Minnesota Public Radio features by David Cazares http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30741 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:27:04 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by David Cazares http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Trumpeter John Raymond brings modern fire to classic approach 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/john-raymond-roots-trio?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:27:10 -0500 Primary 2014: Kahn, Loon hold on to legislative seats 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/legislative-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:45:00 -0500 Primary 2014: Johnson wins GOP race for governor Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/governor-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500 'All Originals' jazz shows to highlight vibrant Twin Cities scene 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/all-originals-jazz?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:27:33 -0500 Pedrito Martinez brings sounds of Cuba to The Dakota 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/pedrito-martinez-brings-sounds-of-cuba-to-the-dakota?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:08:48 -0500 Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana plays like an old soul 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/melissa-aldana?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:59:46 -0500 Must-see shows at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/06/must-see-shows-at-the-twin-cities-jazz-festival/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:10:31 -0500 Twin Cities band Courageous Endeavors maps out new path for jazz 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/courageous-endeavors-jazz-band?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 11:42:53 -0500 Jazz musician Miguel Zenon plays the Puerto Rican songbook 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/miguel-zenon-to-perform-with-the-jazzmn-orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Orquesta Aragon lives and breathes a century of Cuban music Orquesta Aragon, a storied ensemble, performs tonight and Thursday at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/orquesta-aragon-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:46:35 -0500 Twin Cities artists gather to honor poet Amiri Baraka 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/twin-cities-artists-gather-to-honor-poet-amiri-baraka?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:02:21 -0500 Musicians hope local jazz is no warm-up act as Dakota enters Artists' Quarter space 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/06/musicians-hope-local-jazz-is-no-warmup-act-as-dakota-enters-artists-quarter-space-?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:06:24 -0500 New label aims to promote Twin Cities jazz 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/new-label-aims-to-promote-twin-cities-jazz?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:50:13 -0600 Archbishop John Nienstedt's years in the Twin Cities The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/17/nienstedt/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:43 -0600 Jana Nyberg Group treats listeners to a warm 'Winter Song' Jana Nyberg's band debuts her new holiday album Saturday at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/with-winter-song-jana-nyberg-group-gives-listeners-a-warm-winter-treat/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:18:01 -0600 Foreign Motion takes jazz on an international trip When four of the best backup musicians in the Twin Cities kept meeting each other in the studio, they quickly noticed their common musical interests. Those gigs led guitarist Cory Wong, bassist Yohannes Tona, pianist Kevin Gastonguay and drummer Petar Janjic to form Foreign Motion, a new jazz fusion ensemble with a diverse and international vibe. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/taking-jazz-on-an-international-trip/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:15:27 -0500 Artists' Quarter closing a 'huge blow to creative music' 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/arts/artists-quarter-closing?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:52:44 -0500 Atlantis Quartet expands musical vison on new CD 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/atlantis-quartet-expands-musical-vison-on-new-cd/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:53:27 -0500 Vibraphone pioneer Gary Burton learned to listen to himself -- and the music Vibraphone pioneer Gary Burton will be at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/arts/gary-burton-jazz?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Buena Vista Social Club brings classic Cuban sound to Minnesota 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/buena-vista-social-club-comes-to-burnsville?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:09:14 -0500 For Illicit Sextet's Steve Kenny, a hard road back to success Jazz fans will celebrate the Illicit Sextet's return and Steve Kenny's restoration Friday and Saturday at St. Paul's Artists' Quarter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/arts/steve-kenny-illicit-sextet?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:25:23 -0500 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/music/babatunde-lea-to-perform-at-artists-quarter?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:29:56 -0500 With Tito Puente's 'Quatro' collection, time for an appreciation 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/arts/tito-puente-quatro-latin-jazz?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Jazz pianist Craig Taborn: Influenced by greats, but no imitator Craig Taborn, an acclaimed composer and performer who grew up in Golden Valley, performs Friday at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/arts/jazz-pianist-craig-taborn?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:50:40 -0500 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/arts/triose-jazz-trio-performs?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:18:57 -0500 Todd Clouser's guitar riffs come from drive to 'ruthlessly create' 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/arts/todd-clouser?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Israeli musician draws on African and American roots to make jazz 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/arts/omer-avital-jazz?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Koplant No brings jazz-electronic hybrid to Mpls. 