Tia Fuller

Saxophonist Tia Fuller (Friday, June 22 at 6:30) is most often seen with R&B star Beyonce, performing on a number of the superstar's tours, albums, and even as the featured soloist with the singer for President Obama at the White House. Ms. Fuller has also released four albums with her quartet, the most recent "Angelic Warrior" released in 2012. A professor at Berklee School of Music, she toured with Terri Lyne Carrington and the Grammy-winning "mosaic" project, Esperanza Spalding's "Radio Music Society" tour and Dianne Reeves' "Beautiful Life" tour, in addition to performing with Ralph Peterson, Rufus Reid, Geri Allen, Nancy Wilson Orchestra, and Wycliff Gordon, among others.

Houston Person with the Emmet Cohen Trio

Bringing his thick-toned, tenor sound, Houston Person (Friday, June 22 at 8:30) will round out the festival's headliners. Known for his bluesy sound and work with jazz organists, Person has been a combo leader for more than 50 years, working with a range of jazz legends like Etta Jones, Ran Blake, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, and Ray Drummond. In 2015, Person released a duo recording with Ron Carter, followed by his most recent album, Rain or Shine

Nayo Jones

Nayo Jones (Saturday, June 23 at 6:00) debuted at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2012 where she has appeared annually since then. Ms. Jones has opened for such greats as Chris Botti, Otis & the Temptations, The Whispers & Lakeside. In addition to her own show, Ms. Jones currently tours alongside New Orleans’ iconic jazz trumpeter, Kermit Ruffins. She has the savvy of some of the most classic female artists and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Ms. Jones has an extraordinary ability to capture her audience and keep them in a trance every time she hits the stage. Nayo Jones continues to cherish those classic tunes she heard growing up and is committed to bringing back the “authenticity of music” each time she performs. Her fans have compared her to the likes of Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack and even Billy Holiday as she belts out tunes from jazz standards to adult R&B.

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (Saturday, June 23 at 8:30) was named a 2017 NEA Jazz Master and is a three-time Grammy and Tony award winner, only adding to Bridgewater's prominent stature in today's jazz scene. Her most recent album Memphis, Tennessee honors Bridgewater's birthplace and the history of blues, R&B and soul, in this music city, covering classics that were created or associated with Memphis. Ms. Bridgewater has brought her fierce passion, originality, and dynamic personality to all of her albums and her work with artists such as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, among others.

Aurora Nealand

Saturday, June 23 @ 9:00 on the TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage

An established bandleader, composer, performer and improviser, Aurora Nealand has become a prominent force in the New Orleans music scene since she first arrived in 2005.

Combining the “formal education” –a music composition degree from Oberlin Conservatory and training at the Jacques Lecoq School of Physical Theatre in Paris- with the “informal” experience of playing music in the streets and clubs of New Orleans and throughout the northern Hemisphere, Nealand has emerges as an innovative, sensate and daring music creator and performer.

She is most recognized for her performance on saxophone, clarinet and vocals and has been at the forefront of the revival of New Orleans Traditional Jazz amongst the younger generation of the city’s musicians. Pianist Tom McDermott will join her on the TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage.

Tom McDermott

Saturday, June 23, 9:00 p.m.

TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage

One of the Crescent City’s most revered and sought after pianists since making it his home in the mid-1980s; McDermott is a prolific leader himself, having recorded nearly 20 recordings under his name. A thoroughly entertaining pianist steeped in tradition, McDermott is equally comfortable playing the music of Jelly Roll Morton or his own crafty compositions, which draw on his dazzling dexterity and innate sense of swing.

Pianist Tom McDermott will join Aurora Nealand on the TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage, 172 4th St E.

2018 Artists

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  • Liquid Vinyl

    This jazz-fusion group was formed by Totino-Grace High School student/drummer Nick Adams two summers ago, and has been presented as part of the JazzInk Youth Showcase on multiple occasions. The group is currently a sextet, and also includes fellow Twin Cities High School students Ethan Bogle (piano), Bruce Acosta (guitar), Jon Butler (bass), Calvin Reyes (trumpet) and Thoger Boyer (saxophone). Thur June 21 at 6:15 p.m., Music In Mears Park Stage

  • Hornucopia

    An eleven piece ensemble that offers tribute not to a specific artist, but instead pays homage to popular music that prominently featured horn sections over the past six decades. As such, Hornucopia’s repertoire runs the gamut, from classic rock to funk, blues to soul, ska and swing. Thur June 21 at 7:45 p.m., Music In Mears Park Stage

