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Best Jazz Club Minneapolis 2012 - Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55403


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Since moving from St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis in 2003, the Dakota has firmly established itself as the preeminent jazz venue in the city. You can regularly catch impassioned performances from jazz legends like McCoy Tyner and Roy Haynes, as well as rising new stars like Esperanza Spalding and the Bad Plus, with most artists frequently performing two sets in one evening or multiple-night stands to accommodate the demand without losing the intimacy the warm room provides. The relaxed but regal venue has also been attracting eclectic modern artists like Bob Mould, Lucinda Williams, and Aimee Mann as of late, in part due to its cozy, comfortable surroundings, as well as the room's stellar sound. Whatever your musical tastes may be, you are bound to come across either an old or a new favorite playing at the Dakota on any given night of the week.

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This is ridiculous. The Dakota "Jazz" Club hardly even has jazz anymore. Of the shows there in April, for example, only 9 of the 36 acts can even be considered jazz, and half of those are iffy as "jazz" artists. Why not award this to a real jazz club, like the Artists' Quarter. Come on City Pages, do some research.


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