The Minnesota History Center offers special lectures and performances throughout the year that are not part of our regular series.
A Weaving of Traditions: Native Roots of Jazz
Sun., Apr 9, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$20 adults, $10 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members
A commonly held belief is that jazz developed out of a synthesis of European and African music. However, few people are aware that jazz was also influenced by Native American music. Bringing these styles together, Jazz88 FM presents an afternoon concert featuring the music of jazz legends with Native roots, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.
Bobb Fantauzzo, who plays jazz on an American Indian flute, arranged the compositions for the concert and will be joined on stage by pianist Javi Santiago, drummer/percussionist Mac Santiago, bass player Jeff Bailey and Lyz Jaakola, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, who adds traditional Anishinaabe vocals and percussion.
Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders
Sun., May 7, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Presented by Jazz88 and hosted by award-winning vocalist and KBEM radio personality Patty Peterson, enjoy an intimate afternoon of live music and inspiring stories with several Twin Cities' jazz legends who have achieved local and national acclaim. These legends will entertain with their favorite music and discuss how their journeys became a part of Minnesota music history. Set in a live concert/radio format, guests will experience what the musical environment was like in the Twin Cities in the second half of the 20th century and how it shaped today's thriving jazz scene. The performance will be recorded for later broadcast on Jazz88 and will be archived on the station's website.
These programs are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.