  • Joel Shapira

    Guitarist Shapira has been active on the Twin Cities music scene for nearly 20 years, playing in a wide array of settings and ensembles, from introspective solo performances, to fiery guitar jousts with Dean MaGraw, to extraverted bop with saxophonist Pete Whitman in the quartet Bottomless Pit. Most often he is heard supporting the area’s top vocalists. Thur June 21 at 7:00 p.m., Biergarten Germania and Sat June 23 at 6:30 p.m., Big River Pizza joelshapira.com

  • Scott Frazer

    Guitarist Fraser’s technical mastery enables him to incorporate blues, classical, Latin and pop influences, while remaining firmly rooted in the Chet Atkins/Joe Pass tradition. Fraser has coined the term Eclectricity to describe the musical and stylistic convergence that has formed his unique approach to his instrument. Thur June 21 at 5:30 p.m. and Sat June 23 at 8:45 p.m., Big River Pizza scottfrasermusic.com

  • Bruce Acosta Quartet

    Acosta is a young guitarist that began making his mark on the Twin Cities jazz scene while still in High School. Before matriculating to Columbia University this fall, he and his quartet, which includes Nick Adams (drums), Jorgen Linne (bass) and David Besonen (saxophone) will be making appearances around town at the Black Dog and Jazz Central, among other venues. Thur June 21 at 4:00 p.m., Black Dog

  • No Room for Squares

    This ensemble, which takes its name from a tremendous Hank Mobley recording, favors soulful hard bop of the early 60’s vintage. Recently expanding to quintet, they are comprised of Twin City jazz veterans Bill Stieger (drums), James Wallace (tenor saxophone) and Adam Tucker (bass), and new additions Dale Alexander (piano) and Omar AbdulKarim (trumpet). Thur June 21 at 5:30 p.m., Black Dog

  • Chris Lomheim Trio

    After thirty years on the Twin Cities jazz scene, pianist Lomheim is known for fronting consistently excellent groups, such as this trio with Jay Epstein (drums) and bassist Graydon Peterson. Lomheim’s compositions favor sensitive, lyrical interplay full of subtlety and impressionist passages. Likewise, Lomheim is a first-call accompanist for singers, and performs with numerous other groups including the Illicit Sextet. Thur June 21 at 7:00 p.m., Black Dog

  • Le Percheron

    Bassist Adam Linz has been at the forefront of the Twin Cities experimental jazz scene for over twenty years. In addition to being 1/3 of the improvisational power trio Fat Kid Wednesdays, Linz has served as a faculty member at MacPhail School of Music, Augsburg and Macalester. Le Percheron, with drummer Cory Healey, cornetist Noah Ophoven-Baldwin and vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg, is one of the scene’s most invigorating ensembles, as captured on their recently released eponymous debut record. Thur June 21 at 8:30 p.m., Black Dog

  • Mississippi

    This talented ensemble of Twin Cities’ post-bop veterans recently released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut. Comprised of Pete Whitman (saxophone), Jeff Bailey (bass), Kavyesh Kaviraj (piano), Kevin Washington (drums) and occasionally joined by Peruvian guitarist Andres Prado, their originals and well-chosen standards are a vehicle for challenging improvisations, and invigorating interplay. Thur June 21 at 10:00 p.m. & 11:30 p.m., Black Dog

  • La Dolce Vita

    This Twin City based quartet combines elements of traditional jazz with a funk backbeat while exploring the great American songbook in an upbeat and energetic fashion. The group includes Steven Nollet (tenor saxophone), Brian Amelang (piano), Ademola Adegun (electric bass) and Jody Sipe (drums). Thur June 21 at 8:00 p.m., Green Lantern

  • Nelson Devereaux Quartet

    The Milwaukee-born, Minneapolis-based saxophonist Devereaux is in high demand on several different music scenes. On the local jazz front, he has worked with Chris Bates’ Red 5, Jake Baldwin, and Courageous Endeavors as well as done numerous projects as a leader, including four recordings under his own name. He also tours regularly with Har Mar Superstar and Bon Iver. Thur June 21 at 7:30 p.m., Hygga Lowertown

  • McNasty Brass Band

    Comprised of some of the Twin Cities jazz scene’s most adventurous young horn and percussion players, this ten-piece ensemble brings the New Orleans’ brass band tradition into the 21st century. By injecting a healthy dollop of hip-hop and funk, their rollicking, hard-driving dance music leaves a street party in its wake. Thur June 21 at 7:00 p.m., Langford and Karls Chiropractic (Highland Park) mcnastybrassband.com

