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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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Barbara Jean Meyers

“Minnesota’s answer to Emmylou Harris.” Jon Bream, Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Whimsical Melodic Folk Inheriting a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, Barbara Jean honed an early gift for violin into sharp songwriting and skill as a multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, fiddle and viola. Calling Minnesota’s North Shore home, Barbara Jean crafted her debut record, The Great Escape, which brings together rich imagery from Lake Superior’s rugged banks, reflections…

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Barnaby Bright

Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and the brains behind Barnaby Bright, are truly the modern day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year. You can find them on streets as far away as London or Amsterdam, and as remote as St. Paris, Ohio, toting their massive haul of instruments…multiple guitars, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and keyboards. Because of the great number…

Basia

Basia

Platinum-selling vocalist Basia and her collaborator Danny White have always drawn from timeless influences: the rhythms and styles of Latin music, the sound of classic American soul and R&B, and the polish of ’50s and ’60s jazz; yet the sound is undeniably fresh. After spending most of the late 1980s and 90s high on the Adult Contemporary charts, Basia returns with her global pop sound, fusing stick-in-your-head-for-days melodies with complex…

Bela Fleck and Chick Corea

Bela Fleck and Chick Corea

As befitting jazz, where stylistic boundaries slide away in the face of creativity, an innovative but unlikely pairing of two virtuoso instrumentalists—pianist Chick Corea and banjo player Béla Fleck—was born. Fleck, a multiple Grammy award winner, and Corea, an NEA Jazz Master and likewise multiple Grammy winner, have long been admirers of each others’ music, and once the idea for a collaboration came about the synthesis between piano and banjo…

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Bella Ruse

In the last year, minimalist folk duo, Bella Ruse, fronted by singer Kay Gillette, have proven themselves to be a talented hardworking band, going on three national tours and recording three EPs. Their simple but engagingly intimate show has impressed festival and club audiences from their hometown of Minneapolis to Seattle to Hollywood, and their songs “Push On” and “Dark Horse” have received radio and podcast play worldwide. Bella Ruse…

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Ben Sidran

Although best known in some circles for writing Steve Miller’s hit song “Space Cowboy”, Ben Sidran is more widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. Twin Cities Daily Planet previews the show here A pianist, producer, singer and composer,…

Ben Utecht

Ben Utecht

With a microphone in one hand, and a Super Bowl ring on the other, Utecht is living the life he has been looking forward to since his youth. One year removed from his NFL career, he is pursuing his childhood dream: becoming a successful musician. Utecht grew up in Hastings, Minnesota in a very athletic family, and while he had a knack for sports, he also had a talent with…

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Benje Daneman Quartet

Story-telling always takes the front seat to the original music of trumpeter/composer, Benje Daneman. The quartet might ride the lines between genres,but never stray from the deep compositional concept in each song. The quartetfeatures some of the top young talent in jazz today including Chicago basedpianist Rob Clearfield and drummer Christian Euman, in addition to New York Citybassist Sam Weber. “Simple songs that open doors to complex reactions…”  – David…

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Benny Golson Quartet feat. Nnenna Freelon

“Benny Golson is the Noah Webster of jazz. His vocabulary is unsurpassed and few if any have contributed more to the lexicon.” -Kansas City Star As a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer, and especially a tenor saxophonist, Benny Golson is one of the legendary figures in jazz. As a player he has appeared in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey, in addition to…

Benny Weinbeck

Benny Weinbeck

Pianist Benny Weinbeck has performed, composed and arranged music for over 25 years in this town and many others. He has worked with some of the top musicians and producers in the music industry. His several self-produced recordings highlight his compositions as well as his piano chops. Involved in film scoring, corporate projects, and teaching at Macalester College, he has also produced 4 albums of original compositions and one of…

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