Independent Jazz Music
Jazz has been called America's classical music,
with good reason. Along with the blues, it's one of the first truly indigenous
musics to develop in America, yet its unpredictable, risky ventures into improvisation
gave it critical cache with scholars that the blues lacked.
Jazz is a musical form that grew out of a cross-fertilization
of folk blues, ragtime, and European music, particularly band music. In the
beginning, jazz was dance music performed by swinging big bands. But as time
went on the dance elements faded into the background and improvisation became
the key element of the music. Most expert's agree that it is impossible to
define exactly what jazz is, but nearly everyone would agree that a key element
of jazz is improvisation.
As the genre evolved, the music split into a number of different
styles, from the speedy, hard-hitting rhythms of be-bop (Charlie Parker, Bud
Powell, Thelonious Monk) to the jittery, atonal forays of free jazz and the
earthy grooves of soul jazz (Herbie Hancock, Grant Green and Sonny Clark,
Richard "Groove" Holmes). What ties all these genres together is
a foundation in the blues, a reliance on group interplay and unpredictable
|Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
||Eclectic artist performing folk, blues, gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop/rock.
||Critically-acclaimed jazz pianist.
||Jazz drummer who has performed with Claudio Roditi, Gary Foster, Kim Richmond, Vinny Golia, Toots Thielmans, Sarah Vaughan and other jazz greats.
|Doug Haining and the Twin Cities Seven
||Classic swing jazz at it's best.
||American jazz and folk vocalist and a regular guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
|Mary Louise Knutson
||Award winning Minnesota Jazz pianist and composer.
||An eclectic mix of bluegrass, jazz, and blues.
||Jazz vocal improvisation.
||Minnesota's premiere jazz pianist.
||Singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, harmonicist, interpreter of traditional Jazz, bluegrass, folk, country and other ethnic flavored genres.
|David Mitchell Group
||Latin, contemporary, and be-bop jazz played with fire and grace.
|| Powerful style of acoustic folk, reggae and
||Award-winning fiddle and mandolin player playing folk, roots, celtic, jazz, new age, and classical music.
|Pilhofer Jazz Quartet
||Herb Pilhofer (piano); Steve Yeager (vibraphone); Gordy Johnson (bass); Michael Pilhofer (drums).
||Classic jazz vocals and folk.
||Minnesota Christian Jazz.
||Jazz/New Age pianist.
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