Harmonica whiz Harold Tremblay started playing harmonica in high school. Upon moving to Minnesota, he hooked up with the great Twin Cities blues player Curtis Blake (Sonny Rodgers Harp player on his Handy Award winning “Big Leg Woman”) to hone his harp chops.
Harold founded Cool Disposition with players who have backed up the best- Mojo Buford, Baby Doo Caston, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Rodgers and many of the touring greats. Cool Disposition competed at the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Harold returned to the IBC in 2011 in the Solo Duo category with Jeff Ray.
Tremblay always has several projects going on. This All-Star revue will feature some of the best blues players in the Twin Cities.
Harold hosts a blues/roots radio show at KFAI Radio. “Harold’s House Party” airs Wednesdays from 4-6pm.Find out more »
Earthy, emotive soul music from a stunning new talent. Accompanying herself on guitar and piano, Mayyadda performs original songs alongside others she loves, creating an arresting, heartfelt effect. Get drawn into Mayyadda’s musical world, and hear the future of contemporary R&B.Find out more »
Dahlia is an up and coming actress and R&B/gospel artist who was born and raised in Minneapolis. What you will discover from Dahlia’s music is that although she sings about things happening around her, she takes her music and sings her songs through a biblical world view. She has backgrounds in many artistic outlets like Classical choir music, and is a very seasoned musical theater actress. Dahlia was also featured on AMERICAN IDOL’s final season.Find out more »
Fuzzy Math is a new Twin Cities-based band featuring original eclectic jazz & creative covers. They were named to Best of MN list in 2012 (“best jazz act for people bored with jazz”).
Larry Englund of KFAI writes: “Pianist/composer Mark Vandermyde has created a great little CD entitled Fuzzy Math, featuring original, contemporary material that swings quite nicely, with traces of Latin and world music. He’ll be accompanied by Andrew Schwandt, sax; Matt Peterson, bass; and Haralds Bondaris, drums. If you’re up for a late night show, this will be the place to be.”Find out more »
Waltzing On Waves is the solo act of Minneapolis performing & recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, award-nominated film composer, Neurodiversity & Mental Health advocate, Jen Bluhm. Generous, bittersweet, sultry, funny, and poignant, Waltzing On Waves cuts straight to the heart and dances you through depths and heights with her dynamic genre-bending iridescent vocals, heartfelt intelligent lyrics, & rich haunting melodies.Find out more »
Bonnie Raitt meets Alabama Shakes. Original, visceral rock n roll pays respects to its blues, soul, jazz, Gospel and folk roots.
Minneapolis-Native Hannah von der Hoff is nearing completion of her debut full-length album under new moniker ‘Holy Hannah!’
Record Release Late Spring/Early Summer 2019
GoFundMe at www.gofundme.com/
Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Hannah von der Hoff just may have stepped out of a classic Film Noir to haunt your dreams. With a dramatic stage presence, gritty, intoxicating guitar that drips with luscious chords, and sensual, visceral vocal delivery, she is a striking femme fatale whose music is every bit as dangerous as it is exciting. In addition to her stirring solo shows, Hannah has performed and toured as a backup singer with Caroline Smith, and led an electro-pop group SEXCAT.Find out more »
Julian Manzara is a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from Minneapolis. His solo performances feature singing, strumming, and soloing, as well as chord-melody arrangements. Julian performs original songs as well as those associated with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, while looping technology allows for a full, textured sound. Julian has been featured twice in the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and twice in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.Find out more »
Chris Cunningham, guitar
Tarek Abdelkader, drums
Katz will bring his organic mix of jive, jazz and soul with compositions ranging from 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.Find out more »
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 »
Pianist, Singer/Songwriter Scottie Miller has been inducted into The MN Blues Hall of Fame, (for contributions to blues music and heritage with his instructional book/CD “Rock Keyboards” published by The Hal Leonard Corporation.) He was recently a semi-finalist in The International Songwriting Competition (Americana genre). He has won the award for “Best Self-Produced CD” (MN Blues Society/International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN.)
He is also the touring keyboardist for three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster, and appears on her Blues Music Award winning DVD/CD “Live At Antone’s”.
Scottie performed at Vieux Carré a few times when we first opened, and we’re excited to bring him back. Scottie will be here with his full band which features Mark O’Day on drums, Dik Shopteau (Tex Pistols) bass guitar and Patrick Allen on guitar. They are currently promoting their ninth independent CD release “Reciprocation.”Find out more »
The Phil Aaron Trio has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities jazz scene for over twenty years. Phil has recorded five CD’s and has shared the stage with many national and international musicians, including Lee Konitz, Eric Alexander, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jim Rotondi, Jim Snidero, Byron Stripling, Muddy Waters, Kendra Shank, Delfeayo Marsalis, Evan Christopher, John Patitucci, Bob Sheppard, Jackie Allen and Barbara Morrison. He’s an accompanist to many Twin Cities singers and a sideman in a number of groups.
Phil has received local and international recognition as a composer for film and TV, including numerous Tellys, International Film Festival awards, an International Monitor award, and two Midwest Regional Emmys.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 »