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Twin Cities singer-composer PaviElle French hopes to ‘lift up’ young musicians

Star Tribune 5/19/2022

The singer-composer is reimagining the way Twin Cities arts organizations should collaborate with the next generation.
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Walker West growing beyond music

Star Tribune – 5/10/2022
St. Paul music school using capital campaign to strengthen community ties.
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Walker West Music Academy outgrows Selby Ave. site

My Villager – 4/13/2022
The Wilder building on Marshall offers several advantages, according to Haulcy… The new facility offers improved rehearsal spaces and a larger performance space. Plans call for greatly upgraded technology as well as better soundproofing.
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$12.6 Million Initiative Offers New Funding for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American-Led Arts Organizations

McKnight Foundation – 6/18/2021

The Regional Cultural Treasures program honors organizations that have made a significant impact on our cultural landscape over decades.
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2022

Walker West Music Academy: What music means

Knight Foundation – 8/30/22
This month, Walker West Music Academy is featured as a part of Minnesota Philanthropy Partner’s Nonprofits to Know series.
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Portrait of an artist as a young man

StarTribune– 7/13/22
Music producer, musician and University of Minnesota student David Smith credits God, church and Instagram for his success.
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At Walker West Music Academy, music education is a tool for growth

MPR News 5/19/2022

MPR News host Angela Davis sits down with Braxton Haulcy to talk about music education, and the history and future of Walker West.
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Ta-coumba T. Aiken wins a Guggenheim, recognizing decades of dynamic work

MinnPost 4/26/2022

Aiken says the fellowship signifies a belief in his work, which allows him to continue to do his work in communities at large.
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10 Current Black Minnesota Musicians You Need to Know

StarTribune 2/18/2022

A year ago we compiled a guide to “30 Essential Black Minnesota Musicians” — a look back at the state’s all-time greats, and at least one of the world’s (Prince) — but we felt there was something missing: It left out many of the current Black musicians who are shaping and igniting the sounds coming out of the Twin Cities and beyond. So that’s our mission here.
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Artist PaviElle French Launches Residency in St. Paul

I Care If You Listen – 2/10/2022
American Composers Forum (ACF) is excited to announce “Liberation! Lifting up our Youth:” a multi-part residency led by artist and St. Paul native PaviElle French and six St. Paul-based arts organizations.
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Friends, family of late musician hold concert to benefit the place he taught children, St. Paul’s Walker West Music Academy

Pioneer Press 1/25/2022
Tom Zosel taught students several wind instruments, including trombone, at St. Paul’s Walker West Music Academy.
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2021

Bill Cottman, photographer, poet, radio host and mentor to Twin Cities artists, dies at 77

StarTribune – 12/22/2021
He began hosting KFAI’s “Mostly Jazz” in the mid-1990s.
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Grants highlight work of Minnesota groups serving those with Alzheimer’s and dementia

MinnPost – 12/13/2021
The number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is on the rise in Minnesota.
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Music to my ears

Insight News – 11/28/2021
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St. Paul music academy to expand its dementia-friendly chorus

MPRnews – 11/15/2021

The St. Paul music school announced $7 million fundraiser goThe Minnesota Board on Aging has awarded the Walker|West Music Academy in St. Paul more than $100,000 to expand its Amazing Grace Chorus, which engages people with dementia and works to get the word out about Alzheimer’s disease in the Black community.
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Ten Minnesota arts groups serving communities of color to split $7M in funding

StarTribune – 5/18/2021
At least $500,000 each for “cultural treasures” linked to communities of color.
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Songs of the Soul, Interview with Lady J Griot

KFAI – 11/9/2021
Jacquie Lady J Maddix has been broadcasting the blues for more than 30 years. She blends Blues, Soul, R&B, Funk and Jazz into a music alchemy that holds the listener spellbound. The roots of American blues music runs deeper than the slave trade of the 1600’s in America.
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Minnesota Board on Aging awards grants to support people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia

MN Board of Aging – 11/4/2021
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Crisis responders: the state’s resourceful nonprofits, which navigated a year like no other

MinnPost – 09/24/2021
Funny Asian Women Kollective (FAWK) and Walker West Music Academy, for example, both embraced their roles working at the intersection of art, performance, community, healing, and learned to find new ways to engage and support their served communities.
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New leadership for the Weisman; Joshua Bell at Orchestra Hall

MinnPost – 9/21/2021
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The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to Mears Park

MinnPost – 9/16/2021
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Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to Mears Park in St. Paul on Sept. 17-18

