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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

RCMS- Replay: Malamanya

Like the Mississippi river’s constant flow to the Gulf, the trade winds bring healing to the Twin Cities of Minnesota through Caribbean culture.
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RCMS- Replay: Jack Barrett

12/3/2022

Need some music after the holiday weekend? Don’t miss Jack’s first appearance in this series. Unwind with music and leftovers with this virtual concert.
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RCMS- Replay: Duncan & Robinson

11/19/2022

Duncan & Robinson return to the series for the 3rd time. We can’t wait of the sounds of these incredible artists hit the airwaves again. This duo, along with background fro the WDP singers will perform gospel, jazz and R&B. As Mr. Duncan promised, “you’ll be inspired and you won’t walk out the same.”
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RCMS- Replay: Jack Breen

11/12/2022

Jack Breen has deep roots within the Walker|West community. A student of Walker|West since 2004, Jack started lessons with Felix James and has been a member of our Teaching and Performing faculty since 2019. 
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RCMS- Replay: Tower of Power Horns

1029/2022

Trumpeter Gerard Ahlgren is based in the Minneapolis, Minnesota. He currently holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from McNally Smith College of Music with emphasis on Jazz Studies.
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RCMS- Replay: Kevin Washington and RA Spirit

10/21/2022

Kevin Washington has been part of this series since it’s inception, with his group RA Spirit performing in the 2021 series as well. You won’t want to miss their return. Kevin is among the most versatile of jazz musicians-as adept at playing straight ahead tunes as he is incorporating Afro-Latin rhythms on hip-hop into his sets.
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RCMS- Replay: Selby Avenue Brass Band feat. Thomasina Petrus

9/24/2022

We’re glad to welcome again Selby Ave Brass Band ft. Thomasina Petrus back to the series for the second time. This group always bring something dynamic to the stage. Be sure to tell a friend about this upcoming set.
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RCMS- Replay: Give Get Sistet

9/9/2022

The Give Get Sistet is an expandable, improvisational chorus of Black women and non-binary artists based in the Twin Cities with ties around the world.
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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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RCMS- Replay: Burning Truth

The Burning Truth Project is a 90-minute performance weaving together songs and story with space to share and reflect on some of the many thoughts, lessons and feelings we have been holding as a community since the summer of 2020. 
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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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RCMS- Replay: Malamanya

12/18/2021

Like the Mississippi river’s constant flow to the Gulf, the trade winds bring healing to the Twin Cities of Minnesota through Caribbean culture.
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RCMS- Replay: Tish Jones

12/3/2021

Tish Jones is a poet, performer and educator.  She has a passion for hip-hop,  spoken word and youth development through the arts, being founder of TruArtSpeaks.  Tish has performed at the Walker Art Center,  Intermedia Arts, and the Cedar Cultural Center.  Tish will be joined by top local musicians.
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Music to my ears

Insight News – 11/28/2021
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RCMS- Replay: William E. Duncan & Robert Robinson

11/20/2021
William E. Duncan is a musician, composer and Walker I West teaching artist.  He has worked with some of the greatest gospel artists in the world and with top local jazz musicians such as James Grear, Ginger Commodore, and his beloved sister the late Debbie Duncan. 
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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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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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RCMS- Replay: LA Buckner Band

11/6/2021

Arthur “LA” Buckner sets himself apart from other drummers and musicians with his ability to incorporate Latin, blues, pop, hip-hop, and R&B influences into whatever style of music he is playing. 
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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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RCMS- Replay: Kevin Washington Quintet

10/29/2021

Kevin is among the most versatile of jazz musicians – as adept at playing straight ahead tunes as he is incorporating Afro Latin rhythms and hip hop into his sets.  Kevin is a Walker I West teaching artists and instructs our youth jazz ensembles. 


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RCMS- Replay: Selby Avenue Brass Band, featuring Thomasina Petrus

10/15/2021
The Selby Avenue Brass Band brings a unique voice to the Twin Cities music scene with a mix of New Orleans jazz and other genres. The group is led by Tom Wells, tubist, arranger, composer, and Walker | West teaching artist. The band features Twin Cities premier vocalist, Thomasina Petrus. 
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RCMS- Replay: PaviElle French

10/9/2021

Pavielle French is an amazing interdisciplinary artist known for her powerhouse vocals and performing.  She hails from the Rondo Community, honing her skills as a teenager at Penumbra Theater.  Pavielle has received numerous accolades such as the Upper Midwest Emmy Award and Sage Award.  She is also a former Walker I West Student.
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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

After a national search that began in early 2020 and was paused for almost a year when COVID struck, the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) at the University of Minnesota has a new director.
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The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to Mears Park

MinnPost – 9/16/2021

Enjoy it live and in person — or virtually from home.
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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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REMEMBRANCE • REFLECTION • RESILIENCE

5/21/2021

Join us for a performance about Black strength, history, and resilience featuring Twin Cities visual, spoken word, and musical artists.
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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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‘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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RCMS- Replay: Duncan & Friends: Tribute to Debbie Duncan

2/26/2021
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SPCO to resume livestreams; remembering Barbara Field

MinnPost – 2/25/2021
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RCMS- Replay: Sarah M. Greer

2/20/2021
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RCMS- Replay: Selby Avenue Brass Band, featuring Thomasina Petrus

2/12/2021
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RCMS- Replay: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration featuring The Solomon Sessions

1/15/21
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2020

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

Pioneer Press – 12/18/2020
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RCMS- Replay: Duncan & Robinson

12/12/2020

This performance is a pretty special one. Not only does it conclude our 2020 virtual Rondo Community Music Series, but it is dedicated to beloved “First Lady of Song” here in the Twin Cities, Debbie Duncan, who has been battling some immense health challenges recently.
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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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RCMS- Replay: Ashley DuBose

12/5/2020

Ashley DuBose is probably most widely known for her hit single, “Intoxicated” and for her participation in Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice.
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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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RCMS- Replay: De’Sean Jones

11/7/2020

Detroit saxophonist De’Sean Jones is a world renowned musician, well regarded for his powerhouse sound and unique approach to modern jazz and electronic music. 
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RCMS- Replay: Kevin Washington

10/24/2020

One of the Twin Cities most versatile musicians, drummer Kevin Washington doesn’t stick to the jazz of the past. He takes the music to a new level, often incorporating other genres from Afro-Latin to hip hop and R&B beats. 
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RCMS- Replay: Roy Hargrove Tribute

10/17/2020

An All-Star TC Tribute to Roy Hargrove

Celebrating the Life of a Jazz Trumpet Marvel
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RCMS- Replay: Babatunde Lea

10/10/2020

A master percussionist, Babatunde Lea plays what he calls the traponga, which is made up of three congas, a cajete, ( or cowbell ), trap drums and upright cymbals. Lea’s music is often inspired by African and Caribbean rhythms even combined with the modern sound of other jazz musicians in the Twin Cities. 
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Minnesota elder leaders on the times we’re living in

West Central Tribune – 9/27/2020
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RCMS- Replay: We Are King

9/11/2020

Minneapolis-born and Los Angeles based twin sisters, Paris and Amber Strother gained commercial acclaim in 2016 with their debut album, We Are King. 
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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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