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Memorable musical moments from 2013


People have a huge thirst for connection. How well a song or an experience stays with you can be as easy as answering the question, does this art have resonance, or not? If I were to put together a musically inspired compilation of this year’s wide sampling of recorded music that I’ve heard and the live music that I’ve experienced this year, it would include an amazing group of talented artists who continue to challenge themselves as they give us something creative and personal. As I surf the memories of my mind from this year I can’t help but start at the beginning. To kick off 2013 in spectacular fashion was Minneapolis native and Blue Note Records artist Jose James who performed music
from his album No Beginning No End. Continue Reading →

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Three jazz artists producing quality material




What does it mean to work with a high level of musicality? Three cutting-edge musicians with new albums out — veteran artists Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, and rising star Gerald Clayton —certainly know the answer to that question. And for their enduring creative efforts, their passionate music is wooing the world. Trumpeter Payton, bassist McBride, and pianist Clayton, all composers and bandleaders in their own rights, as well as Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated artists, also continue to capture the attention of critics the world over with some of the most accessible new music that I’ve heard this year, so far. They may not be appearing on bandstands with their own bands at our local jazz clubs in support of their albums anytime soon, but at least two of them are no strangers to the Jazz Showcase bandstand in Chicago. Continue Reading →

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Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity — Mpls/St Paul International Film Festival


St. Anthony Main Theatre

Showtime 1: (First Screening)
Fri, 04/12/2013 – 8:30pm


Showtime 2: (Second Screening)
Wed, 04/17/2013 – 9:20pm


Director Dorothy Darr Attending


Directed By: Dorothy Darr, Jeffrey Morse

Arrows Into Infinity is a journey in sound through the unusual life and career of this jazz legend Charles Lloyd, one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 1960s. His music crossed traditional boundaries and explored new territories. Catapulted into worldwide fame in his 20s, by his early 30s, he abandoned his life of touring and recording and went into seclusion in Big Sur, CA. Here, Lloyd and those who worked with him over the last five decades help us better understand this enigmatic man and his spiritual pursuit through music. Continue Reading →

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Sax man Charles Lloyd to appear at the Dakota


Whenever master saxophonist Charles Lloyd appears at the Dakota, it’s a beloved occasion. Not to mention, the crowd capacity for these sort of memorable events are always to the max. Next week, Lloyd returns to the Dakota just in time to celebrate his 75th birthday with performances on March 10-11, sets at 7 and 9 pm. He was born on March 15 in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the late 1960s, Lloyd has continued to make rare concert appearances around the world. Continue Reading →

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