Best Jazz Club
Dakota Jazz Club
The loss of St. Paul's long-running Artists' Quarter last year has left the Twin Cities live jazz diaspora scattered, so this year's winner feels almost like a reminder to be thankful for what we've still got. While venues like the Icehouse, the Black Dog, and Barbette have thankfully picked up the slack in hosting smaller-scale jazz events of note, the Dakota remains a destination stage for a good reason: their booking. Eclectic yet focused, the repertoire that the Dakota has hosted includes regular appearances by local favorites — Latin jazz pianist Nachito Herrera, blues/roots crossover artists Willie Walker & Paul Metsa, and torch singer-led Davina and the Vagabonds — among the internationally noteworthy likes of legendary virtuoso drummer Ginger Baker, free jazz icon Pharoah Sanders, and Southern soul powerhouse Bettye Lavette.