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Recordings

Sophisticated Ladies: Piano Gems of the Past Year

Claire Ritter, Deanna Witkowski and Janice Friedman are not household names on the piano jazz circuit. But like the best ingredients, their taste and intrigue far outshines their notoriety....
Twin Cities

When Music Is the Magic

Much of the Twin Cities metro area was simply closed on Tuesday night. While it was hardly the worst snowstorm in history–not even close, by midafternoon driving was treacherous...
Festivals

Jazz Festival Survivors: We Chose Detroit

The banners draping the Carhartt Amphitheater and Hart Plaza gateways read “Choose #8221; Every Labor Day weekend for the past eight years, I have done just that. I’ve chosen...
National Scene

2016 Grammy Nominations: The Jazz Side

Although Jazz has been rarely high profile among Grammy nominations, awards or the televised awards program (save Esperanza Spalding’s surprise win as Best New Artist in 2011), there are...
Recordings

Colors of the Soul (2015): The Dean Sorenson Sextet

Long-time jazz educator, head of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota, renowned arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and more, Dean Sorenson is also an accomplished trombonist and...