Folk, Jazz & World

  • Jazz drummer Babatunde Lea heads to Artists' Quarter, ready for joy on the bandstand
    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.July 25, 2013
  • Jazz trio Triose aims for 'good, not complicated,' music
    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.April 3, 2013
  • Preview of the new Bob Dylan album
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer previews the new Bob Dylan album, Tempest.September 11, 2012
  • 11th annual Selby Avenue JazzFest brings music, pride
    The Selby Avenue JazzFest takes place tomorrow in St. Paul featuring a variety of jazz music styles throughout the day and into the evening. The festival, in its 11th year, has helped revitalize Selby Avenue -- a once troubled area that has undergone an economic transformation in recent years.September 7, 2012
  • Twin Cities jazz singer Christine Rosholt dies at 46
    Twin Cities jazz fans have been left reeling by the news of the unexpected death of singer Christine Rosholt earlier this week. She was 46.December 29, 2011
  • The Bad Plus in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio
    It's not easy to categorize the band The Bad Plus. They're a combination of jazz, pop, rock and a little but of Rush thrown in for good measure. They join Marianne Combs in the Maud Moon studio for a live performance and a look back at a decade of confounding musical expectations.Midmorning, December 23, 2011
  • The smooth sounds of Al Jarreau
    Jazz singer Al Jarreau has been in the music buiness for 40 years, but music was not always a major force in his life. He joins Midmorning to discuss his career, and explain when he decided that he would make singing his life.Midmorning, November 15, 2011
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon: Song leader and scholar
    Singer, scholar and civil rights activist Bernice Johnson Reagon knows from personal experience the powerful connection between music and protest. She joins Midmorning to talk about the music of the civil rights movement and the power of collective singing.Midmorning, November 11, 2011
  • Magos Herrera taps Mexico's African roots
    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.October 28, 2011
  • Esperanza Spalding makes light of serious talent
    Jazz sensation Esperanza Spalding rolls into St. Paul Tuesday night for a concert at St. Catherine's University. Spalding, an upright bassist and singer, is one of the hottest performers on the jazz scene right now.October 4, 2011
  • A little bit of this, a little bit of that in Minn. Orchestra's 'TimePiece'
    The Minnesota Orchestra's first program of the new season includes something a little different.September 28, 2011
  • Boy from the north country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota
    A new documentary from Minnesota Public Radio News explores Bob Dylan's Minnesota roots and how they influenced the evolution of his music.May 21, 2011
  • Musician authors on Midmorning
    Excerpts from Kerri Miller's conversations with three well-known musicians who have also written books.Midmorning, May 11, 2011
  • St. Olaf jazz band recognized by Downbeat magazine
    Downbeat magazine is honoring a jazz band from St. Olaf College in Northfield as the nation's top undergraduate large ensemble. "Jazz One" is the only Minnesota band to make this year's Downbeat honors.April 29, 2011
  • Jazz legend Irv Williams
    At 91, Irv Williams has earned the right to slow down a bit. But this Minnesota jazz legend has just released another CD and still performs. Irv stops by to talk about his life, his music and his work with Ella Fitzgerald and Fletch Henderson.Midmorning, April 29, 2011

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