  • Erin Livingston

    Twin Cities-based vocalist Livingston’s performances feature her singing the music she loves, drawing equally from jazz standards, blues, R&B, gospel and funk. She will be joined by pianists Phil Aaron, Marc Ziegenhagen and Ted Godbout with Tom Lewis or Jim Chenoweth on bass. Thur June 21, Frid June 22 and Sat June 24 at 7:00 p.m., Lobby Bar in the Saint Paul Hotel

  • The Wolverines with Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson

    One of the jazz fest’s opening night traditions is vocalist Maud Hixson and the Wolverines trio presenting their stirring interpretations of the Great American songbook. For this evening’s romp through Tin Pan Alley, Hixson and company will be joined by the equally charismatic vocals of Arne Fogel. Thur June 21 at 8:30 p.m., Mancini’s Char House maudhixson.com

  • Steven Hobert & John Penny

    Whether exploring a groove-based jazz and world music fusion, combining flamenco and Indian music or blending jazz and Arabic classical music, local pianist/accordionist Steven Hobert is stylistically elusive, but always intriguing. This pairing with the equally versatile John Penny seems like a duo of kindred spirts, as the Twin Cities based guitarist is known for his commitment to musical and stylistic convergence and discovery. Thur June 21 at 5:30 p.m., Vieux Carre

  • Jon Weber

    Chosen by Marian McPartland as her successor for the long-running syndicated show Piano Jazz, Weber is as comfortable in a radio booth as he is at a piano bench. The pianist’s performances are equal parts musical tour-de-force and jazz history 101, running the gamut from stride to strident. Thur June 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat June 23 at 8:00 p.m., Vieux Carre jonwebermusic.com

  • Javier Santiago

    Pianist Javier Santiago has been drawing accolades for his talent since he was a teenager, and his growth and breadth as a musician have continued to expand since returning to the Twin Cities. Sanitago moved back after receiving further training and education in the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program and a degree from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Stylistically, Santiago’s music runs the gamut, from traditional jazz to hip-hop and R&B. Fri June 22 at 4:00 p.m., Hiway Federal Credit Union Mainstage in Mears Park

  • Joe Mayo Quartet

    Since relocating to the Twin Cites half a decade ago, saxophonist Joe Mayo has wasted little time establishing himself as one of the most versatile reed players on the local scene. Whether appearing with the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Skruffians, Adam Meckler, Really Big Shoe or heard fronting his own quartet, Mayo’s sound is robust, and his improvisational instincts are agile and always appropriate for the context. Fri June 22 at 5:00 p.m., Xcel Energy’s Jazz on 5th Street

  • Dave Brattain Quartet

    Saxophonist Dave Brattain has been a twenty-plus year veteran of the Twin Cities jazz scene, appearing in the reed sections of the Cedar Avenue Big Band or the JazzMN Orchestra, as well as being featured in smaller ensembles such as Central Standard Time or his own quartet. Brattain is a fiery, hard-blowing saxophonist who really excels when he is allowed to stretch out and unleash his musical ideas. Fri June 22 at 7:15 p.m., Xcel Energy’s Jazz on 5th Street

  • Jerome Treadwell Group

    Jerome Treadwell is a young Twin Cities-based saxophonist that has already presented his own ensemble at Jazz Central. Fri June 22 at 4:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Depot

  • Leila Z.

    Fri June 22 at 5:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Deport

  • Vimbo

    Fri June 22 at 6:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Depot

  • High School for the Recording Arts

    The High School for the Recordings Arts is a Saint Paul-based, public charter school that operates within and around a professional recording studio. In addition to core learning areas such as Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science, HSRA fosters a love of music and exposes its students to the music business. Fri June 22 at 7:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Deport hsra.org

  • Expression Tropical Band

    Fri June 22 at 9:00 p.m., Barrio

  • Silverback Trio

    A relative newcomer on the Twin Cities jazz scene, and having released their debut recording shortly after last year’s festival appearance, their music is a fusion of contemporary jazz with a rock sensibility. Comprised of keyboardist/saxophonist David Hirsch, drummer Byron Johnson-Blanchard and bassist Brent Wallace, the group’s approach favors deep harmonic exploration over a propulsive backbeat. Fri June 22 at 9:00 and 10:30 p.m., Biergarten Germania silverbacktrio.com

  • Adam Granger & Bob Douglas

    For the past forty years guitarist Adam Granger has been a fixture on the local bluegrass and folk scenes, releasing nearly twenty recordings in that time. Additionally, Granger was part of the original house band for Prairie Home Companion. Bob Douglas is one of the area’s most revered mandolin players, having been part of the folk scene back to the days when Dinky Town had one. Fri June 22 at 6:00 p.m., Big River Pizza

