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Coach McKenzie speaks on retirement/North side community

After 24 years of coaching boys high school basketball in Minneapolis, Larry McKenzie has decided it's time to put away the whistle and clipboard. Manny Hill talks with Coach McKenzie about why now was the time to step away and focus on other aspects of life, and also the lasting impact he's had on the Northside community of Minneapolis.

20m
Aug 09
Cathy ‘n Abel Aim To Please Audiences as they Enjoy Performing

Cathy ‘n Abel have a unique niche. The duet curates popular songs from the last fifty years or so that sound good using voice and guitar. Plus, they keep in mind the reference points of the Latino community. When Cathy ‘n Abel talked to Phil Nusbaum, Cathy put the mission this way.

7m
Aug 09
Rachel Kurtz Sings for Varied Types of Audiences

Rachel Kurtz has been singing her whole life and gets everything behind her performances. When Rachel talked with Phil Nusbaum, she talked about the connections between her life and her songs.

8m
Aug 07
Pavielle Visits the Afternoon Cruise in Advance of Her New Documentary

Pavielle is releasing a new documentary that tracks the making of her album, Sovereign. Check out the extended conversation between Pavielle and Jazz88's Sean McPherson.

25m
Aug 02
Patty and the Buttons Play for the Sunday Swing Brunches at the Aster in Minneapolis

Patty and the Buttons performs for Sunday Swing Brunches at the Aster Care in Minneapolis. It’s on every week from 11 AM to 2 PM. Accordionist Patty Harison leads the group, and he knew that the audience would come back once the darkest days of the pandemic were gone. He knew that from March 2021, when Patty and the Buttons held forth in the cold at the Lake Harriet bandshell.

8m
Aug 02
Red Planet Performs its Improvisational Jazz at the Metronome in Saint Paul, Tuesday August 2

Red Planet is composed of three great improvisers, drummer Jay Epstein, bassist Chris Bates and electric guitarist Dean Magraw. The Trio performs at 7PM this coming Tuesday at the Metronome, located across the street from the north side of St Paul’s Farmer’s Market. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Dean told Phil Nusbaum of the inspiration for forming the group.

8m
Jul 31
This Just In Podcast with Theo Croker

Theo Croker connected with Sean from This Just In to talk about his new record "Love Quantum" and recommend a couple artists he's been listening to lately. Check out the full conversation right here!

28m
Jul 29
Age of Age Exhibit from Art to Change the World during FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

Dr. Barbara Bridges of Art to Change the World on the Age of Age exhibit, closing 7/30/21

3m
Jul 27
Ask a Climate Expert: Details on the Dry Weather

We spoke to MN Department of Natural Resources State Climatologist Luigi Romolo about the dry weather this season.

4m
Jul 27
Your Neighborhood News: Fringe Ties to Northeast Minneapolis

Margo Ashmore of the Northeaster Newspaper joins The Mornings Show to highlight some Fringe Festival Shows, plus details on one artist using discarded rope and plastic to make entirely new creations

3m
Jul 26
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl with Kenna Cottman

Overview of this weekend's FLOW Northside Arts Cral

7m
Jul 26
Red Eye Ruby presents a CD Release event this Friday Night at the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis

The Roots Rock band Red Eye Ruby celebrates its new CD, the Ruby EP, at the Hook and ladder in Minneapolis, Friday night July 29. Red Eye Ruby is led by Ruby Blue, who writes the songs. Ruby explained to Phil Nusbaum that for her, songwriting is a way of expressing how she feels about things.

8m
Jul 26
Wain McFarlane, the Dreadlock Cowboy Next Tuesday at the Dakota in Minneapolis

Wain McFarlane is a transcendent Minnesota musician. Wain figured prominently is the famed Ipso Facto, and he’s still touring widely with his eclectic musical fusion. Wain is also known as the Dreadlock Cowboy, but his shows are even more eclectic that that sounds. Wain brings it all to the Dakota in Minneapolis Tuesday July 26 at 7PM, and recently stopped to talk with Phil Nusbaum about the show.

8m
Jul 24
Ask a Climate Expert: Heat Warnings

We spoke to State Climatologist Luigi Romolo from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about Heat advisories and warnings and listed some of the thresholds for this alerts to be issued.

