Local Artists

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  • Chris Bates' Red 5

    Four years ago, acclaimed bassist Chris Bates assembled one of the most heralded modern jazz ensembles in the region. Red 5 has recently expanded to six, with Brandon Wozniak and Chris Thomson (saxes), Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Thomas Nordlund (guitar) and JT Bates (drums). Thu June 23 at 10:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • JT Bates' Grain Trio

    City Pages’ 2016 Jazz Artist of the Year, drummer JT Bates is known for propelling Fat Kit Wednesdays and The Pines, and as curator of the Jazz Implosion series. His talents as bandleader pervade Grain, featuring Kevin Gastonguay (B-3 organ) and Zacc Harris (guitar). Sat June 25 at 7:00 p.m., Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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  • Black Market Brass

    Drawing from Afrobeat, 70s Afro-Funk, and Minneapolis funk, the nine-piece Black Market Brass melds complex polyrhythmic percussion, driving bass lines, dizzying guitar interplay, rolling keyboards, and room-commanding brass, perfect for “dancing in the street.” Sat June 25 at 7:00 p.m., Securian Stage at Kellogg Park

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  • Dave Brattain Trio

    Saxophonist and educator Dave Brattain is a 20+-year veteran of the Cedar Avenue Big Band and other ensembles, and co-leads dakabrooda. His cross-generation trio features Jazz Central director Mac Santiago on drums and 19-year-old Charlie Lincoln on bass. Thu June 23 at 4 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • BZ3 Organ Trio

    A popular keyboardist in the Twin Cities, Brian Ziemniak has toured with Candy Dulfer and FDeluxe. He now leads the smokin’ organ trio BZ3 with Troy Norton on guitar and Kevin Washington on drums. Sat June 25 at 8:30 p.m., Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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  • Katia Cardenas

    Katia Cardenas is a jazz and R&B vocalist from Sacramento, California, who enjoys singing a variety of musical styles, and has been called “the fastest rising star on the Twin Cities jazz scene” (Jazz Police, 2015). Raised in a musical family, Katia began performing at an early age, and has been performing locally for almost three years with her trio, and most recently with the nationally renowned show band, Casablanca Orchestra.

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  • Chris Lomheim Trio

    Known for his elegant touch and creative compositions, pianist Chris Lomheim performs with such bands as the Illicit Sextet and Dave Karr Quartet, as well as leading acclaimed trios. Jeff Brueske (bass) and Nathan Norman (drums) join him for two nights. Thu-Fri, June 23-24 at 7:00 p.m., Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel. The trio also plays an early set Sat, June 25 at 6 p.m. at Vieux Carré.

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  • Erik Christenson

    Touching on genres from jazz and blues to folk, rock and hip-hop, acoustic guitar specialist Erik Christenson plays with Chiefs of the North and a jazz/hip-hop/funk band, Headstack, in addition to his solo gigs. Thu June 23 at 9:00 p.m., Bulldog

  • Clearwater Hot Club

    One of the region’s premiere gypsy jazz ensembles, the Clearwater Hot Club was founded by dazzling guitarist Sam Miltich. For this festival gig, Sam swings with Gary Schulte (violin), Chris Bates (bass), and Jay Epstein (drums). Fri June 24 at 7:15 p.m., HealthPartners Sixth Street Stage at Mears

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  • Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education

    The annual DFJE Youth Showcase presents the future of jazz via five outstanding ensembles from the Twin Cities area and another from Iowa City (part of this year’s Iowa-Minnesota exchange). Sat June 25 from 11a.m. – 5 p.m., Custom House Stage at Union Depot

    Schedule:

    – 11:00 a.m., Joe’s Jazz Band (directed by Joe Morrissey)
    – 12:00 p.m., JAM (Jazz Around Minneapolis, directed by Cory Needleman)
    – 1:00 p.m., Roseville Area High School Combo (directed by Pat Moriarty)
    – 2:00 p.m., Apple Valley R&R Band
    – 3:00 p.m., Iowa Jazz Ambassadors (Iowa City youth ensemble)
    – 4:00 p.m., Dakota Combo (DFJE/MacPhail, directed by Adam Linz)

