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Maud Hixson

Hailed as “gently virtuosic” (All About Jazz), singer Maud Hixson is a devoted exponent of great songs, ranging from the classic Great American Songbook to the often unsung or forgotten compositions awaiting rediscovery. Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Maud is the co-founder of the continental jazz sextet French 75 with clarinetist Tony Balluff. She made her Guthrie Theater debut in the Noel Coward revue Coward’s Women, and has also appeared in Park Square Theater’s The Soul of Gershwin. She teamed with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in 2012 for the long- running Midtown at Midday concert series at Saint Peter’s in Manhattan and debuted her show Skyscraper Wits in London and New York in 2015. Maud is the recipient of four Artist Initiative grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, one of which supported the research for her album “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away”, comprised of compositions by Broadway composer Michael (Mickey) Leonard


Daniel Volovets

Daniel Volovets, 17, has been studying classical, Brazilian, and flamenco guitar for almost 10 years. His love affair with music began at the age of 7, when he began studying with classical guitarist Anatoly Shapiro. He has also studied with Tony Hauser, concentrating heavily on Brazilian and flamenco music, and with James Flegel at the University of Minnesota. Daniel has performed extensively throughout the Twin Cities and has recorded three albums: Melodias Brasileiras, Watercolors of the World, and Silhouette.

Lee Engele

Lee has been gaining more and more acclaim as a talented and hard-working vocalist in the region. Her recent gigs have included The Dakota, The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and Hopkins Center for the Arts, as well as many of the local jazz venues. Lee was a participant in the 2008 edition of the prestigious Yale Cabaret Conference, and appeared at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in December 2009 with Debbie Duncan and Bruce Henry in a salute to the 60th anniversary of Birdland. Lee also has worked as Disc Jockey for the past 25 years, and has performed in radio, voice-overs, theater, and with a number of local Big Bands


Broken Shadows at Icehouse

Read "Broken Shadows at Icehouse" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Broken Shadows Icehouse JT's Jazz Implosion at Icehouse: Broken Shadows Minneapolis, MN June 18, 2018 Supergroup Broken Shadows hit Icehouse in Minneapolis Monday, June 18, 2018, paying dues and offering interpretations of music by their heroes and mentors. The NY-based band consists of Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Chris Speed ...


PHO: Two

Read "Two" reviewed by Joe Gatto

PHO, the Minneapolis funk band, is one of the hottest rising stars on the modern funk music scene. Even Prince thought so. The Purple One got hip to PHO, and then invited the group to open for Larry Graham at Paisley Park. Since then, PHO has played with The Motet, Dopapod, Dam-Funk, Dumpstaphunk and ...


The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 28-May 4

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 28-May 4

There's always talk of the sorry state of jazz, but in this state, that stands in sharp contrast to the number of gigs, the number of visiting artists coming our way. As an audience, we may be spoiled in the Twin Cities, as few other areas in the country can boast of so many options. Some ...


The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 21-27

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 21-27

This changing weather is sure keeping us on our toes. At least the opportunities to hear great jazz are constants, and the coming week offers a lot of ear-smacking options from local talents and former residents to international stars and a living legend. And the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival adds even more jazz to the ...


The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 14-20

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 14-20

Snow, sunshine, wind, rain...Welcome to Minnesota Spring, version 3.0. We have a holiday weekend as well as festive music throughout the week, including a CD release from Red Planet with Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room, a “monsterful" evening at the Black Dog, two dazzling, internationally acclaimed performers at the Dakota, seriously improvising ensembles on the ...


The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 7-13

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 7-13

As the weather turns very spring-like, it seems we are also adding steam to our sound waves. Maria Schneider returns to conduct the JazzMN Orchestra; pianist Larry Fuller makes his debut in a leading role with his trio in the Dunsmore Room; there's a new installment of the Reich Fest at the Icehouse; and Davu Seru, ...


The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, March 31-April 6

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, March 31-April 6

Finally it seems we're into spring mode, just in time for April and some outstanding options in jazz for the coming week, from local stars the Atlantis Quartet to visiting upstart Greg Ward to such seasoned internationally renowned performers as Freddy Cole and Stacy Kent. Add in a three-show debut of Arne Fogel's revue of the ...


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