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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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Taylor Robert

Minneapolis based singer-songwriter Taylor Robert began writing and performing his own original music at age 15 and soon found his true voice in soul music. His coined style, “Blue Eyed Roll n Soul”, is reminiscent of the old school soul of the ’60s and ’70s; this new school groove stays true to Taylor’s roots, while adapting to the vibe of today’s acoustic pop music. Taylor is confidently making strides to…


Terence Blanchard

Real artists are originals who have a calling. The majority of people in the music world are often mere marketing confections or showcase acts, but not real artists. Acts can have hits, but usually their time in the spotlight is short lived. Real artists have a vision and follow it for the long term, creatively expressing themselves in abundance. Witness Terence Blanchard who early on made a name for himself…


Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

For more than 2 decades Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien, an 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience Band, Simien has become one of the most respected and internationally recognized touring and recording artists in roots music today. He has performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 40 countries, and…


Terrence Hughes

Terrence Hughes (born 1955), a native of Los Angeles, relocated to the Twin Cities in 1982 and soon started studying with Brazilian-born pianist Manfredo Fest (1936–1999). Hughes had previously performed with various jazz and rock groups in St. Louis, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. During a jazz class in Monterey in 1977, Hughes met renowned bassist Ray Drummond. “Ray really had a lot to do with setting my musical compass…

Terry Hughes

Terry Hughes

For the past two decades, Terrence Hughes has been a staple of the Twin Cities jazz and world music scenes, lending his expert piano chops and good energy to various projects, most notably his own solo work and the Brazilian music ensemble The Mandala Trio, which performed its sweet bossa nova on area stages for much of the ‘90s. Now the ever-curious Hughes is exploring his various musical alter-egos yet…


Tex Pistols

The Tex Pistols Band couldn’t be much further from Texas, and nobody in the band is from Texas, but that doesn’t stop these four Minneapolis vets of stage and studio (Michael Johnson, Mary Jane Alm, Daisy Dillman) from producing some seriously kick butt music. The sound is classic yet new all at once. Shades of Neil Young & John Hiatt, Steve Earle & Steve Winwood, throw in some Eagles and…


The Astronauts of Rhythm and Sound

Features memebers of the Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls, Real-Phonic Radio Hour, Curtiss A’s band, Certain General and more. Plus Ray Bernard on vocals!! Sounds like a good time!

The Automatic Message, Instinct Gallery

Exhibition Run: September 20 – November 1 , 2014 Featuring the artwork of David Aschenbrener, George Farrah, Catherine L. Johnson, Daniel Kaniess, Stefanie Motta, Larry Roberts, Welsa Stone, and Jim Williams.  “There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing.”  -Gottlieb and Rothko, 1943 Abstraction is a territory heavily explored, but as an expression of individual psyches, the territory is never-ending. The unrelenting appeal of abstraction is also due…

The Cookers

The Cookers

Jazz Supergroup Heats up the Dakota, Britt Robson, Star Tribune 9/22/14 In an interview, drum great Billy Hart summed up his attitude toward The Cookers succinctly but emphatically: “Believe in us,” he insisted. Over the course of two albums, The Cookers have given jazz audiences plenty of reason to believe, and their Motéma Music debut, bearing the simple but eloquent title Believe, finds the all-star septet continuing to keep the…

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