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  • Debbie Duncan Quartet

    “Minnesota’s First Lady of Song,” Detroit native Debbie mixes jazz, soul, R&B and blues with power, swing and sass. Debbie has opened for Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, and appears frequently at local clubs and theaters. Tue June 21 at 6:00 p.m., Hamline University (Anderson Center); Thu June 23 at 6:00 p.m., Lowertown Line Stage at TPT

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  • Dorothy Doring

    Dorothy Doring is a seasoned vocalist and entertainer with a unique musical style, a charismatic stage presence and a voice that exudes passion and experience.

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  • Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek

    Two artists with broad appeal, vocalist Lee Engele and guitarist Reynold Philipsek have a longstanding collaboration, including two duo albums. Also a working deejay, Lee swings through tunes with the greatest of ease; a prolific composer, Reynold has a special affinity for gypsy jazz. Sat June 25 at 6:30 p.m., Golden’s Deli.

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  • Equinox Jazz Group

    Led by former New Yorker, saxophonist Freddy Sklenar, the Eau Claire-based Equinox counts the GreatAmerican Songbook, postbop, cool jazz, and the 70s jazz scene among their influences, as well as blues and pop icons like the Beatles and Chicago. Sat June 25 at 8:00 p.m., Golden’s Deli

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  • Connie Evingson & the Vieux Carré Hot Club

    Covering jazz from Ella to Dave Frishberg to the Beatles, vocalist Connie Evingson is best known for her interpretations of gypsy jazz with local and national ensembles. Her new band includes Patrick Harison, Dean Harrington, Mike Cramer, Josh Granowski and special guest, Jone Weber. Tue June 21 at 8:00 p.m., Vieux Carré

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  • The Feel Good Revolution

    The Feel Good Revolution is a night of intentional happiness featuring singers, poets, comedians and musicians. Emerging artists from the Twin Cities perform short pieces of original art inspired by the theme, accompanied by a live band. Sat June 25 at 9:30 p.m., SW Craft Bar. (Support provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Soul Tools Entertainment and Jazz88 KBEM)

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  • Joann Funk Trio

    Singer/pianist JoAnn Funk and bassist/vocalist Jeff Brueske reign in their usual Jazz in the Lobby Bar setting along with talented drummer Nathan Norman. They’ll swing through JoAnn’s arrangements of Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Waylon Jennings and more. Thu-Sat June 23-25, 7:00 p.m., Lobby Bar in the Saint Paul Hotel

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  • Ted Godbout

    Ted Godbout is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in Music-Piano Performance from St. John’s University and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. A versatile and active musician, Ted performs frequently as a jazz pianist and classical accompanist, as well in funk, R&B, and rock bands.

  • Adam Granger

    A Minnesota Bluegrass Guitarist of the Year, charter member of the Powdermilk Biscuit Band (A Prairie Home Companion), and occasional sub host for Garrison Keillor, Adam Granger also performed with The Eclectic Brothers and co-hosted The Cedar Social. Fri June 24 at 6:00 p.m., Big River Pizza

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  • Gypsy Mania Hot Club Quartet

    In the French swing tradition of Django Reinhardt, Gypsy Mania boasts four of the area’s foremost hot club talents: guitarist and founder Glen Helgeson, guitarist Reynold Philipsek, violinist Gary Schulte and acoustic bassist Matt Senjem. Fri June 24 at 6:00 p.m., Heartland Restaurant

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  • Hamline University Jazz Combo

    Directed by noted guitarist Zacc Harris, the Jazz Combo of Hamline University (St. Paul) is selected each year from the larger Hamline University Jazz Ensemble (directed by veteran saxophonist Greg Keel). Tue June 21 at 4:30 p.m., Hamline University (Anderson Center)

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  • Todd Harper's Open Air Trio

