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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.



Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem


BOZO allegro


Eva Cassidy

Eclectic artist performing folk, blues, gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop/rock.

Laura Caviani

Critically-acclaimed jazz pianist.

Jay Epstein

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.

Gordon Johnson

Jazz bassist.

Prudence Johnson

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.

Tim Lake

An eclectic mix of bluegrass, jazz, and blues.

Teresa Manzella

Jazz vocal improvisation.

George Maurer

Minnesota's premiere jazz pianist.

Jim Miller

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.

Michael Monroe

Powerful style of acoustic folk, reggae and jazz.

Peter Ostroushko

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).

Claudia Schmidt

Classic jazz vocals and folk.

Mark Yannie

Minnesota Christian Jazz.

Laurie Z

Jazz/New Age pianist.

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 improvisation.

Independent Music From Independent Bands and Musicians

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