Pioneer Press – 9/10/2021
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The Dakota reopens, shiny and ready; Nachito Herrera to headline 20th annual Selby Avenue JazzFest

MinnPost – 9/10/2021
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St. Paul’s Selby JazzFest gearing up for 20th year

StarTribune – 9/7/2021
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Pianist Nachito Herrera celebrates 20 years in Minnesota at 20th annual Selby Avenue JazzFest

Pioneer Press – 9/4/2021
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Schubert Club reveals Accordo, Mix concerts for 2021-22; Wes Anderson’s Kingdom at the Heights

MinnPost – 7/28/2021
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Delfeayo Marsalis, Kenny Barron and Emmet Cohen set to headline Twin Cities Jazz Festival

MinnPost – 6/23/2021
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Your guide to outdoor summer music in the cities

MinnPost – 6/23/2021
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McKnight grant caps successful year for Walker-West Music Academy

My Villager – 6/23/2021
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Local arts organizations: ‘We are a worthy community investment’

Kare11 – 5/21/2021
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‘Jazz Fest Live’ draws thousands of viewers to music made in Minnesota

MinnPost – 4/1/2021
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Groove was everything’ to Minnesota bluesman Big George Jackson, dead at 71

StarTribune – 3/18/2021
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SPCO to resume livestreams; remembering Barbara Field

MinnPost – 2/25/2021
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2020

‘Extraordinarily gifted’ Minneapolis jazz vocalist Debbie Duncan dies at 69

Pioneer Press – 12/18/2020
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Taylor Mac to perform ‘Holiday Sauce … Pandemic!’ live; ‘A Christmas Carol’ radio play from Park Square Theatre

MinnPost – 12/11/2020
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Striking a chord with the senior set: Walker-West is now offering private lessons for aspiring musicians 55 and older

My Villager – 11/14/2020
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‘Art in This Present Moment’ features right-now work by BIPOC artists; History Theatre presents Tim O’Brien’s ‘The Things They Carried’

MinnPost – 11/12/2020
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Minnesota elder leaders on the times we’re living in

West Central Tribune – 9/27/2020
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Walker West Music Academy expands community connections, seeks to raise $ 7 million

Pioneer Press – 7/5/2020
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Roderick Cox forms new ties to Minnesota; celebrating Marion McClinton’s life at Pillsbury Theatre

MinnPost – 2/28/2020
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2019

How to Volunteer in the Twin Cities This Holiday Season

Thrillist – 11/11/2019
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Twin Cities Jazz Venues

Jazz Police – 11/3/2019
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‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ is a visual playlist; ‘Curious Incident’ to open at Yellow Tree

MinnPost – 9/13/2019
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Vocalist Ashley Dubose launches Rondo Community Music Series

Insight News – 9/9/2019
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Walker West Music Academy expands community connections, seeks to raise $ 7 million

Pioneer Press – 07/05/2020
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What is Juneteenth? Some elders explain

Kare11 – 6/19/2019
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MPR “All Things Considered” Juneteenth Interview

MPRnews – 6/19/2019
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Minnesota Humanities Center names Kevin Lindsey new CEO

Insight News – 5/31/2019
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Tools to unlock the imagination

Southwest Journal – 3/7/2019
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Braxton Haulcy named executive director at Walker West Music Academy

Insight News – 1/25/2019
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2018

Walker West Announces Second Season of 8 O’Clock Jump Jazz Series
Twin Cities

Jazz Police – 10/1/2018
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‘Siah Armajani: Follow This Line’ to open at the Walker; SPCO’s season opener

MinnPost – 9/7/2018
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Saturday’s Selby Avenue JazzFest starts with a traditional New Orleans procession

Pioneer Press – 9/5/2018
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Racially charged Twitter war prompts Har Mar Superstar to start GoFundMe campaign

Pioneer Press – 7/5/2018
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Tools to unlock the Get set for world-class jazz this weekend around St. Paul’s lovely Mears Park. And it’s free.

Pioneer Press – 6/21/2018
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‘Right Here Showcase’ spotlights midcareer artists; ‘Speechless’ returns to the Lab

MinnPost – 5/10/2018
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2018 Twin Cities Jazz Festival: Headliners Announced

Jazz Police – 4/17/2018
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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 2018

Jazz Police – 4/1/2018
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Ridiculously picky’ jazz vocalist Debbie Duncan really likes her new album

Star Tribune – 3/29/2018
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Melvin Carter’s cabinet choices didn’t always align with community panels’ picks

Pioneer Press – 1/11/2018
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