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/arts/koplant-no-minneapolis-show?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:38:43 -0600 John Pizzarelli: expanding music with rhythm and swing 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/arts/john-pizzarelli?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:13:27 -0600 Mother of Masks explores rich black tradition 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/arts/mother-of-masks?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Groovin' to bebop with Dave Karr 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/11/bebop-still-inspires-dave-karr.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Latin jazz bandleader Poncho Sanchez says 'Don't just listen - Dance! ' When bandleader Poncho Sanchez brings a soulful blend of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban and other rhythms to the Ordway Center tonight, he fully expects the audience to get up move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/arts/latin-jazz-poncho-sanchez?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Meet Lila Downs, Mexico's musical ambassador to Minn. Lila Downs has long lived in two worlds. Born in Mexico to Mixtec indigenous singer Anita Sanchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and cinematographer, she went to school in Roseville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/arts/mexican-folk-singer-lila-downs-saint-paul-concert?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:51:50 -0500 In his hands: Babatunde Lea channels African drumming traditions Babatunde Lea likes to tell people that, as a child of an African-American family that loved Afro-Caribbean music, he knew how to dance the mambo and cha-cha-cha before he could walk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/arts/lea-jazz-drummer?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Larry McDonough and Richard Terrill: poetry in jazz When accomplished jazz musicians begin to compose new works of music, they might draw from a variety of influences, from classic songs and works of art to musings of children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/arts/larry-mcdonough-richard-terrill-jazz?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Jazz bassist Chris Bates moves to the front Anyone who sees and hears Chris Bates perform in the Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, Framework or Leisure Valley won't miss how he powers those innovative ensembles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/arts/chris-bates-bassist?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:59:00 -0500 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/arts/jazz-festival?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:15:03 -0500 MN jazz singer Jana Nyberg keeps standards sounding fresh The Jana Nyberg Group will perform Wednesday at St. Paul's Artists Quarter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/arts/jana-nyberg-jazz-standards?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:35:23 -0500 Twin Cities composer brings big band sound to 21st century 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/arts/adam-meckler-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:05:53 -0500 John Raymond trumpets joyful noise, praise in debut CD 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/13/jazz-john-raymond?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Modern bands make big statements at Twin Cities Jazz Festival 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/arts/twin-cities-jazz-festival-modern-jazz?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:42:23 -0500 Twin Cities Jazz Festival balances edginess, mainstream 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/arts/twin-cities-music-festival-joshua-redman-bad-plus?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Poet turns to jazz to explore her roots 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/arts/lisa-brimmer-jazz-poet?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:41:47 -0500 Saxophonist Brandon Wozniak's expressive journey through jazz To appreciate the cool vibe jazz saxophonist Brandon Wozniak brings to a set, it pays to watch him stride to the bandstand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/arts/saxophonist-brandon-wozniak?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:11:57 -0500 Ashley Gold: Seven questions for a Minnesota songwriter 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/ashley-gold-seven-questions?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:06:11 -0500 Malamanya spreads the word about Cuban music in Mpls. 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/arts/malamanya?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 15:27:48 -0500 Jazz guitarist Zacc Harris blends tradition and novelty on 'The Garden' 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/arts/zacc-harris-jazz-guitarist-the-garden?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 12:40:27 -0500 Is 'jazz' a label that no longer works? Some musicians say it's time to switch to a term like 'Black American Music.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/cazares?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Frankie Negron brings classic salsa beats to The Cedar tonight 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/frankie-negron-cedar-cultural-center?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 11:54:42 -0600 'Pee Wee' Ellis leads 'Still Black, Still Proud' James Brown tribute 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/still-black-still-proud-pee-wee-ellis-james-brown?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:20:00 -0600 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/magos-herrera-taps-mexicos-african-roots?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:58:19 -0500 Jazz icon Herbie Hancock brings rare solo tour to Twin Cities 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/herbie-hancock-solo-orchestra-hall?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:30:00 -0500 A world that's no longer in black and white Many don't view the world through our centuries-old prism. That can be a blessing, but it also could be a hardship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/cazares-world-in-black-and-white?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 N-word in 'Huck Finn' starts a conversation we need to have A parent who has felt the slur's sting wants his daughters to know the plain truth about our history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/david-cazares-n-word-huck-finn-conversation?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 05:00:00 -0600