The Jazz Image Minnesota Edition

Series produced by KBEM

Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Image by: Andrea Canter 
Leigh Kamman 

During his 60-plus years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including many from the Minnesota scene. These are being preserved and edited by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project and presented as The Jazz Image: Minnesota Edition, a continuation of the The Jazz Image: Special Edition series. These projects are part of the process of preserving and sharing the massive archive of historical recordings he left when he passed away in October 2014.

Leigh Kamman was an internationally known broadcaster and supporter of jazz music who was on the air in Minnesota – with a hiatus for World War II and 6 years in Harlem/New York City - from the late 1930’s at the University of Minnesota radio station to his retirement from Minnesota Public Radio in 2007.

Leigh conducted hundreds of interviews of jazz musicians including those from Minnesota, or lived and performed here from the 1950’s to the early 2000’s. The segments include interviews with musicians such as Irv Williams, Jeannie Arland Peterson, Percy Hughes, Mike Elliot and Anthony Cox.


48 Pieces

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Since the 1990's guitarist Steve Blons has been active as a teacher and freelance musician and for many years played weekly at the Dakota Club in M...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 05:32
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Guitarist Reuben Ristrom has been a stalwart in the music scene in the Twin Cities for many years. Reuben plays all styles of Jazz and in 2018 was ...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 06:04
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This archival interview was done as part of Leigh Kamman's Women in the Arts jazz series. This interview was done when Laura's second CD, " As One"...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 05:56
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Larry McDonough graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in music education. Larry has been performing extensively in the Twin Cit...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 06:17
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Bassist Gordy Johnson grew up in a musical family, his father was a bassist with the Minnesota Orchestra for over 40 years, and his mother was a pi...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 06:12
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Saxophonist Doug Haining grew up in St Louis Park, MN and started playing professionally in the 1970's. Doug attended St Olaf College where he grad...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 07:13
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Cornetist Paul "Doc" Evans was born in Spring Valley, MN in 1907. He started his musical journey playing piano, later adding drums, and then in hig...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 05:55
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Guitarist and composer Dean Magraw has performed and recorded with a wide variety of great musicians and is known for his masterful guitar playing....

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 05:40
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Pianist, vocalist, producer and radio show host Arne Fogel has been a regular performer at clubs and concert venues in the Twin Cities for many yea...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 05:56
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Anthony Cox is a world renowned arranger, composer, educator and musician from Minneapolis. He has played and recorded with many of the greats of ...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 06:04
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Internationally acclaimed jazz singer, recording artist, voice teacher, coach, Lucia Newell is originally from Minneapolis. She has been a mainstay...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2022
  • Length: 06:29
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A native of Saint Paul, Drummer Kenny Horst has been a part of the Twin Cities Jazz scene since the 1960's and has played for many local musicians....

  • Added: Dec 16, 2022
  • Length: 06:29
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Since he was a young man in the 1950's, until his death in 2020, Gary Berg was a mainstay on the local jazz scene. Over the course of his career Ga...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2022
  • Length: 07:00
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Jazz musician, vocalist and actor, Dennis Spears is well know for his work as an actor at Penumbra Theater and also for his work in the late 80's a...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2022
  • Length: 05:56
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Chris Bates has been very active in the Twin Cities since the 1990's. He is a founding member of many local jazz groups including The Motion Poets...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2022
  • Length: 07:31
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Born in Birmingham, Alabama, vocalist Charmin Michelle moved to Minnesota while still a child. Based in Minneapolis, Charmin is no stranger to lif...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2022
  • Length: 05:21
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Vocalist Bruce Henry is a storyteller, historian, composer and performer extraordinaire. Mr. Henry has an impressive 3 and a half octave range wh...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2022
  • Length: 08:46
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Pianist Bobby Peterson grew up in a music family first starting clarinet and eventually switching to piano, which became his primary instrument. B...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2022
  • Length: 07:16
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Born in Germany, Herb Pilhofer was gigging on piano in the Twin Cities by the mid-'50s and became the Guthrie Theater's musical director in 1963. ...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2020
  • Length: 05:04
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Saxophonist-educator Donald Washington moved from Detroit to the Twin Cities in 1987, bringing with him wife/vocalist Faye, and their son Kevin, no...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2020
  • Length: 05:04