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REVIEW: Stanley Clarke’s Band of Virtuosos (Dakota Jazz Club)

A promotional photo of master musician Stanley Clarke. Photo by Raj Naik. Stanley Clarke gave a masterful and energetic performance at The Dakota Jazz Club last night. Clarke, who returns to the downtown Minneapolis location tonight for two additional performance, has been an important figure in contemporary music for 45 years.

REVIEW: Trumpeter and Poet: Avishai Cohen at Vieux Carré

Avishai Cohen in concert. Photo by Brian Bix. The Chicago Reader describes Avishai Cohen as “arguably the most exciting Israeli jazz musician in the world.” This might initially sound like praise so faint that it risks turning into criticism – like a building being described as “the tallest one in Cokato,

REVIEW: Spyro Gyra’s 40 Years of Music from the Heart (Dakota Jazz Club)

Spyro Gyra performing in Huntington, NY. Photo by Brian Friedman/B-Freed Photography. The band Spyro Gyra has been around for over 40 years and has performed over 5,000 shows.  They have recorded over 30 albums, including two gold albums and one platinum, racked up 13 Grammy nominations, and sold 10 million albums.  While