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Lowell Pickett is the founder of the nationally known Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been responsible for programming its stage for twenty-seven years. In that time, the Dakota has become one of the most respected small listening rooms in the United States, presenting thousands of shows covering every musical genre.
Pickett has also produced shows for or in collaboration with large and small arts organizations, including the Guthrie Theater, the Walker Arts Center, and Minnesota Public Radio, in venues ranging from small theaters to outdoor festivals to the New Orleans Superdome. He cofounded the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and served as its president for seven years. Prior to his work at the Dakota Jazz Club, he was program director for the Minnesota Public Programming Corporation and served as chair of the Minneapolis Arts Commission as well as a member of various dance and theater boards.
At MIM, Pickett’s responsibilities include booking national and international performances for the MIM Music Theater, designing the overall programmatic mix of artists, and coordinating the schedule of performances by artists based locally and through MIM’s partner organizations.