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Classic jazz vocal band to play at the Dakota

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Rio Nido on their first album, 1978’s I Like to Riff

Rio Nido on their first album, 1978’s I Like to Riff

Rio Nido has long been one of the Twin Cities’ foremost interpreters of vocal jazz, dating back to their inception as part of the West Bank music scene of the early ’70s, and the Dakota Jazz Club will host the band’s original lineup for two shows, Dec. 27 and 28.

This lineup consisted of vocalist Prudence Johnson; Tim Sparks, providing both vocals and guitar virtuosity; and guitarist and vocalist Tom Liberman. The latter’s career has included a decade-long stint on A Prairie Home Companion, work as the creative director for Sesame Street Live, and an impressive solo career, including a recent release, Common Denominator, that was named one of the Star Tribune’s Top 10 Minnesota-made recordings of 2013.

The band will play two nights at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. For tickets and information, call 612-332-5299, or go to the Dakota website.

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