3m
Jul 21
Scotty Barnhart of the Count Basie Orchestra Visits with Sean McPherson from the Afternoon Cruise

Hear Scotty Barnhart talk about the upcoming show at Crooner's alongside a discussion about the role of trumpet in jazz and Scotty's take on the most important jazz musician of all time.

18m
Jul 19
Your Neighborhood News: Urban Bird Collective Looking to Close the Nature Gap

We spoke with Noor Adwan about her article in the Sahan Journal on the Urban Bird Collective and their work to close the nature gap by spreading the love of birding to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities

2m
Jul 19
No Room For Squares Performs All Kinds of Bop This Saturday at KJs Hideaway in Saint Paul

No Room For Squares is a be-bop era tune originally released by iconic tenor saxophone Hank Mobley. And No Room For Squares is also the name of the local be-bop band led by drummer Bill Stieger. The group plays at 8PM this Saturday at KJ’s Hideaway in Saint Paul. When Bill talked to Phil Nusbaum, Bill explained why No Room For Squares is the name of the band.

8m
Jul 19
Seafood spots, and New State Fair Foods with Twin Cities Food and Music Critic Ali Elabbady

We check in with Ali about great places to grab all kinds of seafood, plus his thoughts on so of the new dishes you can grab at the state fair this year.

9m
Jul 15
The Undefeated Minnesota Aurora FC Advance in the USL Women's League Playoffs

Matthew Johnson covers the Aurora for SotaSoccer.com, he joins The Morning Show with an overview of their unbelievable inaugural season.

3m
Jul 15
Your Neighborhood News: Hiawatha Golf Course Clubhouse Named for Groundbreaking Black Golfer

We spoke with Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder staff writer and columnist Charles Hallman for an update on the Hiawatha Golf Course

6m
Jul 14
Ask a Climate Expert: Downpour vs. Drizzle

MN DNR State Climatologist Luigi Romolo answers your Climate and Weather Questions, send them to reed@jazz88.fm.

4m
Jul 13
Your Neighborhood News: One City's Plan to Battle Emerald Ash Borers

Margo Ashmore of the Northeaster Newspaper discusses one city's plan to prevent Emerald Ash Borers continued spread

3m
Jul 12
Marcus Anderson Chats with Patty Peterson

Marcus Anderson hopped on the phone with Patty Peterson in advance of his 7/8 show at Paisley Park

6m
Jul 08
Michael Cain Visits the Afternoon Cruise

Celebrated pianist and MacPhail faculty member Michael Cain stopped by in advance of his performance this Saturday at the MacPhail WaterWorks event.

7m
Jul 08
Nachito Herrera on the Afternoon Cruise

Nachito Herrera Joins the Afternoon Cruise to Talk about His Upcoming Show

8m
Jul 08
Interim Supt. Rochelle Cox looks ahead to 2022-23 school year

Rochelle Cox took over as Interim Superintendent at Mineapolis Public Schools on July 1, and she is already hitting the ground running. She talks with Manny Hill about her previous work at MPS, shares her excitement about this opportunity and what she has planned for the district for the 2022-23 school year.

12m
Jul 07
Minnesota Jazz Legends 2022

Join Patty Peterson in honoring our Minnesota Jazz Legends 2022, Dr. Steve Wright, Ollie Lyle, Linda Peterson, and the late Manfredo Fest.

57m
Jul 04
Ask an Expert: Taking Good Fireworks Photos

Instructor with Minneapolis Public Schools Community Ed, Gil Dignen on how to make your fireworks photos look professional this year.

4m
Jul 01
Middle School Arts Teacher Recieves A Huge Opportunity Abroad

Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl is a Visual Arts, Mural Arts and Arts Integration teacher at Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis, and she recently received a Fulbright Distinguished in Teaching Research Program award to carry out educational research in Colombia. Manny Hill spoke with Elissa about the kind of research she will be doing, and what this opportunity means to her.

10m
Jun 29
Ask a Climate Expert: Heat Index Factors

MN DNR State Climatologist Luigi Romolo answers your climate and weather questions every week, email them to reed@jazz88.fm. This week we dive into the heat index and the dangers of extreme heat.

4m
Jun 29