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Interviews, performances, and special programming from Jazz88. Hear us live at 88.5 FM in the Twin Cities!

Interviews, performances, and special programming from Jazz88. Hear us live at 88.5 FM in the Twin Cities!


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Interviews, performances, and special programming from Jazz88. Hear us live at 88.5 FM in the Twin Cities!






Tearra Oso Mines Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba to Create New Heritage Music with Healing Messages

Tearra Oso Adapts Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba to modern situations, and to cultural and personal healing. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Tearra talked about how she came to Bomba tradition.


Diane Jarvi Turns Towards Americana on Her Recent CD

Diane Jarvi’s New CD, This Ordinary Day was done at her home during an early stage of the Covid pandemic. Spending a lot of time alone caused Diane to reflect on things, and it shows on the CD and what she says about it. She spoke with Phil Nusbaum about it.


Levi Schwartzberg Makes Waves with His Vibes

Vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg is a mover among the young Jazz players in Minneapolis. He composes and performs in many settings, but is most at home in a free bop setting. Funny thing, though, he came to the vibes almost by accident, as he explained to Phil Nusbaum.


Joyann Parker Presents the Song Artistry of Patsy Cline this Thursday at Crooner’s in Minneapolis

Joy Ann Parker’s tribute show for Patsy Cline is a long term success. The show replays iconic country songs of the 50s and 60s but with Joyann’s special interpretive abilities. And she does it at Crooners, Thursday January 13 at 6:30. Joyann talked with Phil Nusbaum about both Patsy and singing Patsy’s songs.


The Noah Strom Trio Presents Jazz That Takes You Back Friday and Saturday Night at Umbra in Minneapolis

Noah Strom plays keyboards and Sam Ryan plays the guitar. They form the core of the Noah Strom Trio, performing at Umbra in Minneapolis, 7 till 10 PM this Friday and Saturday night. The group plays old jazz plus some new compositions that sound old. When the two got together with Phil Nusbaum, Noah explained how the group works.


The Importance of Covid Testing as students return to school

Manny Hill talks with Mageen Caines of the Minneapolis Health Department about the importance of students and their families being tested for Covid-19 with the emergence of the Omicron variant as the students return to school following the winter break.


The New Charmin and Shapira All-Stars Start the New Year at the Dakota on January 5

Vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira have a long standing jazz duet, with occasional forays with larger groups. The duet continues this new year, but they’re solidifying the larger group into the Charmin Shapira All Stars. The Group’s first show is Wednesday January 5 at the Dakota in Minneapolis at 7PM. We’ll hear a little of the duet, and then Charmin and Joel tell Phil Nusbaum about adding players.


Little Big Band Performs New Year's Eve Bash in Bloomoington

The Minnesota Chamber Jazz Orchestra is a scaled-back version of the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra, but with nine pieces, it still produces a big sound. The group plays the Ames Auditorium in Bloomington, 7PM on New Year’ Eve with the theme “An Evening with Ella,” and that is Fitzgerald of course. Phil Nusbaum talked to Craig Thrane and Courtney Burton of the group and first asked Craig, Why a little big band?


Hank Thunander Performs for an Early New Year’s Eve Party at the Rosetown Legion in Roseville

Hank Thunander of Saint Paul is an accordion player’s accordionist. After about 70 of playing, he knows thousands of songs and tunes and plays solo or with a group, seemingly all the time. Hank is at the center of the early New Year’s party at the Rosetown Legion in St Paul, from 11:30 AM till 4 PM on Dec 31. Hank talked to Phil Nusbaum, and Phil first asked how he constructed a playlist for a typical show.


Unlikely Pair of Singers Fronts a Big Band in a Christmas Celebration of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams

Career vocalist Mick Sterling joins former superbowl football player Ben Utecht for an evening of Christmas songs backed by a 19-piece orchestra at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. The shows are at various times Sunday December 26 through Wednesday December 31. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Ben tells how he’s always been interested in both music and athletics.


Maud Hixson Blends Old and New at Holiday Shows at Crooner’s in Fridley This Weekend

Singer Maud Hixson loves giving audiences her spins on great old Christmas songs. But she also enjoys singing songs that should be better known. When she talked with Phil Nusbaum, Maud addressed the great spirit everybody seems to share at this season.


Surprising Double Bills Every Monday Night this December at the Icehouse in Minneapolis

Guitarist Zacc Harris curates Monday nights this December at the Icehouse in Minneapolis. Doors open at 6 with music starting at 8PM. Each show is a double bill. So there will be plenty of space not only for bands Zacc plays in, but for groups with contrasting styles. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Zacc Harris talked about his curatorial style.


Ross Sutter researches and performs traditional Swedish songs and tunes. You can catch Ross with Art Bjorngjeld in a craft market setting, Saturday December 4 at 10 and 11:30 AM at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Ross tells of some of the rare songs and tunes he’s come up with.


Cornbread Harris Headlines Holiday Blues Party at the Hook and Ladder Thursday December 2

It must be the holiday season because Cornbread Harris fronts his band at a Blues Party at the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis. It’ll be next Thursday, December 2. When Phil Nusbaum visited the Twin Cities’ piano playing blues icon, Cornbread was in the mood to talk about how his songs and shows are put together.


Crooners’ Presents the Story of the Rondo Neighborhood through Song on Tuesday November 30

Rondo 56 tells how the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul was changed when Interstate 94 was built right through it. Rondo 56 includes music by a combination of T Michael Rampbo, Thomassina Petra, Charmin Michelle and Dan Chouinard. Phil Nusbaum went to a rehearsal of the group and talked to Dan and T Michael. Dan explained how interstate construction was set in motion.


Brian Laidlaw Translates French Poetry to English and Then Composes Songs

En route to a PhD in creative writing, Brian Laidlaw was struck by the work of French Canadian poet Emile Nelligan. Brian translated the work, and then composed music and recorded it on a CD called The Aster. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Brian told how the project got started.


After A Long Wait, Zeitgeist Presents The Work of Frederick Shefsky At Its Early Music Festival

It was a long wait, but Zeitgeist presents its early music festival featuring the work of Frederick Shefsky this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 at Studio Z in Saint Paul. Zeitgeist percussionist Heather Barringer spoke with Phil Nusbaum about the production, and about the composer, Frederick Shefsky.


Pavel Jany Returns to His Jazz Rock Roots and Performs Next Week

A few years ago, guitarist Pavel Jany received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to create a new CD and play some concerts. But then came the pandemic. The CD is finally here, and Pavel plays with the World Jazz Collegium sextet Thursday, November 18th, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Granada Theater in Minneapolis. Pavel told Phil Nusbaum, that because of the pandemic, the titles of some of the pieces have added meaning.


Pianist Kiefer Performs In-Studio at Jazz88

California based Kiefer joins Justus Sanchez at Jazz88 for an in-studio performance and interview. Kiefer, who gained acclaim for optimistic beat-based jazz, released his latest album "When There's Love Around" in 2021. The new album is a departure from his previous works. He has switched out the beats for a full band. He and his band we're touring this fall and after a stop at the Fine Line on October 20th, they stopped into KBEM.


New Kenne Thomas CD Recalls 1950s Chicago Saxophone Jazz

Kenne Thomas has a new CD called Yesterdays. The CD release event takes place at the Dakota in Minneapolis, Tuesday November 9 at 7PM. Kenne is a drummer. But his major reference point is the saxophone sound he heard as a kid growing up in Chicago, especially as played by Kenne’s father, James Whitehead. Kenne talked to Phil Nusbaum about the project.