Music Calendar

Grammy-nominated keyboardist Jeff Lorber brings a formidable quintet to the Dakota for two nights, including young trumpet phenom Christian Scott, guitarist Matthew Stevens and drummer Tony Moore.

Uniquely combining elements of funk, rock, R&B and electric jazz, Lorber had a hand in creating the sound known today as smooth jazz. As the leader of the Jeff Lorber Fusion, he spent most of the early 80s as one of the most popular acts in the jazz world, even scoring a radio hit with “Pacific Coast Highway.” At the height of his commercial peak, Lorber abandoned recording under his own name, focusing instead on production and session work.He remains a prolific performer and producer; his latest album, Heard That, was released in September 2008.

A lot has already been said about 25-year old trumpeter Christian Scott, but it’s clear he’s just getting started. Not content with simply playing straight-ahead jazz, Scott’s music has elements of hip-hop, R&B, and indie rock layered on top of each other. With his distinctive sound and compelling original music, Scott is on the short list of young artists that are garnering nationwide attention.

“Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of CDs by new trumpeters. The only one I like is Christian’s. He’s the new voice in jazz trumpet. He doesn’t sound like any other young trumpet player.” – Chris Botti

Each month, the Dakota hosts a complimentary show as a special benefit for Northwest Airlines Gold and Platinum Elite World Perks Members. Just call Kristen at 612-332-JAZZ to reserve your spot for these musical flights piloted by some of the leading names in jazz and blues.