Quite stunned and saddened by the shocking news that Twin Cities arts reporter Pamela Espeland has passed away. I didn't know Pamela well, but she covered the Bad Plus whenever we played in Minneapolis. Over the years we exchanged a few enjoyable moments of marveling at other great musicians together. Her beat was not just jazz, or even just music, but the Arts writ large, and I'm sure she covered it all well -- yet I believe she did really have a soft spot for jazz, an attribute not shared by most general arts journalists.
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