A 16-piece Cuban band and the Minnesota Youth Symphony Orchestra will join the acclaimed pianist for Sunday's performance.
Meckler, a trumpeter and composer, debuts the recording Friday at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
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Inspired by trumpeter and flugelhorn player Art Farmer's quartet from the 1960s, trumpeter John Raymond's Roots Trio brings a similar approach to a show Saturday at St. Paul's Studio Z.
In two of the most hotly contested political races in the state, challengers are poised to unseat a longtime Democratic legislator and a veteran Republican one.
Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall.
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.