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.
Vibraphone pioneer Gary Burton will be at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis this week.
Some of the original performers have passed away. But the music — an earthy mix of Spanish guitar, African rhythms and percussion known as "son" — continues to thrill.
Jazz fans will celebrate the Illicit Sextet's return and Steve Kenny's restoration Friday and Saturday at St. Paul's Artists' Quarter.
The sounds that emerge from the stage will be heavily rooted in the rhythms of Africa and its diaspora, played by a band that, Lea says, is a rare treat for Twin Cities audiences. Joining him on bandstand will be bassist Anthony Cox, pianist Richard Johnson and trumpeter Solomon Parham.
When musicians compile the biggest names of all time in jazz and Latin music, Puente would most certainly make both lists. Long before his death more than a decade ago, he also set the standard for Latin jazz. A new collection explores a pivotal period in his work, from 1949 to 1960.
Craig Taborn, an acclaimed composer and performer who grew up in Golden Valley, performs Friday at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
A big challenge for today's jazz musicians is how to create new music without overwhelming listeners with inaccessible pieces. The Twin Cities group Triose has found its way by playing aiming to play good music that's not too complicated. Triose has two performances scheduled in the area this week.
In a crowd, Todd Clouser could be just another guy whose struggles are his own quiet secrets. But on the stage, he's a monster, pouring out guitar riffs with electrified ease. Clouser and his band A Love Electric performs Saturday at the Icehouse restaurant in Minneapolis.
Bassist Omer Avital, whose family hails from Morocco and Yemen, grew up in Israel. Surrounded by one tradition but raised in another, he has long absorbed a variety of styles, including European classical music. But the vehicle he chooses to express his creativity is jazz. He performs Thursday at the Jewish Community Center in St. Paul.
Koplant No, a jazz-electronic band, plays tonight at the Icehouse restaurant in Minneapolis. Since 2008, they've fused a jazz sensibility with ambitious use of samples and electronic sounds to make engaging and expansive music.
When you make your living playing and singing classic songs that were popular decades ago, audiences can be surprised if you throw them a curve.
The artists of the Mother of Masks ensemble aim to honor an expansive culture built on collective and individual expression. The musicians blend spoken word, poetry and improvised music in a blues-based fountain of black creative consciousness.
Jazz saxophonist Dave Karr continues to take the stage with joy, even though he's playing to the choir -- a small audience of fans devoted to bebop, the muscular and unpredictable sound that sparked a musical revolution in the 1940s.