St. Paul's Artists Quarter may be fading into history and the Dakota Jazz Club is still preparing to open a music venue in its space, but local musicians aren't waiting for a dominant club to come to the rescue.
On his band's new self-titled recording, Pedrito Martinez offers a bit of homespun wisdom, urging his audience to live conscious lives and avoid arrogance.
Expect Melissa Aldana to turn heads on Saturday, when she takes the main stage at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival with Chilean bassist Pablo Menares and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, the two impeccable instrumentalists who round out the Crash Trio.
When the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival gets underway this week in St. Paul, it will include an expanded list of performances, from big national names to vibrant local ensembles.
Jazz artists, including the new Twin Cities group Courageous Endeavors, increasingly are modifying their approach with composed pieces that spell out a great deal of what will be played on stage.
Miguel Zenon's feel for the music has taken him from San Juan to New York City, where today he is among the most celebrated of young jazz lions.
Orquesta Aragon, a storied ensemble, performs tonight and Thursday at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.
The free event at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis includes saxophonist Donald Washington, actor Sha Cage and poets Louis Alemayehu, Lisa Brimmer and J. Otis Powell!. Many of them took part in a 2011 performance with Baraka at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis that explored the African-American experience.
As the applause ebbs and the Dakota prepares to lease the Artists' Quarter space, some musicians say they want to hear more about what music the Dakota will promote - and who'll get to play there.
The leaders of five modern jazz groups have formed Shifting Paradigm Records, a new label that aims to give artists greater visibility in the Twin Cities, and nationally.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies.
Jana Nyberg's band debuts her new holiday album Saturday at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.
When four of the best backup musicians in the Twin Cities kept meeting each other in the studio, they quickly noticed their common musical interests. Those gigs led guitarist Cory Wong, bassist Yohannes Tona, pianist Kevin Gastonguay and drummer Petar Janjic to form Foreign Motion, a new jazz fusion ensemble with a diverse and international vibe.
News that the nationally known Artists' Quarter in downtown St. Paul is closing for good at the end of the year hit area musicians and fans like a brick. The club's nights will come to an end on New Year's Eve.
Guitarist Zacc Harris, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, bassist Chris Bates and drummer Pete Hennig stretch their imaginations with a potent mix of influences and styles in one dynamic recording.