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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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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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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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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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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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Like so many of the greats out of the Twin Cities, Steve Yeager is equally comfortable on stage, in the studio or in a lesson setting. Wherever he goes Yeager carries his love and dedication to the vibraphone. His recent release, Collective Vibe, gives listeners a chance to hear some highlights from Yeager’s earlier releases...
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Some of Minnesota’s most iconic and longstanding jazz musicians will tell their stories and perform in a concert during Jazz Appreciation Month. Minnesota Jazz Legends is an intimate afternoon of live music and inspiring stories, and a multimedia record of their lives and legacies, now in its tenth year. Jazz88 host and vocalist Patty Peterson is host and producer. Presented by Jazz88,...
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This week’s Hot New Local Single is Tina Schlieske – “My Baby Just Cares for Me” from her album The Good Life  Tina Schlieske has been a household name in the Twin Cities music scene for eons, but this new release “The Good Life” marks her most serious exploration of jazz in a studio setting. She teamed up...
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