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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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Bethany Larson & the Bee’s Knees

Raised in Austin Minnesota, Bethany grew up a preacher’s daughter with three older brothers. She began singing with the church choir at the age of five and picked up guitar at fifteen. Moving on to college, Bethany maintained a love for music while studying classical voice. She began performing at more traditional venues in 2006 such as The Acadia Café. Since then she has moved up the scale, most notably…

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Bettye LaVette

See Jon Bream’s Star Tribune review of Bettye’s opening night! With Maurice Jacox opening! “With each of her albums improving on the last, Thankful ‘n’ Thoughtful continues the upward curve. It is, possibly, the best set of songs she’s ever recorded.” -BBC Music “Every time I see Bettye LaVette perform at the Dakota Jazz Club I have to search for new superlatives.” Read the rest of Jon Bream’s Star Tribune…

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Beverly McClellan

Beverly McClellan, a soulful singer with honest lyrics and a raw sound who is wonderfully eclectic, has been entertaining the nation for years. It all started for Bev back in Kingsport, TN when, at the age of four, Bev started playing the piano and knew she just had to do more. Even though she loves and looks up to her mother and Dolly Parton as musical idols, her major non-musical…

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Led by trombonist/vocalist Big Sam Williams, the Funky Nation’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with jazz improvisation and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk. After playing trombone for only three years, Big Sam was picked up by New Orleans institution the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a job he took when…

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Bilal

  When Bilal sings, you can feel the soul. This talented Philadelphian is one of the brightest stars of the new generation of neo-soul. His ability to sing in a freeform style and his stunning falsetto put him head and shoulders above his peers. A classically trained vocal veteran, Bilal released his debut album, 1st Born Second, in 2001, which boasted the popular single “Soul Sista.” The follow-up, Love for Sale (2006),…

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Bill Charlap Renee Rosnes

This husband and wife team have each enjoyed successful solo careers: Bill as one of the foremost interpreters of the Great American Songbook in the country and Tony Bennett‘s Musical Director, and Renee as an inveterate modernist who has worked with Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and the SFJAZZ Collective. With Charlap’s two Grammy nominations and Rosnes’s four Juno Awards, their collective musical experience packs a mighty musical punch. But on…

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Bill Charlap Trio

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter…

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Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell is one of the true giants of the jazz world. With his unique sound and singular approach to his craft, he has nearly single-handedly established a new genre of music. He has lent that sound to a diverse array of musicians on recordings: John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Vic Chestnut and Gus Van Sant have all hired Frisell…

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Bill Payne

For the past four decades, Bill Payne has spent more time on the road, in studios, and working with rock n’ roll hall of famers than most of that rare group of musicians who can pay the bills with their talent and endurance. He’s one of rock’s most talented keyboardists, a legitimate legend among peers. A founding member of Little Feat, he’s appeared on hundreds of studio albums and toured with the…

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Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40

“Jazz-rock fusion can divide fans, cramp improv, or appeal mainly to drummers and guitarists, but this is vivid, inventive, meticulously crafted and thoroughly contemporary music for everybody.” -Guardian Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970s as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/leader whose recordings (such as Spectrum) and powerful, complex style of play exerted a strong influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion-Billy Cobham…

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