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James on Jazz: ‘Jazz Noir,’ JT’s Jazz Implosion & The Nicollet jazz night


What’s happening next in the Twin Cities on the jazz front? Below, a few hot happenings around town.  

If you missed saxophonist James Jimmy-apolis Wallace play at the hot and relatively new Friday night jazz spot at The Nicollet (located at 1913 Nicollet Avenue, in Minneapolis), don’t fret! There are plenty of great performances coming up around town to help you savor the rest of Jazz Appreciation Month and beyond. Next at Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet is Framework, consisting of Chris Olson, Jay Epstein, Chris Bates on May 1.  

On Saturday, April 25, vocalist Ginger Commodore will lend her powerful vocals for a Tribute to Stevie Wonder at the Dakota Jazz Club at 8 pm. Commodore will share the stage with special guest Julius Collins. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights


Ziggy Marley

Tue., Aug. 12, 7:30 pm

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

Go to or call 952-431-9200




Ginger Commodore & Debbie Duncan Sing Aretha

Fri., Aug. 08, 8 pm

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-332-1010




R&B Comedy Explosion

With Keith Sweat, Lyfe Jennings, and Avery Sunshine. Hosted by Coco Brown

Fri., Aug. 08, 8 pm

State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-339-7007



Pizza Luce Block Party 2014 

With GRRRL PRTY, Heiruspecs, Mark Mallman, Dem Atlas, and more. Continue Reading →

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Greater diversity unlikely in post-Borton Gopher women’s basketball



Thus far, Gopher AD Norwood Teague is two-for-two in firing coaches in consecutive years. He fired Pam Borton as the school’s women’s basketball coach, seemingly less than 24 hours after her last game last week. She got the ziggy in less time than Tubby Smith got axed around this same time nearly a year ago. Borton was my fifth coach I covered as the longest tenured Gopher women hoops beat writer, She had her faults — no coach is perfect, and for whatever reason, she couldn’t convince too many local Black females to play for her.  

Former Gopher Leah Cotton, who played for Borton (2010-13), recently spoke to the MSR while in town for the team’s Senior Night March 2. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights


Chastity Brown 

Sun., Mar. 9, 11 am

Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

Call 612-276-6523 or go to  

 Joe Louis Walker 

Fri., Mar. 7, 8 pm

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

Call 612-332-1010 or go to  


Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole 

Sun., Mar. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music

Kool G Rap and DJ Polo 
Fri., May 17, 10 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Avenue S., 612-338-6425 or • Kool G Rap is regarded as a hugely influential golden age rapper. He is often cited as one of the most influential and skilled MC’s of all time • With special guest Empire Status, (Bobby Raps & Muja Messiah), and Long Doe (Tony Bones, Big Wiz, Mike the Martyr & DJ Nimo the Hooligan) and dj’s King Otto & Just Nine.  




Dennis Spears & Ginger Commodore
Sat., May 18, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Spears and Commodore, both known for their contribution to Moore by Four, as well as being gems of the Midwest music and theater scenes in their own right, join forces for a night of sizzling soul and powerful vocals.  




The Blu Ice Soul Session featuring. Erica West w/DJ Smoke D
Tues., May 21, 8 pm • Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. Continue Reading →

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