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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.


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),…

Jay Young Web

Jay Young and The Lyric Factory

Jay Young: Piccolo Bass Ian Young: Bass Kevin Washington: Drums Thom West: Keys Ernest Bisong: Violin Yolande Bruce: Vocals Heather McElrath: Vocals Linda Sloan: 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 Smith colleague, iron-fisted drummed Kevin Washington, as…


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…


Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels is probably best known to American audiences as a film, television and stage actor, from his slapstick escapades with Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber, to his critically acclaimed and award-winning portrayal of news anchor Will McAvoy on the hit HBO series The Newsroom. Most don’t realize that besides his acting career Daniels is also a playwright and director who founded the Purple Rose Theatre Company in his…


Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Shaun LaBelle, Stokley Williams

A special show featuring four of the biggest names in contemporary jazz and R&B! Keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber is one of the primary architects of the style known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber is well known to national and international audiences through a relentless touring schedule, with music featuring his now signature complex harmonies, unconventional time…

Jeff Lorber

Jeff Lorber Fusion feat. Jimmy Haslip, Randy Brecker

Trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber revisits a sound he helped pioneer on his latest recording, Galaxy, set for release in January 2012. “…this is a dandy walk through the fusion garden with some of it’s finest practitioners showing the way. Totally solid contemporary jazz listening date that you really don’t have to be sitting down to enjoy.” -Midwest Record Yellowjackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip joins him in this 21st century version of…


Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry’s music incorporates elements of jazz, blues, bossa nova, and soul. Most importantly, he incorporates the often overlooked element of fun in his music.

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