The rich improvisational heritage of big band music in its heyday lives on in today's bands under the direction of composers and leaders who know how to fuse tradition with contemporary styles. Among them is a Twin Cities trumpeter who aims to bring the music into the 21st century.
For a long time, jazz held a reputation as "the devil's music," but many of the faithful have come to recognize that musicians can be divinely inspired. Among the contemporary musicians to express spirituality through jazz is John Raymond, who performs this weekend in St. Paul.
Jazz drummer Jay Epstein has heard people say that the music hailed as America's art form is dead -- or that many think jazz is stuck in the past. But he's not buying it.
When the Twin Cities Jazz Festival gets into full swing on Thursday, jazz enthusiasts and occasional fans will have the chance to see an array of great artists and styles, from swinging standards to free improvisation.
When a poet embarks on a journey of discovery, what she learns can take the audience on surprising turns. Lisa Brimmer's path led her to jazz, from the heady days of the genre's innovative past to the eclectic exploration of modern forms.
To appreciate the cool vibe jazz saxophonist Brandon Wozniak brings to a set, it pays to watch him stride to the bandstand.
The singer Ashley Gold couldn't be busier this week. She's collaborating with other musicians and rehearsing, all while preparing for a show tonight for the opening installment of a month-long Tuesday night residency at the 331 Club in Minneapolis.
In two years, Malamanya has transformed itself from a band of musicians from different backgrounds inspired by Latin music to a tight ensemble that knows its music.
This weekend, jazz guitarist Zacc Harris will show how he breaks musical barriers when he debuts a new album at St. Paul's Artist Quarter, sharing original compositions that reflect a variety of influences, but aren't wed to any of them.
Some musicians say it's time to switch to a term like 'Black American Music.'
Salsa singer Frankie Negron relies on a blend of contemporary hooks and tradition -- and the power of his 13-member band, an ensemble that aims to dazzle a crowd with powerful percussion, blaring horns and danceable beats.
Motown may have provided the beats and style that made African-American music appealing to wider audiences. But in James Brown, audiences found raw and unapologetic expression.
When jazz singer Magos Herrera takes the stage tonight at the Ordway, she won't be trying to channel any of the great voices of her genre's majestic tradition, as much as she admires them.
Herbie Hancock has performed around the world in a great variety of settings. But until recently, he's never been interested in the kind of solo piano tour that brings him to the Twin Cities on Friday.
Many don't view the world through our centuries-old prism. That can be a blessing, but it also could be a hardship.