  • The Tune Jerks

    This trio is dedicated to old-timey fiddle and string music that would sound right at home on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music box set released by Folkways records in the early 1950s. Mandolinist Bob Douglas and fiddle player Tom Schaefer have been at the forefront of the Midwest’s folk scene for five decades Guitarist Adam Kiesling is the relative newcomer of the three, having played with Pert Near Sandstone and Corpse Reviver and several other traditional string bands. Fri June 22 at 8:30 p.m., Big River Pizza

  • Elevator Jazz

    Elevator Jazz is a quintet of High School students from around the Twin Cities, comprised of saxophonist Eli Zukor-Zimmerman, guitarist Jackson Wheeler, pianist Lasse Corson, bassist Jon Butler and drummer Carter Pearson. The quintet has recently begun performing together around town, and has already been featured at the Black Dog. Fri June 22 at 4:00 p.m., Black Dog

  • Julian Manzara Quartet

    Primarily focusing on the leader’s own adroit compositions, guitarist Manzara, bassist Drew Stinson, pianist Levi Schwartzberg and drummer Tarek Abdelqader have quickly created one of the most invigorating jazz-fusion groups on the Twin Cities scene. The quartet’s technical proficiency and improvisational acumen belies their relative youth. Fri June 22 at 5:30 p.m., Black Dog julianmanzara.com

  • Brian Handeland Quartet

    Brian Handeland is a Minneapolis-based saxophonist that can be heard in numerous bands around town, including the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, JazzMN Orchestra and Fuzzy Math. His quartet focuses on angular modern jazz, and is comprised of guitarist Park Evans, bassist Chris Bates and drummer Pete Hennig. Fri June 22 at 7:00 p.m., Black Dog brianhandelandmusic.com

  • How Birds Work

    For the past fifteen years, this quartet of Twin Cities stalwarts has gotten together periodically to continue to explore the musical possibilities of post-bop. In the days of the Artist’s Quarter, owner/drummer Kenny Horst booked this band frequently, and they recorded a well-received live recording at the venue. The rest of the group is made up of guitarist Dean Granros, pianist Peter Schimke and bassist Christ Bates. Fri June 22 at 8:30 p.m., Black Dog

  • Hoaxer

    The quartet Hoaxer is the summer and winter holiday project for some of the most promising jazz musicians hailing from the Twin Cities. When college is on break, pianist Will Kjeer, saxophonist Peter Goggin, drummer Edmund Catlin and bassist Charlie Lincoln reconvene and push each other’s musical growth to greater heights. Their debut recording, the energetic and riveting Crash Test was released last summer and focuses on the group’s own compositions. Fri June 22 at 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Black Dog

  • Dean Sorenson Sextet

    Trombonist/Composer/Educator Sorenson is a well-respected veteran of both the big band and orchestral variety having worked with the JazzMN Orchestras, Glenn Miller Orchestra and MN Orchestra. His sextet plays modern mainstream jazz with an emotional edge and exceptional chops, as displayed on the 2015 release Colors of the Soul. Fri June 22 at 8:00 p.m., Citzen

  • Lila Ammons

    As granddaughter of Albert and niece of Gene, vocalist Lila is part of the rich Ammons family jazz lineage. For over three decades, she has garnered a reputation as a warm and engaging singer, performing with the likes of Bruce Barth, Judy Carmichael and Houston Person. Fri June 22 at 7:00 p.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion lilaammonsmusic.com

  • St. Peter Street Stompers

    Under the leadership of saxophonist Chuck Devore, this six piece ensemble is heavily influenced by Dixieland and traditional Crescent City flavored jazz. The Stomper’s music is full of jubilant brass excursions, jaunty melodies and polyphonic mayhem. Fri June 22 at 2:00 p.m., Episcopal Home Stage

  • Kronick Quintet

    This quintet has been delivering their accessible fusion of bebop, swing and Latin grooves to Twin Cities jazz audiences for the past fifteen years. Lead by bassist Richard Kronick a veteran of numerous Minneapolis groups across a wide variety of genres, the band also features Dennis Landeen (tenor and alto saxophones), Irving Colacci (piano and organ), Scott Ives (guitar) and Tony Guscetti (drums). Fri June 22 at 6:00 p.m., Green Lantern kronickmusic.com

