The Twin Cities Jazz Festival opens today with a broad array of music from national and regional musicians on old and new stages. Festival headliners include Grammy winners Branford Marsalis and Dianne Reeves and Melissa Aldana, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Musicians from Minnesota list them among their must-see shows, along Read more

Among the Minnesotans who are making strong contributions to improvisational music is Duluth native Tom Matta, a trombonist, composer and arranger who teaches at DePaul University in Chicago. The Tom Matta Big Band’s recording “Components” was one of the notable albums from Minnesotans in 2013, with strong compositions, polished arrangements and artful solos. The tunes Read more