Sophia Shorai concert with Tanner Taylor
Produced by Daniel Zamzow
Sophia Shorai was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Minneapolis. A classically trained pianist, she began exploring jazz in her early teens, learning vocalese from her trumpet-playing father. Sophia performs regularly at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and in other venues across the Twin Cities. In addition to singing, she has done voice work for national television commercials, as well as television and motion pictures. This concert was recorded April 28, at the Red Stag Supperclub in Northeast Minneapolis. With Tanner Taylor on keyboard.
Willie Gray & The Gossamer Sisters were our guests for the entire show. They played numerous cool songs and joked around with us, all live in the studio. The band consists of Nate Westgor of Willie’s American Guitars, Mary Rancone, and Deb Brown. As usual, the talented and lovely Angie Pykonen sat in with me on the show.
If you’d like to hear the show, click “MORE” below to link to the playlist and archives. Music starts around 03:45 into the archive, just after the news.
AMPERS is the network of community radio stations throughout greater Minnesota. Tonight’s edition of MinneCulture features:
KQAL/Culture Clique KQAL’s Teri Tenseth and Winona Daily News reporter Jerome Christenson interview Heather Rogers, author of “The Hidden Life of Garbage.” This segment was part of an environmental series produced by KQAL on reducing waste.
KBEM/Minnesota Music Moments
Produced by Maryann Sullivan
This weekly series by Maryann Sullivan features local Twin Cities jazz artists. Tonight we hear segments on vocalist Arne Fogel, bassist Brian Roessler, Davina & the Vagabonds, and accordion player Patrick Harrison.