  • Tim Cheesebrow

    Singer/songwriter/guitarist Cheesebrow has developed a reputation as a formidable talent among the Midwest’s Roots and Americana scene. His three recordings as a leader have won him much respect as a songwriter, with lyrics that focus on topical but tough, heartfelt tales. Fri June 22 at 10:00 p.m., Green Lantern cheesebrownmusic.com

  • No Limits the B-Side Band

    Since forming eight years ago, bassist Duane (Prophet) Smith’s group has become one of the most popular R&B and Soul cover bands in the region. Known for their joyous live performances, their set-lists pull out all the stops to get the crowd moving and grooving. Fri June 22 at 8:00 p.m., Hat Trick Lounge nolimitsthebside.com

  • The Thomson Quartet

    This quartet is the primary musical outlet for the extraordinarily talented, yet underrated saxophonist/composer Chris Thomson. Thomson is a much sought after tenor player that has worked with the who’s who of the Twin Cities music scene, including Dave King, Mason Jennings, The New Standards and Anthony Cox, as well as with touring artists such as Ron Miles and Delfeayo Marsalis. To date, the quartet, which also features drummer Martin Dosh, bassist James Buckley and accordionist Patrick Harrison has released two recordings which focus on the leader’s compositions. Fri June 22 at 7:00 p.m., Hygga Lowertown

  • Solomon Parham

    Hailing from Detroit, trumpeter Parham hit the jazz scene with aplomb upon joining Source Code in addition to forming his own groups. A faculty member of Walker West Music Academy and Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Parham’s group plays with infectious lyricism and supple swing, drawing from the tradition of jazz and beyond. Fri June 22 at 9:30 p.m. and Sat June 23 at 10:00 p.m. Hygga Lowertown solomonparham.com

  • Hurst Family Experience

    The Hurst’s have been a musical family from the start, David & Rachel have been singing since they can remember, while Jackson & Kennadi began singing at a young age. Starting out in Peoria, Illinois in their church ministries and community choirs, they have been on stage with an array of artists from the legendary Luther Vandross to some of Gospel music’s greats such as Kim Burrell, the Cark Sisters, The Sounds of Blackness, Excelsior and James Grear to name a few. Fri June 22 and Sat June 23 at 7:00 p.m., Java Express

  • Stepping up, Stories of Jazz and Caregiving

    Fri June 22 at 4:30 p.m., TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage

  • Jana Nyberg 5

    Jana Nyberg is a vocalist, flautist and band director from Minneapolis. She appeared on Season 10 of American Idol, and has released four full-length albums to date. Known for her expressive and soulful approach, she effortlessly shifts between genres. The Jana Nyberg 5, which pushes small ensemble vocal jazz to the modern edge with exciting interpretations of standards and obscure gems alike, released their freshman effort Set On You in August. The Current named Nyberg one of “Ten Women to Know On The Twin Cities Jazz Scene” in 2018. Fri June 22 at 6:00 p.m., TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage jananyberg.com

  • Sarah M. Greer

    Praised by other musicians for her sense of time and ability to swing, jazz vocalist and composer Sarah M. Greer delights and entertains audiences with her warm, expressive vocals, inventive scat singing and refined use of improvisation. One of the busiest singers, educators and presenters in town, Greer will be presenting selections from her new solo album of original jazz songs, What the Music Says Do. Fri June 22 at 7:30 p.m., TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage sarahmgreer.com

  • Nancy Harms

    Having left the Twin Cities at the end of the last decade, vocalist Nancy Harms has spent the ensuing years becoming one of the most acclaimed and original voices on the international jazz scene. Her three recordings as a leader, which have received universal praise, and work with jazz heavyweights like Jeremy Siskind and Wycliffe Gordon have catapulted her reputation, as have her numerous tours around the world. Fri June 22 at 9:00 p.m., TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage nancyharms.com

  • Scat Off hosted by Maryann Sullivan featuring Mankwe Ndosi and more

    A friendly competition amongst several local singers, this challenging vocal technique comprised of improvised melodies, wordless vocals and instrument influenced embellishment will keep the participants on their toes. Fri June 22 at 10:30 p.m., TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage

  • Jeremy Walker

    Pianist/composer and Curator for the Jazz at the Atrium series Jeremy Walker, is a tireless composer and promoter of jazz. Having once run his own jazz club, Brilliant Corners, and written the ambitious piece 7 Psalms which utilized a quintet and 13-piece choir, Walker lacks neither imagination nor a sense of daring. His small group composing is marked full of quirky melodic lines and poignant lyricism. Fri June 22 at 5:30 p.m., Vieux Carre

