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twin cities minnesota jazz vocalist Arne Fogel


Recent press reports concerning Arne Fogel:

  • MINNPOST: Jim Walsh looks at some of his favorite Twin Cities radio programs, including “The Bing Shift”
  • STAR-TRIBUNE: James Lileks features Arne Fogel in his “My Minnesota” column:

  • “…Understated, elegant, and Sinatra-esque….”
    - - Jim Walsh, STAR TRIBUNE (MN)

    “…..I can’t think of anyone else around here who does what Fogel does…… There’s a dearth of male jazz vocalists in general, and none in this area who has mastered Fogel’s unique style of pop/swing. It’s accessible, danceable, romantic and fun….”
    - - Pamela Espeland, MINNPOST

    “Arne is arguably the best male vocalist in the region and most certainly is one of the best-informed jazz vocalists in the nation…..Over several decades, Arne has earned his place as a professional singer, a sensitive mentor and a respected historian…..”
    - Robert H. Behrens, JazzMN, Inc. Board of Directors, in JazzMN Concert Series program, April 4th, 2009

    “Arne, our time together creating “CERTAIN STANDARDS” was one of my “High Points”. You have more knowledge of recording and studios than anyone I know…”                                                                                      — Matthew Zimmerman, owner & chief engineer, WILD SOUND STUDIOS, Minneapolis

    “What Fogel does is subtle. His baritone is good bourbon on the rocks - sweet with a touch of snap…..wins you over completely with a wistful blend of warmth and flashes of wit…..”
    –Lydia Howell, MINNEAPOLIS OBSERVER

    “….Whether he is channeling Sinatra, Crosby or another swing-era master, the consummate crooner brings sophisticated swing to every performance……..Arne was recently inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame, celebrating his first four decades as singer, radio personality and all-around encyclopedia of vocal jazz….”
    – Andrea Canter, JAZZPOLICE

    “…Seeing and hearing Arne Fogel perform is always a pleasure……He’s a pro……Arne always tells us something about the songs he sings, and for that I would like to give him a humanitarian award…”
    – Pamela Espeland, BEBOPIFIED

    “…Arne Fogel is so true to his essence that one cannot separate the music from the man. His swing, sweetness and sense of humor are integrated so into his style and deep knowledge of the music that he is the special genre of jazz he sings…”
    – Lucia Newell, vocalist & recording artist, in MINNPOST

    “….Arne Fogel: For many Minnesotans he’s a household word - that jazz singer with a mellow voice who’s as reliably there as the seasons…”
    –Dave Matheny, MPLS. STAR - TRIBUNE

    “…I’ve…enjoyed some 20 years of on-air education from Arne’s radio shows…. His contribution to my career development, in just this one way, is incalculable and irreplaceable. He is one-of-a-kind.”
    — Maud Hixson, vocalist & recording artist, in MINNPOST

    “….Fogel himself wears many hats and under one of them he is perhaps the Twin Cities’ finest male singer of classic American popular song….”
    –Bob Lingner, TCJS JAZZNOTES

    “Arne…You are a master craftsman. I applaud your works. You have pared your relaxed style down to the essentials with great intonation, feeling, and sense of effortless swing!…”
    – Ron Kaplan, vocalist and executive director, AMERICAN SONGBOOK PRESERVATION SOCIETY

    “Arne brings his talents as a singer to presentations of the creative work of this country’s foremost musicians…..His deep understanding of the context from which the music and musicians emerge provides a solid basis for sharing his affection and knowledge with his audience.”
    —Marilyn Heltzer, Former Vice-President of programming, Minnesota Public Radio

    “…..With great care for what the composer and lyricist had in mind ARNE FOGEL places his subtle signature over a collection of American standards. Fogel understands those messages, and you will too.”
    – LEIGH KAMMAN.

    “…..wonderful sets and several classic songs….. Fogel is as fun to watch as he is to hear. His performance is loaded with personality, energy, and grand gestures…..”
    — Pamela Espeland, BEBOPIFIED

    “….a prototype Arne Fogel rendition: smooth as velvet on the top notes, slightly smoky on the bottom, his phrasing selling every word….”
    -- Andrea Canter, JAZZ POLICE

    “Arne Fogel has a powerful sense of selling a song, especially a classic song from the American musical theatre. He is a skilled recreator, and his interpretations in song benefit from his depth of both knowledge and accumulated feeling for every text and melody.”
    — William J. Schaffer, author of “The Art Of Ragtime”, in THE MISSISSIPPI RAG

    “…a warm, mature, and relaxed vocal personality, equally adept at ballads and up-tempo numbers……”
    – Gerry Stonestreet, IN TUNE INTERNATIONAL Magazine

    “Fogel’s encyclopedic knowledge of pop music shines….only someone steeped in the history of popular music could have come up with such gems, and mixed them with classics…..”
    — Tom Webber, ROCHESTER POST - BULLETIN

    “Arne is a very good singer in the great tradition, who deserves to be heard…..His singing has its own distinct style & flavor, and he sounds like no one else.”
    –Michael Lund, SERENDIPITY RECORDS INTERNATIONAL CATALOGUE


  • ……..HEAR ARNE FOGEL’S INTERVIEW ON THE “CORNER JAZZ” PROGRAM, HOSTED BY MARYANN SULLIVAN (April, 2009)

  • NEW!!……. READ JAZZ WRITER PAMELA ESPELAND’S COVERAGE: THE PRODUCTION OF ARNE FOGEL’S NEW RADIO SERIES (part one) and (part two).


  • ……READ ABOUT ARNE’S 2009 CONCERT PRESENTATIONS:
  • ANDREA CANTER WRITES ABOUT “HAVE MERCER ON US” FOR JAZZ POLICE.

    “AND THE NOMINEES WERE”, AS PREVIEWED IN MINNPOST, BY PAMELA ESPELAND.


  • ……ARNE FOGEL CELEBRATED 40 YEARS IN THE “SINGING BUSINESS” DURING 2008! ….Check out coverage by:
  • ANDREA CANTER in JAZZPOLICE

    PAMELA ESPELAND in MINNPOST

    PAMELA ESPELAND in BEBOPIFIED…….

    WIL SHAPIRA in The MISSISSIPPI RAG, …

    Arne’s MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO interview with MARYANN SULLIVAN (both the “uncut” version and the version as aired) archived on THE JAZZ CONNECTION………


  • ….BLOGGED AT THE DAKOTA: Read a PAMELA ESPELAND entry in her “BEBOPIFIED” blog, featuring an ARNE FOGEL appearance at THE DAKOTA in Minneapolis…..

  • ARNE FOGEL IS A 2008 INDUCTEE INTO THE “MID-AMERICA MUSIC HALL OF FAME”.

  • Arne Fogel and the Wolverines Quartet: Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
    Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson: Let