Janiva Magness / JazzFest 2016

Jul 31, 2017

Blues Revue calls her "a blues interpreter of the highest rank...punchy and tough," with "swaggering, incendiary vocal performances." Janiva Magness has blues in her blood. She grew up in Detroit, surrounded by the Motown sound and listening to record after record of soul and R&B's greatest. Her early experience with suicides, homelessness, and teen pregnancy brought to light the realities of life. 

Minnesota Singer Alison Scott

Oct 4, 2012

Alison Scott was raised in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth. She started piano lessons at the age of five, but quit five years later. She took up the piano again a decade later when she started writing her own songs. Her music is rooted in soul and R&B. Scott has sold out the Dakota Jazz Club (an upscale original music venue in the Twin Cities) over a dozen shows in a row and with her band, she has performed at benefits, corporate functions and opened for several national acts such as Bon Jovi, Chris Isaak, Marc Cohn, Boz Scaggs, and Nanci Griffith.