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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.



Jack Klatt

Guitarist/Singer Jack Klatt is a vital member of the Minneapolis roots and traditional music scene.  Patty (of The Buttons) also shares instrumental abilities with him regularly as a sideman on washboard and accordion.  Both will come together to present an exciting evening of music at the Dakota on April 3rd, 2014. Many of Jack’s original songs draw from the same pool of pre-war influences that Patty and The Buttons do.…


Jacqui Naylor

The San Francisco-based singer burns through the blues and and sits back on soulful standards. “Jacqui’s ‘acoustic smashing’ of the great American songbook with the classic rock and roll songbook brings both forms to life in a way never heard before …There is true genius at work here.” (Q104 Radio). “In the never-ending ‘next big thing’ sweepstakes, bet on Jacqui Naylor to be a frontrunner.”

Jaedyn James

Jaedyn James

Jaedyn James- Lead Vocals Jason Oliver Olson- Bass Guitar Nathan Dean- Drums Jamie LeBlanc- Trumpet Zane Parker- Alto Saxophone Kalen Rainbow- Baritone Saxophone Ben Roberts- Keys Savannah Bellow- Back Up Vocals Lily Campbell- Tambourine/ Back Up Vocals

Jake Armerding

Jake Armerding

The Boston Globe calls singer-violinist Jake Armerding “the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years.” “This is organic music,” the Boston singer-songwriter-violinist offers about his fifth album of originals, Her. “It’s a bunch of us playing our instruments and singing, and getting taped while we’re doing it. There’s no pitch correction, no chemicals, no nothing.” Armerding, along with some of the best players…


Jake Baldwin

Jake Baldwin is a Minneapolis based trumpeter and composer specializing in all styles of improvised music.  He attended the new England Conservatory of Music in Boston and studied under the likes of John McNeil, Laurie Frink, Fred Hirsch, Joe Morris and many others.  In 2010, Jake took third prize in the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Solo competition and in 2013, he placed second in the National Trumpet Competion’s jazz division.…


Jake Baldwin Quintet

Trumpeter Jake Baldwin is one of the brightest talents of the new generation of jazz artists, dedicated to creating improvised music for the 21st Century. After two years of playing trumpet in The Dakota Combo, Baldwin recently finished studies at the New England Conservatory. In May 2011, Baldwin was a finalist in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Solo competition. He will be joined by former classmates of his, including 2008…


JaLaLa: Janis Siegel, Laurel Massé & Lauren Kinhan

Johnny Mercer was more than just a lyricist of popular song; he was a true American poet, and That Old Mercer Magic! is an amazing new project from three equally amazing ladies called JaLaLa; Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer, Laurel Massé (an original founding and former member of The Manhattan Transfer) and Lauren Kinhan of New York Voices fame. Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner, seventeen-time Grammy nominee and one…

Jamecia Bennett

Jamecia Bennett

Jamecia is a manager, singer, songwriter and producer who has sung background for superstars like Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, Patti Labelle, and Lionel Richie. She is an original member of the Grammy award-winning group Sounds of Blackness, and is a featured soloist on the hit by James Grier & Co, “Don’t Give Up.” Jamecia has also performed in several Tyler Perry shows including, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” “I Can…

James Blood Ulmer

James Blood Ulmer

Even in an art form that requires all of its practitioners to attain an individual voice, guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer stands out as a revolutionary figure. He possesses a gutsy, soulful, and ferociously gritty sound redolent of the pungent red clay of his childhood in South Carolina. Like many other guitarists, the 70-year-old Ulmer got his start in organ combos, recording his first sessions with Hank Marr and Big John…


James Buckley Trio

In this vibrant local jazz community, there are a lot of bands who are focusing on pushing the boundaries of the genre, presenting exclusively original music and incorporating electronic elements into the jazz vernacular. One could probably say bassist James Buckley has played in about half of these groups at one point or another, and the same could be said of other trio members Bryan Nichols (keyboards) and Chris Hepola…

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