  • Peter Schimke Trio

    Versatile veteran pianist/keyboardist Peter Schimke has been active on the Minnesota music scene for several decades. He has performed or toured with numerous rock, blues and jazz acts, including Jerry Bergonzi, Art Farmer, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Murphy and Victor Wooten. Schimke’s piano playing is equal parts hard swinging and quietly reflective, and always entertaining. Fri June 22 at 7:30 p.m., Vieux Carre

  • Graydon Peterson

    For years, Graydon Peterson has been a first-call bassist on the Twin Cities jazz scene, whether backing vocalists or appearing with numerous modern jazz groups, he has been a ubiquitous presence. More recently Peterson has stepped out as a leader and composer, fronting a compelling quartet and releasing a pair of recordings on Shifting Paradigm records. Fri June 22 at 9:00 p.m., Vieux Carre

  • Jazz Musketeers

    This trio is one of several projects involving saxophonist Lucia Sarmiento, who first began drawing notice for her demonstrative sound while a member of Eric Kamau Gravatt’s post-bop band Source Code. The Jazz Musketeers also includes bassist Ry Dill and guitarist Tomas Simpson, and mixes original compositions with arrangements of popular rock tunes. Fri June 22 at 9:00 p.m., World Of Beer

  • Walker West Music Academy

    Based in the Summit-University neighborhood for the past twenty years, the Walker West Academy is devoted to creating an inclusive community for music education, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, learn and grow through music. The Academy’s Ensembles have appeared annually at the jazz festival. Sat June 23 at 2:30 p.m., Hiway Federal Credit Union Mainstage in Mears Park walkerwest.org

  • Patty Peterson presents Jazz Women All-Stars

    From Minnesota’s First Family of Jazz, vocalist Patty Peterson first put together the Jazz Women All-Stars for the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival to celebrate the female singers and instrumentalists in town. The line-up has a fluid cast and has included Ginger Commodore on vocals, Mary Louise Knutson on piano, Joan Griffith on bass and guitar, Shelia Earley on drums and Kathy Jensen on saxophone. Sat June 23 at 4:00 p.m., Hiway Federal Credit Union Mainstage in Mears Park pattypeterson.com

  • Framework

    Coming up on their twentieth anniversary as an ensemble, Framework is an adventurous trio comprised of three of the Twin Cities’ most committed musical explorers. Drummer Jay Epstein, bassist Chris Bates and guitarist Chris Olson use their open compositions and improvisational wits to cover new ground each time out. The trio prefers an introspective approach that frequently finds the strings creating an exhilarating tension and release. Sat June 23 at 5:00 p.m., Xcel Energy’s Jazz on 5th Street

  • Mac Santiago Quintet

    Drummer, author and Executive Director of Jazz Central Studios, Santiago has been a fixture on the Twin Cities Music scene for over 30 years. With a fiery quintet comprised of trombonist Pete Enblom, pianist Joe Strachan, bassist Dave Martin, with Markus Hoeckner on congas this will be a hard-swinging affair. Sat June 23 at 7:15 p.m., Xcel Energy’s Jazz on 5th Street

  • The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Youth Stage

    Continuing in the tradition of presenting local youth groups, the Dakota Foundation showcases six promising ensembles from the Twin Cities. Dfje.org

  • Joe’s Jazz Camp-Directed by Joe Morrissey

    Sat June 23 at 1:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Depot

  • Lasse Corson Quartet

    Lead by Southwest High School student, pianist Lasse Corson. Corson is also a member of Elevator Jazz, a quintet that will be appearing at the Black Dog. Sat June 23 at 2:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Depot

  • Jazz Around MPLS

    Jazz Around Minneapolis (JAM) is a the culmination of a two-week summer jazz music camp for regional students entering grades 7-12. Students are able to gain experience playing in big band and combo settings, as well as learning about improvisation, style and technique. Sat June 23 at 3:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Depot mpsarts.org

  • Apple Valley HS R&B Band

    Sat June 23 at 4:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Depot

  • Experience Jazz

    Sat June 23 at 5:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Depot

  • Dakota Combo-Directed by Adam Linz

    This is an audition based group of the region’s top high-school jazz students that receive scholarship and performance opportunities throughout the year. Sat June 23 at 6:00 p.m., North Memorial Health Youth Stage at Union Depot

  • The Capri All Stars featuring Terry Cherner

    A subset of the Capri Big Band conducted by Faye Washington, this large workshop ensemble takes its name from the venue in which it rehearses, the recently renovated Capri Theatre in North Minneapolis. The ensemble draws from over twenty current members, and serves as a vital part of the community in which it serves. Sat June 23 at 2:45 p.m., Lofts at Farmers Market Stage on Wall Street thecapribigband.com

