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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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Lamont Cranston Band

From the rural hometown settings of Hamel, Minnesota and the riverbanks of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the blues influence surfaced as early as the mid 1960′s for what was to become “The Lamont Cranston Blues Band”. By 1969, The Lamont Cranston Blues Band was well on its way to becoming the legend that it is today. From the clubs, concert halls and festivals to the auditoriums and stadiums, the Cranstons have shared…

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Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell is one of the world’s foremost acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 85 albums over the past 45 years as a bandleader, soloist and featured accompanist. As one of the world’s acknowledged guitar masters, Coryell has played with top-ranking guitarists like B.B. King, Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, and Les Paul. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of “the guitar gods” in the late 1970s…

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Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, & Lenny White

This lineup conjures musical magic in the minds of Jazz Rock fans, and rightfully so. Larry Coryell is a true Jazz Rock pioneer and arguably inventor as well. Lenny White – the legendary drummer in Return to Forever and on the groundbreaking Miles Davis Bitches Brew recordings – is a monster often overlooked by fans in favor of flashier style drummers. Victory Bailey gained notoriety for taking over for Jaco…

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Larry Graham & Graham Central Station

Bass legend Larry Graham is one of the most accomplished and influential personalities in the R&B world. From his early days with Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station to his celebrated solo career and recent work with Prince, Graham’s iconic “Thumpin’ and Pluckin’” style has inspired countless artists. Graham’s sound is certainly one of the defining characteristics of modern R&B and soul music. Growing up in Oakland, Graham grew up in a musical…

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Larry McDonough Quartet

One of the most unique voices in the local jazz scene, Larry McDonough is an exceptional pianistic talent. His original music and odd-meter versions of jazz standards have kept him in demand since the 1970s. McDonough scaled back his performing and recording in the 90′s to raise a family and earn a law degree, and is now finding that perfect balance between work, family, and music. He has released several…

Latin Jazz All-Stars

Latin Jazz All-Stars

M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars are a phenomenal ensemble that features the current masters of Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz. Steve Turre, Ray Vega, Chembo Corniel, Yunior Terry, Benito Gonzalez and Diego Lopez take the stage as one unit to render an evening of brilliant music! The ensemble has performed to sold out crowds and packed houses all over the country. This “super band” features no leader;…

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Lau Hawaiian Collective: Sueoka-Burk Duo

Sweet, poignant, rollicking music of the islands. Named among Minnesota Public Radio’s Top 9 Minnesota Arts Stories in 2013, Minneapolis-based Lau Hawaiian Collective is a group of performing artists dedicated to the perpetuation of Hawaiian music with reverence and imagination. Their concerts and educational programs illuminate the journey of Hawaii’s musical traditions through an ever-changing global landscape. The band has been featured on The Cedar Cultural Center’s Local World Music Showcase, Ticket to…

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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;…

Lavay Smith

Lavay Smith & the Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Lavay Smith has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times.

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Lee Engele

“Lee is a wonderful vocalist who never fails to move her audiences with her passionate and sensual delivery of well thought musical arrangements. Lee always surrounds herself with the best musicians and her repertoire contains classic jazz songs as well as lesser known gems. Lee is solid and her humor and charm puts her audience at ease from the very beginning of each performance.” – Bruce Henry

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