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Chieli Minucci Brings Special EFX All Stars to Beavercreek's Weekend of Jazz


Emmy Award-winning jazz guitarist, composer, and producer Chieli Minucci is bringing his jazz supergroup Special EFX All Stars to the 2019 Weekend of Jazz in Beavercreek. Ahead of this weekend's performance, Minucci spoke with WYSO's Niki Dakota on Excursions about his group and his work.

Special EFX All Stars, featuring Chieli Minucci, Nelson Rangell, Lao Tizer, and Karen Briggs will be performing on March 1st at 8 PM at Beavercreek High School Alumni Auditorium, as part of the 2019 Weekend of Jazz event. Ticket information can be found at weekendofjazz.org.

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.