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Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band LIVE at the Dakota

Posted on February 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

YOU say “jazz?”, WE say “March 2nd & 3rd” YOU say “where?”, WE say “on our stage!” “One of the best jazz drummers in the world” (NPR) Brian Blade, is known as the drummer for many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell, and Emmylou Harris. Blade is always searching for the balance that gives a song a personal story…

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Davell Crawford Reprises Tribute to Allen Toussaint, February 16-17 at the Dakota

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

Article originally found on JazzPolice.com By Andrea Canter, Senior Editor | Featured, Twin Cities | 14 February 2016 “In New Orleans we’ve used piano as a percussive instrument, as a groove keeper, as an instrument that carries the melody…it’s important to keep that alive, to keep the grand piano on the stage.” — Davell Crawford Just a month ago, “The Prince of New Orleans,” aka pianist Davell Crawford, came to…

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MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS BRING MORE THAN MEMORIES TO THE DAKOTA

Posted on February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Twin Citians are fortunate that The Dakota Jazz Club has a history of showcasing the best that music has to offer. Not only do they feature top jazz acts, but they have also garnered a reputation for showcasing up and coming, as well as iconic artists of all music genres. Their February 5th and 6th shows scheduled for Motown’s classic superstars, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, one of just 4…

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Davell Crawford

Posted on January 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

“I don’t know that I’ve ever been brought to tears by a piano piece. Davell Crawford has changed that. … his performance of “Southern Nights/Many Rivers To Cross,” the marriage of an Allen Toussaint song to a Jimmy Cliff song, is transcendent. I cried. It felt like a gift to hear it.”- Melissa Bratcher, Popshifter.com http://popshifter.com/2013-05-23/music-review-davell-crawford-my-gift-to-you/#.dpuf The Dakota has long felt a strong connection with New Orleans, and the great…

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A note from Corky Siegel

Posted on January 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Try to imagine the iconic Ernie Watts performing with Chamber Blues. …  I did. “He’s one of the greatest living saxophonists, at the top of his game.“ – All About Jazz Magazine Ernie Watts with Chamber Blues – Sun. Jan. 10 – The Dakota in Minneapolis First show at 7pm.  Phone: 612-332-1010.  Ticket link above. Dear Cousins,  I met Ernie (Two-time Grammy Award winner, featured on over 500 recordings by…

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Sonny Knight and The Lakers Team With Former JB’S Fred Wesley and Jabo Starks to Bring Sizzling Funk to the Dakota Jazz Club

Posted on December 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

No one deserves a musical tribute more than the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. When Sonny Knight and the Lakers join forces with two of Brown’s former backers from JB’s, trombonist Fred Wesley, and drummer Jabo Starks, we will most definitely need some air freshener handy at the Dakota Jazz Club because the funk will be flowing! Both Wesley and Starks have copious amounts of contributions as players with an iconic queue…

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Jazz in August at the Dakota

Posted on August 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

We have so much jazz cooking here in August we thought we’d lay it all out for you here. Check out this list and some of the video samples to get an idea of what to expect from the wide range of musicians we are fortunate enough to have grace the Dakota stage, some for the first time. August is always a hot month and with this stellar schedule it’s…