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Francisco Mela Named Twin Cities Jazz Festival Artistic Director

Drummer is first to hold the position

Drummer Francisco Mela has been named the first Artistic Director of Minnesota’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The appointment was announced by Executive Director Steve Heckler at a fundraising event Sept. 29 that featured drummer Mela leading a quartet. Heckler also announced that the festival will receive a $125,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to support the 2015 and 2016 festivals. The Twin Cities Jazz Festival will celebrate its 17th year in 2015 (June 25-27).

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