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Having originated as a jazz club, we consider it a badge of honor to host a variety of genres, from classic jazz, to hip hop/funk and acoustic African ensembles. We don’t plan on stopping, see for yourself in our Artists Archive; a running call list of those who have graced our stage.


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Janiva Magness

Following her multi award-winning songwriting debut on Alligators’ Stronger For It, now comes Magness’ eleventh recording, the new CD aptly titled ORIGINAL on Fathead Records, her own label.  A collection of twelve Blues, Americana and Soul original songs.   A record breaking eight are Co-writes for Magness, on what she feels is a collection of some of the most personal and empowering songs she has written. ORIGINAL is Janiva’s true declaration of…


Jason Marsalis Quartet

The youngest brother of the NEA Jazz Master Marsalis family, Jason has long been recognized as an in-demand drummer and record producer. Working with the Ellis Marsalis trio as well as the Marcus Roberts trio, he has fine tuned his playing in two of the most demanding settings in modern jazz. However, with the release of 2008’s Music Update, listeners are now recognizing Jason for his unique sound on the…

Jason Roberts Band

Jason Roberts Band

Born and raised in the town of South Windsor, CT. Jason Roberts began playing guitar at the age of 12, and began writing songs at the age of 15. Following completion of his degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and a brief stint in Los Angeles, CA, Jason arrived in Minneapolis in February 2010 with hopes of launching a successful music career, with the emerging Twin Cities music market…

Jaspar Lepak

Jaspar Lepak

Jaspar Lepak is a folk/country singer-songwriter whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Playful, intimate, heartfelt, and intense, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability as well as an art for storytelling, while her clear, strong voice penetrates the heart. Joined by her husband Kale Lepak on accordion and sweet tenor harmonies, this compelling nightingale’s soul stirring, acoustic-guitar-driven musings will draw your heart out onto your sleeve…

Javier Santiago Trio

Javier Santiago Trio

Yesterday’s students become tomorrow’s stars quickly these days, and this trio is on the fast track. Hear this multiple Dakota Foundation Jazz Piano Competition Winner with former high school colleagues bassist Chris Smith (taking time off from touring with Jeff “Tain” Watts) and drummer Miguel Hurtado. Javier Santiago (Minneapolis South High Class of 2007) comes by his musical bent honestly, the son of drummer Mac Santiago and grandson of Latin…


Jay Young

Jay Young is one of the Twin Cities’ elite bassists. He is a freelance performer and educator involved in a vast array of projects, working with national and international artists. Young has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center, Illusion, and Penumbra Theatres in the Metro area. Jay has also been a featured performer at the Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, Boston Symphony Hall, The Blue Note, Umbra (Italy), Espoo (Finland),…

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Jay Young and The Lyric Factory

Jay Young and the Lyric Factory features: Jay Young, bass Thom West, piano Ian Young, bass Kevin Washington, drums Ernest Bisong, violin Sarah M. Greer, vocals Judi Vinar, vocals Libby Turner-Opanga, vocals Bassist Jay Young has been widely acknowledged as a virtuosic sideman for such stars as Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Moore by Four and more, but his outings as bandleader have been less frequent if equally compelling. With McNally…


Jazz Noir

Jazz radio station Jazz88 KBEM 88.5 FM will host its original radio drama series Jazz Noir in front of a live audience from the beautiful Dakota in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, April 27.  Seatings  are at 4 p.m. for sweet and savory petite fours and 7 pm for a 3 course dinner menu.  The late performance will be broadcast live on Jazz88.5 FM. Ticket information is available at The cast for this original drama has…

Jazz Crusaders

The Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wilton Felder & Wayne Henderson

With a sound rooted in hard bop and an emphasis on R&B and soul, The Crusaders are one of the most commercially successful bands in the history of jazz. Founding members Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder hit on a brilliant idea in the mid-1960s: the blending of inventive jazz and get-down rhythm-and-blues.


JD Souther

JD Souther is one of the principal architects of the Southern California country-rock sound. He has penned hits for himself as well as The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and many others. After a twenty-five year “retirement” from music, Souther’s return has been fruitful: three records in the last five years, recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a supporting role in the ABC drama “Nashville.” Souther, born in Detroit…

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