We entered our song “Silence” into the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. You will find it on the Tiny Desk website with all the other entries. You can also find it on our “Just a Touch of Jazz” YouTube channel.

We will let you know how the contest goes! The final winner will give a concert at NPR in Washington DC in September.

Justice Mercy Compassion: Uniting the Twin Cities With Music
Fri Ap 16 at 7 PM CDT https://tinyurl.com/JustATouchOfJazzYT
Just A Touch of Jazz YouTube channel Be there!!
Sponsored by Matt Dorland and Susan LaVelle

Matt and Susan premiere a very special song, “Silence.”

Join with us on our YouTube channel starting on Friday April 16, 2021, at 7 PM.

Online concert uploaded on Friday October 23, 2020…

Sponsored by Just a Touch of Jazz

Susan LaVelle & Matt Dorland, with 5 other professional local musicians, respond to our difficult year of 2020 by presenting an online video concert of original song to unite the Twin Cities’ community through music.

“Just a Touch of Jazz” YouTube hosts the concert!

Matt and Susan premier a song, “Keep Holding On.”

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Click through to their channel and subscribe so that you will be notified when they upload new music! Subscribe to Matt and Susan’s Insider emails for the most current information on performances, music downloads, contests, and insider information! Text “jazz” to 55444 to subscribe.

Susan LaVelle & Matt Dorland

Coming in September…
An In-Person, outdoor Concert!

MN Songwriters’ Roundtable Concert Series in Wyoming, MN.

Matt & Susan will perform the original songs you know and love along with new ones, all with our special touch of jazz and sharing the stage in a round table with 1-2 other MN songwriting musicians.

Social distancing rules apply for the audience. Performance will be outside, videoed by the local cable channel and available to watch online.

Mask up and bring a chair or blanket. 

Date: Thursday, Sept 10, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Click here for a map to Hallberg Center for the Arts, Wyoming, MN 

The Wyoming Area Creative Arts CommunityLive at the Hallberg Center for the Arts

The Hallberg Center for the Arts, is owned and run by the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community, with a mission to encourage creative expression, promote networking of local artists of all ages, and champion a learning environment that builds community participation in the arts.

Located at 5521 East Viking Blvd, in Wyoming, MN, the Center for the Arts is just a couple blocks east of the main intersection in downtown Wyoming.


just a touch of jazz, microphone, piano keyboard

Friday May 8, 2020

4:00 pm CDT


Susan LaVelle will perform the original LaVelle & Dorland song, “This Old House” supported by Matt’s fantastic blues piano. Plus, Susan will be interviewed by nationally known musician, Cheryl Englehardt.


Tune in on Instagram at 4 PM CDT @inthekeyofsuccess



Susan LaVelle & Matt Dorland

A candlelit lounge for food, drinks, & live music.

Date: Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30

Honey  205 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN

Cover charge: $10.00 per person
For Honey Food Menu, see here.
For Honey Drinks Menu, see here.

NOTE: Location is down a flight of stairs and accessible by elevator through the upstairs restaurant, Ginger Hop. The Host at Ginger Hop will direct you to the elevator upon request.

For directions, to Honey, click here.
Parking: Metered street parking along and across Hennepin & a city ramp around the back of the venue, plus several nearby metered lots.

RSVP for a special Three-course meal:

After hearing Matt & Susan’s previous show at Honey, Jon, the chef and one of the owners of Honey & Ginger Hop, said that having Matt & Susan back was a “no-brainer,” so he put together a special “nearly Valentine’s Day” meal!

$15 – Three-course meal

– Two-piece caramelized and cream cheese wonton
– Basil stir-fry w/ choice of chicken or fried tofu with jasmine rice
– Key Lime bar for dessert
The meal is $15.00/person and you must RSVP directly to Jon@gingerhop.com

More completely new songs, plus other originals and familiar tunes with our special touch of jazz, in the romantic atmosphere of an underground NY Jazz club.

Plan ahead for February:

Hold the date and time:

Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Honey

We’d love, love, love to see you

at this special Valentine’s weekend performance!

just a touch of jazz, microphone, piano keyboard

Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 12:00 Noon–2:00 pm

Susan LaVelle & Matt Dorland

Free Concert!

Matt & Susan’s original songs,

Christmas standards with a touch of jazz!

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Noon to 2:00 PM

Dunn Brothers Coffee–Arden Hills
1160 West County Road E
Arden Hills, MN 55112

For directions, click here.

DB AH LIVE wall pic Christmas

just a touch of jazz, microphone, piano keyboard

Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:00–8:00 pm

Susan LaVelle & Matt Dorland

Our original songs, plus standards with a touch of jazz.

A great date night!

Get together with friends!



We can’t wait to share two completely new songs, plus original and familiar tunes with our special touch of jazz in the atmosphere of an underground New York Jazz club.



A candlelit lounge for food, drinks, & live music.

205 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Cover charge: $5.00 per person

For directions, click here.
We love, love, love it when you can come to our shows! We love a full-house!

Plan ahead for December:

Hold the date and time:

Sunday, December 22, 12 noon to 2 PM
Matt & Susan’s 2nd Annual Christmas Show
at Dunn Brothers Arden Hills.
Stay tuned!