordings. Since the 2022 release...
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According to LA Buckner, he is putting “all his eggs into his own basket.” After years of splitting his time as a sideman and as a leader he is focusing on taking LA Buckner and BiG HOMiE up to the next level. To that end, Buckner is making his debut as a leader at Crooners...
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Adi Yeshaya is an in-demand arranger and composer whose has done work for Whitney Houston, Prince, Lena Horne and more. In the Twin Cities Yeshaya might be best known for his longtime collaboration with Debbie Duncan. After Duncan’s passing in 2020 Adi started to revisit the charts he had worked up during their decades of...
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  Jenny Klukken has been bridging the gap between her classical background and her passion for jazz on her primary instrument, the marimba, for years. She’s back at it on Thursday night over at Crooners with an all-star band of Chris Olson (g), Chris Bates (b) and non-Chris Dave Schmalenberger (d). Klukken caught up with...
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Joyann Parker is all in for the blues and for weighted blankets. As she travels the road as a celebrated blues musician she has been amassing a fan base across the Midwest and beyond. Check out the conversation to find out all about Joyann Parker’s 2023 album Roots, her holiday show at KJ’s Hideaway and...
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Ginger Commodore, Judi Vinar and Connie Evingson are all headliners in their own right but they have elected to get together as a triple threat for the first time to usher in the holidays with their Crooner’s concert on November 30 “Holiday Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice”. The trio connected with Sean McPherson from the...
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“Every Other Culture Knows Their History, We Need to Know Our History Too” – Nabaté Isles Nabaté Isles connected with Jazz88 in advance of his show this Sunday at Crooners. The show is titled “Jazz’s Influence on Hip-Hop”. Isles was quick to point out how his upbringing in NYC in the golden era of hip-hop...
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Twin Cities vocalist Aja Parham fell in love with the voice of Sarah Vaughan the first time she heard her on CD. From there, Parham has made an effort to celebrate Sarah Vaughan on stages across the Twin Cities and beyond. She’ll be exploring the Sarah Vaughan songbook on Sunday night over at Crooners. Listen...
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