July 04, 2015
American Music Legend
It can be argued that it is Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang...
July 05, 2015
July 06, 2015
Local Saxophone Legend
It was in 2004 that tenor saxophone legend Irv Williams first started to threaten his retirement, but that prediction was much too premature. This restless jazz musician keeps hitting the stage again and again and recording album after album. Now over ten years later, when no one would blame Williams for hanging up the sax and just taking it easy, the 95-year-young releases yet another album: Irv Williams Trio - Pinnacle. This is Williams´s twelfth album, another terrific piece of jazz music history consisting of 13 musical tracks, on which “Mr. Smooth” is joined by long-time partner Billy Peterson on bass and Steve Blons on guitar. But that’s not all. The Special Edition of Pinnacle also includes highlights of an exclusive conversation between the jazz master and late jazz broadcaster Leigh Kamman, whose career spanned over 6 decades conducting thousands of interviews with the “jazz who’s who”. This historic conversation gives us the chance to listen to some rare musical history and a few funny stories. Sadly, these intimate moments became Kamman´s last recorded interview as he left the scene in October 2014. The upcoming CD Release Party is a good opportunity to celebrate these musical treasures of the Twin Cities.
Williams started to play the violin at age six, then switched to the clarinet at age 11 to counter the effects of bronchitis,...
July 07, 2015
July 08, 2015
Texas Blues Treasure
A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She...
July 09, 2015
Vintage Soul-Infused Gospel
The Jones Family Singers, consisting in part of five sisters, two brothers and their father, have been tearing up churches and festivals alike for over two decades. But they’ve never before made a studio...
July 10, 2015
Austin Funk & Soul
It’s been quite the rollercoaster ride, but the eight members of Austin’s criticallyacclaimed soul collective Mingo Fishtrap have found their sweet spot. Now four albums deep, the eight-piece outfit...
July 10, 2015
with special guests Khem Clan and JaySoCreative
Niles is a renaissance man within the world of the arts. This will be his headlining performance as a hip-hop artist since I moved to the Twin Cities from NYC 5 years ago. He was heavy on the music scene...
July 11, 2015
July 11, 2015
Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Hannah von der Hoff just may have stepped out of a classic Film Noir to haunt your dreams. With a dramatic stage presence, gritty, intoxicating...