  • Connie Evingson Presents Beatles, Bossa and Blues

    Equally comfortable with the music from the pen of Jobim, Django or Lennon and McCartney, the versatile vocalist has sung everything but the phonebook throughout her career, including ten recordings as a leader. Evingson’s 2003 recording of the Beatles, Let it Be Jazz was one critically applauded. Sat June 23 at 4:00 p.m., Lofts at Farmers Market Stage on Wall Street connieevingson.com

  • Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows

    Singer/bassist Lynch’s band is a labor of love that came to fruition after an epiphany that lead to being smitten with early 20th century standards. She immediately put the group together as a vehicle to allow her to sing the songs that were the impetus, and her and the fellows deliver with an emotive, timeless quality. Sat June 23 at 9:00 p.m., Biergarten Germania katelynchmusic.com

  • Ahmed and the Creators

    The Creators are trumpeter Ahmed Abdulkarim’s vehicle for no-nonsense straight ahead jazz, which has resulted in well received gigs all over the Twin Cities since this group first came together. The rest of the Creators are Dale Alexander (piano), Matt McIntyre (bass) and Batume (drums). Sat June 23 at 4:00 p.m., Black Dog

  • Jake Baldwin Quintet

    Trumpeter Jake Baldwin is one of the most promising and sought after musicians in the area. Since returning to the Twin Cities in 2013 after completing a degree at the New England Conservatory, Baldwin has balanced his own creative ensembles with working with Har Mar Superstar, The McNasty Big Band, Pile Driver, Chris Bates’ Red 5, and Davu Seru’s No Territory Band. Sat June 23 at 5:30 p.m., Black Dog

  • Paul Harper Bardo Band

    Often associated with his work in the Illicit Sextet, saxophonist/flautist/composer Paul Harper has been an in-demand member of the Twin Cities Jazz Scene for several decades. The Bardo Band has a fluid lineup, but for this appearance will be comprised of pianist Phil Aaron, bassist Tom Lewis and drummer Nathan Norman. Sat June 23 at 7:00 p.m., Black Dog

  • JC Sanford Quartet

    Returning to the Twin Cities in 2016, trombonist/composer/arranger wasted little time immersing himself into the region’s most challenging ensembles. Blurring the line between jazz, improvisation and “new music,” Sanford is not worried about stylistic constraints. While on the East Coast, Sanford studied and worked with the likes of Trombone legend Bob Brookmeyer, as well as John McNeil, Matt Wilson and John Hollenbeck. In his quartet Sanford will be joined by guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer JT Bates. Sat June 23 at 8:30 p.m., Black Dog jcsandford.com

  • Steve Kenny’s Group 47

    Kenny is a linchpin of the Twin Cities jazz scene, whether curating jazz programming at The Black Dog, Jazz Central or Studio Z, or providing an outlet for younger musicians in his groups. An adventurous yet flexible Flumpet player, Kenny allows pianist Will Kjeer, tenor saxophonist Thomas Strommen, bassist Adam Tucker and drummer Alex Burgess ample space to demonstrate their budding virtuosity. Sat June 23 at 10:00 and 11:30 p.m., Black Dog (Lowertown) illicit-productions.com

  • Jon Pemberton Trio

    Pemberton is as respected for the chops he has brought to hundreds of gigs over the past three decades as he is for being equally adept on piano or trumpet. His most recent release is a spellbinding archival recording captured at the Artist Quarter. Sat June 23 at 8:00 p.m., Citzen jonpemberton.com

  • Orkestar Bez Ime

    Describing itself as Balkan Party music, this Twin Cities sextet was created with the aim of playing Eastern European gypsy roots music often associated with Albania and the Ukraine. The ensemble is made up of fiddler Colleen Bertsch, bassist Liz Draper, guitarist Scott Keever, reed player Katrina Mundinger, vocalist Natalie Nowystski, and accordionist Eric Ray. Sat June 23 at 2:00 p.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion rogaria.com

  • Café Accordion Orchestra

    For the past two decades Dan Newton’s Café Accordion Orchestra has proven to be one of the region’s premier gypsy-influenced Valse Musette ensembles. With elements of Latin and French waltz and jazz, this quartet rolls out the tangos, rumbas and cha chas like nobody’s business. With Newton on accordion and vocals, the rest of the group is made up of guitarist Robert Bell, bassist Erik Lillestol, mandolinist/violinist Erik Lillestol and percussionist Joe Steinger. Sat June 23 at 4:00 p.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion cafeaccordion.com

