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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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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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Dayna Martinez, Executive Director of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, visited the Morning Show on International Jazz Day to reveal the complete lineup of artists performing at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival on June 21st and 22nd. https://kbem-od.streamguys1.com/kbem/20240430101811-SolomonandMartinez4-30.mp3
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Jazz88 celebrates the life and career of drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, who died on April 3rd at the age of 88. Heath was born in Philadelphia to a family of accomplished musicians. His oldest brother Percy was the bassist with the Modern Jazz Quartet for four decades and his other elder sibling Jimmy was a legendary saxophonist and composer. While still in...
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Jazz88 celebrates the birthday of legendary bassist Buster Williams, born on this day in Camden, New Jersey. Williams made his first recordings at the age of seventeen, while working with the tenor saxophone duo of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. He became a favorite accompanist for several great jazz singers, including Dakota Staton, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn, and Carmen McRae. Williams became...
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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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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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  This year Jazz88 has kept track of all the songs we’ve played from the year 2023. We are asking you to vote for your ten favorite tunes to help us put together an hour celebrating the best releases of 2023. Please place your votes before 10pm on Thursday, December 7. Loading… More Posts for...
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Jazz88 celebrates the birthday of Jim Hall, born this day in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. Hall was widely admired for his harmonic acumen, his understated guitar style and his distinctive compositional voice. While he admired guitar innovators like Charlie Christian and Barney Kessel, he was largely inspired by horn players like Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. After morving to Los Angeles...
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