When Craig Taborn sits down at the piano, he is intent on offering something new. For him, improvisation is a process of discovery.
The 15th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, which takes place June 27-29 in Mears Park in St. Paul, has announced its full schedule. It features acclaimed national acts and a strong lineup of local and regional artists.
Cyrus Chestnut, Matt Slocum and Walter Smith III and Kenny Werner will headline the 15th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, which takes place June 27-29 in St. Paul’s Mears Park.
In a concert Sunday at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall, Mexican singer Lila Downs will celebrate the life, art and career of her father, Allen Downs, who taught for more than 20 years and started the university’s first international study program. After the show, an exhibition on her father’s work will be held at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
Performer Shá Cage looks at how the ‘N’ word has affected women who’ve grown up with the word in their lives and communities.
Guitarist Evan Montgomery takes a well-deserved step away from background tonight when he performs with his quintet at Jazz Central in Minneapolis.
Malamanya, a Twin Cities group that performs its own interpretations of Afro-Latin music, unveils a new CD Saturday at Whiskey Junction in Minneapolis.
Singer Dorothy Doring and pianist Phil Mattson celebrate Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, two of the nation’s greatest jazz composers, in CD release party tonight at St. Paul’s Artists Quarter.
The list of great jazz gigs in the Twin Cities this weekend keeps growing. On Saturday, Chris Bates’ Red Five, the band led by the popular bassist, is booked for a show at Jazz at Studio Z. The band also features saxophonists Chris Thomson and Brandon Wozniak, trumpeter Zack Lozier and the composer’s brother, JT Read more →
Lulu’s Playground photo courtesy of Adam Meckler It’s mail time, and in my inbox is a new tune from Lulu’s Playground, the innovative Twin Cities quartet that features guitarist Evan Montgomery, cellist Cory Grossman, accordionist Steven Hobert and trumpeter Adam Meckler. When the group debuts its new CD, “Shadow Voices,” tonight and Saturday at St. Read more →