“Jazz music is America’s past and its potential…It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art.” — Wynton Marsalis

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is probably one of the most fun and cool events in the Twin Cities!    The festival is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) free out-door event open to all.   The main stage along with several outdoor stages are located in and around Mears Park in the Lowertown neighborhood of  downtown St. Paul, MN.  Over 20 St. Paul venues partner with the festival hosting jazz all weekend long.   As part of the festival mission, over 100 youth perform at the festival.   Our national headliners lead masterclasses/clinics to students that are free and open to all.

If you plan to attend one of our outdoor stages there’s lots of food vendors as well as great local craft beer selections and wine.  All jazz fest stages are accessible.

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is funded by our generous corporate sponsors, grants and individual donations.


– Steve Heckler Executive Director



Alden Drew – Chair
Issac Peterson
Kevin Barnes
Michael Cook
Doug Brown
Barbara Davis
Steve Heckler
Phyllis Olin
Jim Scheibel
Tio Aiken


Steve Heckler – Executive Director
Kristine Heckler – Project Coordinator
Mary Fenske & Jean Ryan (JRI) Sponsorship Inquiries
Connie Shaver LLC – Director of Communications
Jon Morgan – Marketing Contributor
Anna Buchholz, Marketing Coordinator
Alicia Pedersen, Marketing Coordinator
Craig Eichhorn – Technical Director / Stage Manager
John Lozoya – Director of Logistics
Tom Waitros (TJ) Food Vendor Coordinator
Kate Wolf – Director of Volunteer Programs
Steve Wiese – Creation Audio – Sound
Neil Wallace – Event Pro – Sound
Andrea Canter – Photography
Bryan Hauer – Website
Bobby Commodore – Stage Manager
Chris Wussler – Bar/Beverage Manager
Darrel Hansen – Transportation Coordinator
Deborah Upchurch – Advance Coordinator
John Moreno – Labor Coordinator