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, but not his first visit to the Twin … [Read more...]
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Taking a short break from packing for her upcoming trip to her hometown, soprano Brittany Renee Robinson spoke to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder about what attendees can expect from her appearance at Faith Tabernacle Gospel Fellowship’s (FTGF) 30th anniversary concert. The New York City transplant explains that performing at her mother Yvonne’s church was planned for some … [Read more...]
Lawn chairs and smiling faces filled the intersection of Selby Avenue and Milton in St. Paul, as jazz enthusiasts gathered Saturday, September 9 for the 2017 Selby JazzFest. Attendees enjoyed the smooth sounds of MotorSOUL Collective, New Sound Underground, Walker West Music Academy’s Urban Legends of Jazz, Salsa Del Soul and more at the annual fest, presented by Golden … [Read more...]
Mychael Wright, founder of the Selby Ave JazzFest and owner of Golden Thyme Coffee Café, recently announced the entertainment line-up for the 2017 Selby Ave JazzFest. “With 2017 marking our 16th anniversary, I wanted to bring in a mix of past fest performers and a few acts who are starting to tear things up,” stated Wright, regarding this year’s line-up. “I think people are … [Read more...]
Juan de Marcos González reflects on vibrant musical heritage For Juan de Marcos González, there are three pillars that are constants in his life: family, spirituality and music. From his days as a relative unknown paying his dues, to the enviable position he now occupies, each of these elements have always been intertwined in ways that have informed his … [Read more...]