Skip to main content

Prince jams at jazz club in all-instrumental set

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A few lucky Prince fans were treated to the first of a three-night, six-set run of shows at The Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis by His Royal Purpleness on Wednesday night. WCCO talks to some of the giddy few who had tickets.

In a review, the Star Tribune said the first 80-minute, all-instrumental set before a small crowd was "as cool as it was curious."

Tickets for the shows sold out in about an hour for what are Minnesota-born Prince's first high-profile Twin Cities gigs since 1997, the newspaper noted. Musicians on stage Wednesday included drummer Ronald Bruner and bassist Andrew Gouche, the newspaper said.

It's expected that three new female musicians who have been generating a lot of buzz will be "auditioning" for Prince's band during the Thursday and Friday sets, Fox 9 reported.

The trio had never played together before meeting up in Minnesota, and they talked with Fox 9 about how they came to be auditioning for a band backing one of the most famous musicians in the world. They also share a few bits of Prince trivia: he's a great ping-pong player, and he's a lot funnier than you might think.

KMSP-TV

The trio is bassist Ida Nielsen, guitarist Donna Grantis, and drummer Hannah Ford, who was first contacted by Prince when she was at church. Here's a sample of her work:

Next Up

Carson McCoy

Charges: Man stole handgun from house, fired at motorcyclists from car

A chaotic scene that led to a police chase unfolded after an alleged burglary in Ham Lake.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

BCA's Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime in MN spiked in 2021

The report details violent crime trends in the seven-county metro and Greater Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 4.49.22 PM

Search for vulnerable man, 66, missing from Brooklyn Park

Alex Ramirez was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning.

St. Cloud Times

St. Cloud Times writing staff hit by Gannett budget cuts

Mass layoffs were expected at Gannett-owned outlets across the country.

PoolScammerLawsuitAG

Pool company sued by AG for allegedly scamming homeowners out of $1M-plus

According to the lawsuit, 17 Minnesota homeowners were affected by this scam.

image

Late cancellation of music festival leaves bad blood in Two Harbors

The cancellation announcement says the promoter walked away from the gig after being harassed by some local residents.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 1.58.08 PM

Fatal crash shuts down southbound I-35 north of Twin Cities

A massive backup has built in wake of the fatal crash.

Christopher Keyes

Prolific speeder charged in crash that killed woman, 75, in Plymouth

The man has seven speeding tickets dating back to 2019.

minneapolis police

Hunt for suspect who broke into apartment, fatally stabbed man

The homicide is the 57th to happen this year in the city.

Related

Paisley Park to fans: Stop touching Prince's instruments

Paisley Park says people shouldn't be touching Prince's instruments.

Paisley Park to fans: Stop touching Prince's instruments

Paisley Park says people shouldn't be touching Prince's instruments.