Folk, Jazz & World

  • The Twin Cities bass foundation
    Veteran Minneapolis musician Gordon Johnson has a reputation for being the Twin Cities' go-to jazz bassist. He's admired by fellow musicians and fans for his versatility and impeccable playing, and has just released his latest CD, "GJ4."June 3, 2008
  • Ann Reed: Song for Minnesota Concert
    After hundreds of miles, e-mails and eager people Ann Reed's quest to write a new song for Minnesota is over. Or is it? On May 3, 2008 Ann got together some of her favorite musicians to present a concert that was the culmination of the tour.May 22, 2008
  • Gordon Johnson on "GJ4"
    Twin Cities bassist Gordon Johnson is out with another "Trios" album. This is the fourth in a series of recordings featuring Gordy, along with a variety of different jazz pianists and drummers.May 22, 2008
  • Sharing a swingin' archive
    Bob DeFlores' film archive is one of the largest private collections in the country. A new partnership with Normandale Community College will make many of his rare, historical films available for educational institutions.May 1, 2008
  • The joy of pipa
    Gao Hong is the master of the ancient Chinese lute known as the pipa. Since arriving in Minnesota, she's taken the instrument into surprising new territories by collaborating with musicians from a diverse range of cultures and traditions. She's making her Carnegie Hall debut this month.April 18, 2008
  • A triumph on the trombone
    A member of the first family of jazz, Delfeayo Marsalis, plays a tribute to a New Orleans great Louis Armstrong.Midmorning, April 17, 2008
  • The Brass Kings perform in The Current studio
    Everything but the kitchen sink. That's what your stage looks like when The Brass Kings show up to play a gig. They haul in a washboard, part of a refrigerator door, an old washtub, some rope, a pole, and an arm load of various guitars.February 28, 2008
  • Singer Connie Evingson celebrates St. Paul-born jazz great
    Local jazz singer Connie Evingson's latest CD is a collection of songs by jazz pianist and singer Dave Frishberg. The St. Paul native is regarded as one of the finest songwriters of the past few decades. The CD also reunites Frishberg with an old U of M friend he describes as one of the most gifted musicians he ever met.February 24, 2008
  • The sacred side of Ellington
    Duke Ellington is considered one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Many of his songs are enduring standards. On Sunday, the choral group VocalEssence explores a lesser-known side of the legendary jazz pianist and bandleader.February 15, 2008
  • Grammy winners on Midmorning
    With the 50th Grammy Awards coming up this weekend, we'll look back at Midmorning's favorite music shows, featuring artists who are no strangers to the top music award.Midmorning, February 8, 2008
  • Holiday music from Robin and Linda Williams
    A broadcast of Robin and Linda Williams' Christmas special, recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater on December 1, 2007. Special guests include Chris Brashear Jim Watson and Eliza Gilkyson.Midmorning, December 25, 2007
  • Michelle Shocked's spiritual journey
    When a punk rock feminist folk singer finds Jesus, the result is a beautiful live gospel album.Midmorning, November 29, 2007
  • Leigh Kamman to step down as host of 'The Jazz Image'
    Kamman, who was hosted "The Jazz Image" since 1973, has been in the jazz broadcasting business for some 60 years. His last broadcast will be in late September.July 16, 2007
  • Fiddler explores music to die for
    Hardanger fiddle music is not exactly a chart topper in this country. Even so, a Minneapolis musician is devoting her life to helping audiences appreciate the centuries-old Norwegian musical tradition. Karen Torkelson Solgard is also giving the music an unmistakable American accent.June 28, 2007
  • West Bank festival has Pan-African vision
    Organizers are developing the Twin Cities' first Pan-African cultural festival. "Afrifest" is designed to introduce Minnesota's African immigrants to each other and the larger population.May 18, 2007

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