About Charmin Michelle
“Taste and understatement. Swing and savoir-faire. Grace and grooves. Intimacy and panache. Singer Charmin Michelle delivers all of the above and more.”
This is what the Minneapolis Star/Tribune had to say about this charismatic chanteuse whose conversational style recalls Billie Holiday and other legendary ladies of jazz. And, yet, her music is free of tiresome camp and easy nostalgia. She’s a savvy songstress and, while putting her own imprint on a melody, is always respectful of those who first inhabited it.
Charmin Michelle, vocals
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Charmin moved to Minnesota while still a child and has called it home ever since. Though based in Minneapolis, she is no stranger to life on the road and began touring internationally in 1986. She has performed at jazz festivals throughout Europe with pianists Mulgrew Miller and Kirk Lightsey, and saxophonists Harry Allen and Grant Stewart, among others. The late Brother Jack McDuff, one of her biggest fans, was instrumental in launching her career abroad. He said, “She’s really different. I call her ‘Chow Mein.’ With her trio, less is more. And they’re right in the pocket.”
On her last tour to Spain, she recorded with the aforementioned Allen and Stewart, as well as saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and Barcelonan musicians Ignasi Terraza, and the Toni Sola Quartet.
Her four acclaimed CDs—Your Eyes, Destination Moon, Hot, and Pure Imagination—have received glowing reviews and are available at performances, retailers, and online at www.charmsongs.com
About Laura Caviani
Local jazz piano angel Caviani is perhaps best known for her studies of Thelonious Monk’s angular bebop piano stylings. She has also received a lot of national attention for her latest original CD, Going There. Her joyful, buoyant playing and smart, inventive horn and vocal arrangements make her one of the most original pianistic voices in town.
Featuring Lucia Newell, vocals; Pete Whitman, saxophones; Adam Rossmiller, trumpet; Tom Lewis, bass; Phil Hey, drums.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Laura’s persona and her music overlap seamlessly — simultaneously beautiful, intelligent, searching, graceful, witty, warm, and passionate.”
- Fred Sturm, Lawrence University
About Foodie Nights
Foodie Nights are floating nights for food lovers at the Dakota – check dakotacooks.com for upcoming foodie nights.
Foodie Nights feature a menu by Chef Derik Moran with sweet treats by pastry Chef Katie Elsing and no cover for music. Come to the Dakota on a Foodie Night for engaging live music, acclaimed cuisine and select $10 bottles of wine. Call 612-332-1010 for reservations and visit dakotacooks.com for more details!