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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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René Marie

René Marie

One of the most electrifying vocalists to hit the national scene in recent years, Marie has established herself as a fearless performer with astonishing vocal and emotional range. Fifteen years into an already stellar career, this Colorado based heroine has evolved into one of the greatest and most sensuous vocalists of our time. Marie’s original tunes put her in a class by herself, and her unique rearrangements of other songs…

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Reno Roberts

Reno Roberts is a folk/rock guitarist and vocalist based in Alabama. Reno writes songs, and he likes to think too much about things–sometimes out loud. The rest is complicated, and very silly.

Rhonda Laurie

Rhonda Laurie

Rhonda Laurie, vocals Gary Schulte, violin Reynold Philipsek, guitar Jeff Brueske, bass Vocalist Rhonda Laurie grew up in New York City, surrounded by the sounds of jazz and her several musical relatives. She is currently a very busy vocalist in the Metro area, and her voice is perfectly suited to the hot club style.  

Richie Cole

Richie Cole

Richie Cole, alto sax FIVE BY DESIGN Lorie Carpenter-Niska, vocals Sheridan Zuther, vocals Kurt Niska, vocals Michael Swedberg, vocals Terrence Niska, vocals Tanner Taylor, piano Matt Edlund, drums Graydon Peterson, bass A JAZZ LEGEND RETURNS TO THE DAKOTA! Alto sax jazz icon Richie Cole and the Twin Cities vocal quintet Five By Design headline the Dakota Jazz Club to launch their 2010-2011 tour of Richie’s House of Jazz. The collaboration…

Richie Havens

Richie Havens

Richie Havens is one of the iconic figures of folk music. He was already a household name in folk music circles when he was asked to open the Woodstock festival in 1969. His 3+ hour set made him a legend, and his song “Freedom” (an improvisation on the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”) was heard around the world on the documentary movie from the festival. His evocative…

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Rickie Lee Jones

Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona.  A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance.  Chuck E. Cheese is named for her hit song; Chicky Baby from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is modeled after…

Ricky Lee Jones

Ricky Lee Jones

One of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of her generation in a rare intimate setting! Her brand of pop music, informed by the improvisatory nature of jazz and the sheer emotional impact of soul, have garnered her two Grammy awards and accolades from all corners of the art and music world. Now in her 30th year in music, this “Duchess of Coolsville” is proving to be at the height of her…

Ricky Peterson

Ricky Peterson

A life long Minnesotan whose sound has always focused on a characteristically “Minneapolis” sound, Ricky Peterson is best known for his now 20 year association with saxophone legend David Sanborn and for having, produced, written and played keyboards for Prince on and off since his early days on the Twin Cities scene (perhaps most notably producing and arranging the song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”). This is just…

The Rippingtons

The Rippingtons

Over 25 years and 18 studio albums, The Rippingtons have become one of the most successful ensembles in contemporary jazz. Led by guitarist Russ Freeman, the band is back and better than ever with their new record, Cote D’Azur.

RJ and the Soul

RJ and the Soul

RJ & The Soul (formerly MPLS South) is the phenomenal five-some of the Midwest that’s been turning audiences on to their “21st century juke joint” style and high energy ‘get up to get down’ sound. Raised on the same jazz, blues, funk and r&b records that provided the soundtrack to the last six decades, RJ & The Soul earned their stripes the old fashioned way- playing anywhere and everywhere people…

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