The charismatic chanteuse, Michelle, whose conversational style recalls Billie Holiday and other legendary ladies of jazz, while putting her own imprint on jazz standards, will perform as patrons get to sample various dining and bar creations of the chefs and bartenders of the Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
Born in Birmingham, Michelle moved to Minnesota as a child and has called it home ever since. Though based in Minneapolis, Michelle is no stranger to life on the road and began touring internationally in 1986. The singer has performed at jazz festivals throughout Europe with pianists Mulgrew Miller and Kirk Lightsey, and saxophonists Harry Allen and Grant Stewart, among others. On her most recent tour to Spain, Michelle recorded with the aforementioned Allen and Stewart, as well as saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and Barcelonan musicians Ignasi Terraza and the Toni Sola Quartet. Her four acclaimed CDs "Your Eyes," "Destination Moon," "Hot" and "Pure Imagination" have received glowing reviews and are available at performances, retailers, and online.
Foodie Nights are floating calendar dates at the Dakota made for food and music lovers. With special features by Chef Derik Moran, sweet treats by pastry Chef Katie Elsing and select $10 bottles of wine, Dakota Foodie Nights showcase talented local artists with no cover charge. The Jan. 22 Foodie Night will feature whiskey samplings from the Jack Daniel's family brand, including Jack Daniel's Honey, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel and Gentleman Jack. For reservations, call 612-332-1010 or visit www.dakotacooks.com for more details.