The James on Jazz journey continues in 2018. It’s hard to believe we started this journey back in 2000. thank you for hanging in there. There’ve been some pauses along the way, nevertheless, it’s always an adventure and richly entertaining for all of those on board. Lately, the talk of the town is the Super […]
If you want to simply describe 14-year-old Joey Alexander as a remarkable child prodigy who happens to play jazz, well you needn’t. He’s on a much higher plane. The pianist, composer and bandleader from Indonesia made his Dakota Jazz Club debut with his trio on Sunday night, October 15. It was his first performance at the club, […]
The MSR caught up with our beloved locally-based vocalist Debbie Duncan. Duncan (DD) shared her thoughts on Black Music Month, the importance of jazz festivals, and gave the lowdown on her upcoming shows, having recently performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha. MSR: June is Black Music Month. What is your definition of Black […]
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, the perfect time to support live music and/or purchase some new albums to enjoy in the comfort of your home.
Plans are underway for the 18th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival taking place this summer, and its organizers have already picked the artists who will entertain the diverse and multi-generational crowd of festival-goers on June 23-26.
Cyrus Chestnut made quite an impact on the Twin Cities jazz community, so much so that the TC Jazz Festival organizers have invited him back to perform at this year’s TC Winter Jazz Festival on January 31.
When it comes to artists, their methods of craft, and the all-encompassing quest for true artistry, why are artists their toughest critic? I raise this question only because of a recent email exchange with a dear artist friend who reminded me of this fact.
Autumn is here! It’s already October and the leaves are turning gold and red. There’s plenty of things to do and see if you’re interested in music. And not just jazz, but all types of music. There are many new albums available for people to enjoy this fall season. New and vibrant sounds For one, there’s music by new […]
Get ready to make some noise, people! No one can say the Twin Cities doesn’t have it going on when it comes to hosting successful and long running jazz festivals. Two annual jazz festivals are happening over the next two Saturdays in the Twin Cities and at the same time, continuing to grow the audience for jazz.
First up is the Selby Avenue Jazz Festival, which takes place on September 12 (11 am – 8 pm); and next weekend it’s the Freedom Jazz and Art Festival, September 19 (12 pm – 6 pm). Both festivals are free and open to the public and can boast over 10+ years of history in the making.
It’s been a personal goal to continue my on-going effort to improve overall jazz coverage, be it writing for the mainstream press, specialized and jazz radio audiences. It’s been that way since day one, when I wrote my first column titled “My Jazz Journey” 15 years ago this month.