For two decades, Mama Digdown’s has traveled the world spreading the gospel of New Orleans brass band music. While Mama Digdown’s nods respectively to the tradition of New Orleans jazz, the street beat they play has earned them the reputation as one of the hottest and hardest hitting brass bands. Mama Digdown’s has played hundreds of shows in their time together and is equally at home in concert halls, festivals, clubs and parades.Find out more »
As a bandleader, composer, and sideman, Chris Lomheim is an integral part of the vibrant Twin Cities jazz scene.
“…unquestionably one of the finest piano trio recordings on the jazz landscape today.” – All About Jazz review of Chris’s latest recording, Timeline
As leader of the Chris Lomheim Trio he has produced 3 CD’s: And You’ve Been Waiting? (1994) featuring all original compositions, The Bridge (2002) featuring a mix of originals and a handful of standards, and Timeline (2014) featuring all originals. Chris was nominated best pianist in the 1997 Minnesota Music Awards, and was awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board “Artist Initiative” Grant for 2014.
A singer with equal parts heart, charm and individuality, Shorai has been a mainstay on the Minneapolis jazz scene for the past 10+ years. With five self-released albums under her belt, she mixes old classics, modern revivals and her own pop gems with ease and soul. Shorai has collaborated with many of the Midwest’s finest and most celebrated musicians and has garnered international vocal recognition through commercials, television shows and films.
“Sophia has everything a singer could want: soul, versatility and comfort in a number of musical settings and styles, a marvelous set of ears, unique style, and a visceral love of music and performance. Whether she’s belting or crooning, she breaks hearts.” Adam Levy, guitarist, singer/songwriter for The Honeydogs
“There’s a charming girlish innocence and coquettish soulfulness to this young singer’s rendering of jazz standards.” Jon Bream, Star TribuneFind out more »
Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz is a singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist. Combining observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the 60′s and 70′s, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent. His new record, She Doesn’t Believe Me, will be released in October 2015.Find out more »
Katz and Dogs is an organic mix of jive, jazz and soul with compositions ranging from Katz’s off-beat originals to covers of Slim Gaillard and Oscar Brown Jr. When the vibe is right, you may even hear a spontaneous original or two inspired by Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategy Cards.
Steve Katz, bass/vocals
Peter Vircks, saxophone
Park Evans, guitar
Enhance your opera-going experience with Taste of Opera – a pre-show dinner and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera. Leave the logistics to us and enjoy an all-inclusive evening out! Join us on Thursday, May 11 as Classical Minnesota Public Radio host Alison Young takes an engaging look at La Bohème with singers Miriam Khalil (Mimì) and Adam Luther (Rodolfo). Taste of Opera packages are $90 per person and include an opera ticket (valued at $125), dinner with beverages, and gratuities. Already have…Find out more »
The Twin Cities Hot Club (TCHC) represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of gypsy jazz originally popularized by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. They recreate not only the famous la pompe that distinguishes this romantic brand of acoustic jazz but also gypsy bossa nova, musette, bolero, and swing. TCHC perform this timeless deep-rooted music that is physical, alive and speaks directly to the heart.
TCHC formed in September of 2004 and have been sharing their expressive, “hot” style with audiences ever since. The group has been featured on KBEM Jazz 88.5fm, Minnesota Public Radio, and has received rave reviews in Vintage Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, the Twin Cities Jazz Society Newsletter and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Notable performances include: author Michael Dregni’s book release Django: the Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindyfest, Minnesota Sur Seine with Dorado Schmitt, Minnesota State Fair and the Uptown Row Django Jazz Festival, to name a few.
“These guys swing hard at all times while never masking the emotional nuances and melodic tone. And it’s a treat to sit back and listen to, and watch, acoustic strings.” -Jazz PoliceFind out more »
Naomi Uyama has been steeped in classic jazz from the swing era since beginning her lindy hop career at 16 years old. After going crazy for swing dancing, winning international awards, and teaching around the world she began to focus more on the music. She started singing and studying, moving to New York City for more access to the growing traditional jazz scene there. Naomi has played some of the biggest and best lindy hop events around the world.
Jeremy Walker is a prolific composer and pianist who started playing the saxophone at age ten in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. He was the founder of the club Brilliant Corners – voted by Downbeat magazine as “One of the 100 Great Jazz Clubs Worldwide,” and co-founder of the non-profit organization Jazz is NOW!– which launched with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet and surprise guest, Itzhak Perlman.
In 2003, City Pages voted Walker “Best Local Impresario” for his “community-conscious” programming. Turning to piano and composition in 2005, Walker earned recognition including a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study grant, and collaborations with TU Dance and Zenon Dance Company. He has performed with Vincent Gardner, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Ron Miles, Matt Wilson, JT Bates, and other notable musicians. In addition to commissions, Walker has written over 70 compositions for his bands: Small City Trio, Boot Camp, BOXCAR featuring Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson and Anthony Cox, The NOWnet, and The Bootet.
In 2014, Walker released his most ambitious recording to date: 7 Psalms. The album was released in March 2014 on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon and was listed in Star Tribune as one of the 2014 albums in the Twin Cities Critics Tally with Walker listed as one of the “Jazz Heros” in Jazz Police.
In October 2014, Minnesota Orchestra named Walker Curator of the new Jazz in the Target Atrium series at Orchestra Hall bringing together national musicians with the regional Atrium Jazz Ensemble.Find out more »
Cedric Fuller, drums
Ernest Bisong, violin
Steven Hobert, piano
Tomas Simpson, guitar
Kenneth P. Garnier, bass
Drummer Cedric Fuller, a native of the Southeast, more specifically Sunbury, Georgia, is a life-long drummer. Cedric began playing drums at an early age and has continued to be connected to music and drumming for most of his life.
Raised in a Christian home with a Grandfather as his father figure who was a guitarist and singer and heavily involved in gospel music, allowed Cedric to naturally connect to gospel music as his roots. He was also grounded and rooted in R&B, soul, blues, jazz, country and later hip-hop. Cedric made a name for himself as a drummer by relying on those musical roots to develop his own style of drumming which was and still is primarily “pocket playing.” The music that he grew to love to play featured the drummer as the heartbeat and foundation of the music, and focused primarily on keeping the music sounding and feeling good. That style and focus allowed him to be offered many playing opportunities including traveling and touring with the Swanee Quintet of Augusta, GA. Many more opportunities would follow after a move to the Atlanta, GA area and its growing musical scene during the early 2000’s, where he could be seen playing alongside jazz, neo-soul, R&B, blues, and gospel artists, and was also featured on a few independent artists recording projects.
In 2015, Cedric decided to end his 10 year hiatus and return to his first love, drumming. Since his return, Cedric has performed in Orchestra Hall with violinist Ernest Bisong, performed in the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival with trumpeter and good friend Solomon Parham, as well as being the house drummer for the Solomon Sessions. After a year of drumming for others within the Twin Cities, Cedric followed a dream of his and formed his own band with respected musicians he played and connected with, forming Cedric Fuller & Global Sound.
Nikki Roux & Rich Rue are the core members of the ongoing musical group, Nikki & The RueMates. Together, they express some of America’s great musical past through voice, guitar and songwriting in their interpretation of classic female blues tunes (by artists such as Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie), 60’s-like electric guitar sounds, and lyrics that are thoughtful, dreamy, sultry and unguarded. Rich’s blistering slide guitar solos and Nikki’s melodious singing create an intimate, joyful and refreshing musical experience.Find out more »