“I’m glad we didn’t go to the park. We’re stuck in here together,” Dianne Reeves said at the end of her scorching hot set inside the Amsterdam Bar and Hall on Saturday night, June 28, to close the 16th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival in St. Paul. It’s estimated that 20,000 attended the free festivities that took place at various outdoor and indoor locations. With the rain on Saturday came a change of venue for the Reeves concert, from outdoor to indoor, but despite all that, it turned out to be a good thing. Continue Reading →
As the summer of 2014 is upon us, and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is happening this weekend, June 26-28 in downtown St. Paul in Mears Park and nearby clubs, now is the time to show your love for the art and music made by the distinctive voices soon-to-be heard at this year’s TC Jazz Fest, celebrating its 16th year and established track record of attracting over 30,000 music lovers. And here’s more good news, Metro Transit is offering free rides to the festival on Friday and Saturday.
So, what does 21st century jazz sound like coming from the cosmopolitan cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis? We’re about to find out. Continue Reading →
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A quick scan of jazz news confirms pop-oriented jazz is still the name of the game, and new albums and books attempt to keep up with the trends in the jazz world. Here’s an update and sampling of what’s happening.
News from Marsalis Music: Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
The Ellis Marsalis Music Center was conceived by New Orleans natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis and constructed by New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity as a cornerstone of its post-Katrina effort. The New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village provides a home for artists and the sounds that have helped to shape the world of music. The 17,000-square-foot center includes a 170-seat performance space, recording facilities, computer center, listening library, dance studio, classrooms, and teaching facilities for individual and group instruction, and is also a gathering place for the community. Continue Reading →
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Among all the emails, press releases and newsletters received, believe it or not, there is real news. Below is just a sampling of the mix. With so much competing for our attention these days, it helps to plan your free time and make time for some musical enjoyment. Thanks to all for continuing to keep MSR readers informed, engaged, and entertained.
Deluxe digital reissue of Lionel Loueke’s debut album
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, independent record label Obliqsound will reissue the internationally acclaimed West African guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke’s debut album Virgin Forest. Continue Reading →