About

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of bringing communities together to enjoy and appreciate the art form of jazz and inspire new generations of youth.   What started as a small one­-day event in downtown Minneapolis 21 years ago has grown into one of the largest free civic jazz festivals in the upper Midwest.  The festival is located in and around Mears Park in the Lowertown neighborhood of  downtown St. Paul.  Over 100 youth perform at the festival as well as participate in programs that bridge the gap between youth and professional artists.  Performances and youth activities are free and open to all.

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

 

– Steve Heckler Executive Director

TWIN CITIES JAZZ FESTIVAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS / STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

TEAM

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
SPOT COMMUNICATIONS
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