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RIP Mr. Smooth: Irv Williams, 1919-2019

Either “the coolest old guy or the oldest cool guy…” — Pioneer Press Like a bobo doll, saxophonist Irv Williams seemed as if he would bounce back for an...
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The 2019 JazzFest White Plains

The 2019 JazzFest White Plains took place from September 15 to 19 in White Plains, New York, a city in Westchester County located about 45 minutes north of New...
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The 27th Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival celebrated its 27th year from August 21 to 25, 2019, under the auspices of the City Parks Foundation and SummerStage. From Wednesday, August 21...
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Twin Cities Jazz Venues

[Updated November 1, 2019] I hear these questions a lot: Where does one find live jazz in the Twin Cities? And how do you learn about it? Look no...
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Who Is Dean Granros?

Dean Granros is an elusive giant of the Twin Cities improvised music scene. The name alone carries weight for younger generations of musicians and fans. His photo hangs on...
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Jazz Police Live Jazz Calendar, Fall 2019

Live jazz in the Twin Cities metro! The Jazz Police calendar is updated at least weekly. And we’re continuing “Andrea’s #8221; Lots of Holiday and Solstice celebrating as we...
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New Season, New Directions for JazzMN

  “I just feel like there’s something really special about big bands. There’s something unique, and even for people who are not jazz aficionados or don’t even like jazz,...
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Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings

Just after his only recording for Blue Note, and before moving to Atlantic to make his Giant Steps, John Coltrane had a very productive 1958 recording as a leader...
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Larry Englund: Farewell to Our Jazz Hero

[Note: Portions of this article are drawn from Janis Ewart’s nomination letter for Larry’s designation as Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, and from Larry’s own self-penned obit,...
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