  • Denny Malmberg Trio

    After several decades of playing traditional jazz around the Minneapolis/Saint Paul with the likes of Maud Hixson, Charmin Michelle and The Mouldy Figs, Denny Malmberg’s accordion has been featured on many a bandstand. A retired band director at Minneapolis South High, Malmberg was able to release his quartet recording Struttin’ Out upon retirement. Sat June 23 at 7:30 p.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion

  • Sam Miltich and Friends

    Guitarist Miltich is equally comfortable carrying on the vibrant tradition of the gypsy string band with darting, deft lines, or offering more nuanced jazz guitar accompaniment to the area’s top singers. He will be joined by saxophonist Dave Karr, drummer Jay Epstein and bassist Chris Bates. Sat June 23 at 2:00 p.m., Episcopal Homes Stage sammiltichmusic.com

  • Lindsay Pedalty Quartet

    A relative newcomer on the Twin Cities jazz scene, Lindsay Pedalty has just begun to establish herself as one of the more promising vocalists of her generation. She sings and swings with an easy delivery, and is equally comfortable in a variety of contexts, whether singing blues, jazz, R&B or pop. Sat June 23 at 9:00 p.m., Green Lantern lindsaysings.com

  • Southside Aces

    For the past fifteen years, the Southside Aces have been bringing the sounds of the Big Easy to the Twin Cities. This traditional New Orleans Jazz sextet has released five albums and performed at numerous festivals, Mardi Gras celebrations, and parades in that time. The band is comprised of guitarist Robert Bell, drummer Dave Michael, trumpeter Zack Lozier, clarinetist Tony Balluff, trombonist Steve Sandberg, with Erik Jacobson on sousaphone. Sat June 23 at 9:30 p.m., Hat Trick Lounge southsideaces.com

  • Gypsy Mania Hot Club Quartet

    The Gypsy Mania Hot Club Quartet brings together four of the area’s most fluid and versatile improvisers to create infectious and fiery gypsy jazz steeped in the tradition first popularized by the quintet of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grapelli. Consisting of guitarist Glen Helgeson, violinist Gary Schulte, bassist Steve Pikal and drummer Jay Epstein, this quartet’s improvisational acumen takes the music in directions never imagined. Sat June 23 at 8:30 p.m., Hygga Lowertown gypsymaniahotclub.com

  • Debbie Duncan

    One of the most awarded and praised jazz vocalists in the Twin Cities, Debbie Duncan just released her remarkable album Full Circle recorded live at the Dakota. Duncan has been thrilling audiences over the world for several decades with her soulful, gospel and R&B inflected renditions of the great jazz canon. She’s a powerful singer and an engaging, natural entertainer. Sat June 23 at 5:30 p.m., TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage debbieduncan.net

  • Travis Anderson Trio

    Honoring the jazz tradition with its own interpretation of the classic piano trio format, Anderson (piano), Nathan Norman (drums) and Steve Pikal (bass) showcase their technical facility with brisk tempos and surprising re-harmonization choices, without sacrificing the sense of swing or joie de vivre. Sat June 23 at 7:00 p.m., TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage travisandersontrio.com

  • Pippi Ardennia Presents PipJazz Live & Songs For the Heart

    Vocalist and founder of the PipJazz Foundation for aspiring youth jazz musicians, Ardenia has become a pillar of the Twin Cities jazz community not just for her sultry and emotional vocal delivery, but also the top-notch musicians that have come through her foundation. Sat June 23 at 10:00 p.m., TPT Jazz Vocal Showcase Stage pippiardenia.com

  • Mary Louise Knutson

    Whether performing with her trio, the JazzMN Orchestra, or Doc Severinsen, Mary Louise Knutson’s highly nuanced, yet powerfully melodic music has distinguished her as one of the most respected pianists in town. For her appearance at Vieux Carre, Knutson will be making a rare solo piano performance. Sat June 23 at 6:00 p.m., Vieux Carre marylouiseknutson.com

  • Lowertown Trio

    The Lowertown trio is a vehicle for vocalist Emily Jane Davis, guitarist Joel Shapira and drummer Eron Woods to explore where the worlds of jazz and funk meet. The group draws it repertoire from not only the great American songbook, but also modern masterpieces by Alicia Keys and Bill Withers. Sat June 23 at 9:00 p.m., World Of Beer

Past Performances at Twin Cities Jazz Festival Include: