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CELEBRATE OUR FATHERS

Let’s face it, if it weren’t for fathers, most of us wouldn’t be around. We’ve all had them, some of us are them, and some of us fathers have been called a “Mother.” Having said all that, the sign of…

JAZZ MOTHERS!!

Yes, jazz is a male-dominated art. But, in honoring “producers” this month, how can one ignore the most important producers of our planet, mothers? In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve listed some famous “Jazz Mothers.” Women in the jazz scene…

ALTO MADNESS!

Sure, you’ve all heard of the big names like Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, Phil Woods, Jackie McLean and Lee Konitz. Maybe you try to impress people people by saying you’re “into” Eric Dolphy, or maybe you’re brand new to jazz…

PRESIDENTS OF JAZZ!

Yes, this is the month that we celebrate President’s Day! Whoo Hoo! It used to be the month that we had holidays for our two most important presidents, George Washington (Feb 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12) but a trade…

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

One of the underrated joys of jazz is listening to artists or bands that have a regional sound. If you’re lucky, you live in a town or city that has its own distinct vibe, and it should be reflected in…

SUMMERTIME!

So, here we are in the midst of summer. There are NO holidays to celebrate in August, and the only time to do any physical activity out doors is before 10 o’clock or after 7, when the sun is thinking…

SWINGIN’ MINNESOTA

What first comes to your mind when you think of Minnesota? You betcha! Lots of Scandinavians, jello salads (ugh), blonds (ok), the Vikings (hmm) and lutefisk (OOH BOY!). But this state which houses the Twin Cities of St. Paul and…

JAZZ FOR JAZZ HATERS

One of the rules of life that I live by is that “It’s not so much ‘I know what I like’ as ‘I like what I know.’” Most people don’t appreciate jazz because they have no frame of reference. Back…