Joined at the Hip: A History of Jazz in the Twin Cities

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This morning on Morning Edition, host Cathy Wurzer spoke to jazz historian Jay Goetting, the author of a new book on the Twin Cities jazz scene called “Joined at the Hip.”

A couple of things struck me in the interview. First, relative youngster that I am, I had no idea there was such a strong connection between jazz music and riverboat culture. Well it didn’t take long to find out that there are entire tomes dedicated to the subject.

Secondly, while I knew jazz musicians often play some lowly gigs just to pay the rent, hearing Goetting talk about a gig playing backup for a belly dancer was downright incongruous. What an image!

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking on the link below:

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