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UND English Professor Steven Rand started his band Penumbra, a fusion of jazz and folk, a little over twenty years ago and has been playing with various members ever since. Penumbra is defined as "the glow around an eclipse" giving Steven's band name extra meaning. "This world can be a a dark place," Steven said. "Music is the light around the darkness." Check out Penumbra next week during the Backstage Project at Empire Arts July 24, 2014. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)

Musician’s love of jazz highlighted on new album

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The images and sound are still vivid in Steven Rand’s mind.

He can still see and hear that time his dad took him to go see a Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66 concert in Long Island. From then on, he was hooked on jazz.

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