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Feb 10th

INTERVIEW: Karrin Allyson chats about her latest jazz album

INTERVIEW: Karrin Allyson chats about her latest jazz albumBorn in the Midwest, four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson has always been on the move.

School in the Bay Area and a degree in classical piano and performance led to Minneapolis and on to Kansas City, where she signed her first contract with Concord Jazz. Thirteen albums followed, with performances at clubs, concert venues, and major jazz festivals in the U.S., Brazil, Australia, Japan and many major cities in Europe. In 2014, Allyson traveled to 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada as a solo vocalist with the Newport – Now 60 Tour, which concluded at the Newport Jazz Festival. Her independently-produced holiday album, "Yuletide Hideaway," followed just in time for the holidays, and won four stars from Downbeat.
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WALKER ART CENTER'S EXHIBITION: "Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting"

WALKER ART CENTER'S EXHIBITION: Jack Whitten's abstract paintings are mesmerizing.

Adding everyday objects to the metaphorical strokes of his paint brush, he is able to create thought provoking pieces that connect the art work to the inspiration. Born in a segregated south and active in the Civil Rights Movement of NYC during the turbulent 1960s, Whitten exemplifies the resilience of the artistic spirit and its connection to the soul.
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Sanaa Lathan: "The Perfect Guy" interview

Sanaa Lathan: Tony-Award nominee Sanaa Lathan delivers a striking presence and undeniable energy to each project she takes on and continues to build on an already impressive career. She recently completed production on two films.
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The Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra is coming to the Dakota Jazz Club, Wednesday, Sept. 16 for two shows

The Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra is coming to the Dakota Jazz Club, Wednesday, Sept. 16 for two showsHeritage Blues Orchestra is billed as the grit of low-down country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans with the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated with fiery postmodern, jazz-infused horn arrangements. A Heritage concert takes the audience on a journey across the Middle Passage, on a drive down Highway 49 from Clarksdale, La. to New Orleans, from chain gangs and juke joints to orchestra pits, church pews and even back porches. Heritage Blues Orchestra's music is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of African-American music.
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Walker Art Center to survey the full career of American painter Jack Whitten

Walker Art Center to survey the full career of American painter Jack WhittenThe Walker Art Center will present "Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting," the largest full-career retrospective of the American painter Jack Whitten at the Walker from September 13, 2015 through January 24, 2016 in the Target and Friedman Galleries.
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Nothando Zulu & the Griot Festival Rock

Nothando Zulu & the Griot Festival RockThe Griot Invasion of north Minneapolis at Bethune Park was successful through the tireless work of master storyteller, Nothando Zulu.

This actress, comedian and storyteller used stories to teach students about James Weldon Johnson's, "Creation," their African origins, lessons on the Middle Passage, African-American emancipation and the Civil Rights and the Black Lives Matter Movements.
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Teen recording artist Dy'jah releases first single

Teen recording artist Dy'jah releases first single'Hey Friend' tells a story behind the lyrics

Singer-songwriter Dy'Jah pays tribute to her dearly departed friend and mentor in her first single, ""Hey Friend."
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