    TODD HARPER’S OPEN AIR TRIO
    Host of Piano Fridays, a weekly rotation of ensembles at the Black Dog, Todd Harper leads this piano/drum/ bass trio, with Todd Yanes on bass and Eric Coursen on drums. They’ll focus on Harper’s ever growing collection of songs, “the Surreal book.” Fri June 24 at 6:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • David Hazeltine/Eric Alexander Duo, Quartet

    Pianist David Hazeltine is noted for adventurous arrangements and melodic original compositions; frequent cohort, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is one of the leading voices of his generation and a prolific recording artist. Long-time favorites at the Artists Quarter, these New York-based artists and old friends Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst provide a very special Jazz Fest warm up in a very special listening room. Mon June 20 (duo), Tue June 21(quartet) at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge Hazeltine also appears in duo with Billy Peterson on Wed June 22, 7 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Dunsmore Room. (Ticketed events, reservations recommended at www.croonersloungemn.com)

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  • Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band

    Drummer/composer Cory Healey (Le Percheron, Jon Pemberton Trio) leads this powerhouse band with Brandon Wozniak (sax), Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Zacc Harris (guitar), and Erik Fratzke (electric bass). They recently released their acclaimed debut album, Beautiful Sunshine. It is! Thu June 23 at 8:30 p.m., Bedlam Lowertown

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  • Moon Grass

    A new, motley assortment of musicians, Moon Grass offers a pungent blend of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and Chet Atkins. With Dan Rosen (guitar), Peter Whiteman (bass), Nick Spielman (baritone guitar) and Connor Holmstrom (mandolin). Fri June 24 at 6:00 p.m., Rhythm in Rice.

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  • Sarah M. Greer

    Sarah M. Greer is a Minneapolis-based jazz and improv singer known for her song inventions, scat singing and improvising. An accomplished and versatile vocalist, she currently performs with jazz quartet BLU-7 and a cappella ensemble the Give Get Sistet.

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  • Jennifer Grimm

    Star vocalist Jennifer Grimm has appeared with Garrison Keillor, Debbie Duncan, Gene Adams, Power of 10, and mom, singer Colleen Raye, and on stage at Carnegie Hall, Ordway, the Fitzgerald, Dakota, Crooners and more. Fri June 24 at 9 & 10:30 p.m., SW Craft Bar.

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  • Groove Merchants

    Their name says it all! Hear Scotty Graves (guitar, music director), Tim Wick (keyboards), Ben Irvin (drums), Steve Anderson (bass), | Don Vidal and Andrew Schwandt (tenor sax), Randy “Big Slide” Evensen (trombone), and 2014 Minnesota Blues Performer of the Year, Jimi “Primetime” Smith (vocals and guitar). Thu June 23 at 7:00 p.m., Langford-Karls Stage.

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  • Zacc Harris Trio

    Zacc Harris is known as much for the concert series he curates at Studio Z as for his jazz guitar chops. His trio with Matt Peterson and Pete Hennig has maintained a weekly gig for nearly ten years at the Riverview Wine Bar, while Zacc leads such bands as the Atlantis Quartet. Fri June 24 at 9:00 p.m., Public Kitchen & Bar.

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  • Hoaxer

    Hoaxer features talented college students who already have hefty resumés of performances around the Metro — saxophonist Peter Goggin (U of Michigan), pianist Will Kjeer (Cal Arts), bassist Charlie Lincoln (Berklee College of Music) and drummer Edmund Catlin (McGill U). Sat June 25 at 4:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

  • Hornucopia (Power of 10)

    Hornucopia is the title of a series of special tribute shows honoring horn sections of the rock era, brought to the stage by the talented ensemble Power of 10. Here they salute the great music of Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire. Fri June 24 at 6:30 p.m., Kellogg Park Stage

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  • Jack Brass Band

    Minnesota’s own New Orleans brass band has performed at NOLA’s French Quarter Festival and at other festivals around the globe, and opened for Dr. John at the 2015 Jazz Fest. Great music and great fun. Fri June 24 at 5:00 p.m., HealthPartners Sixth Street Stage at Mears

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  • Jazz Atavist

    From Bemidji, MN, this quartet includes pianist/music director Eric Gustafson, guitarist Daniel Nelson, bassist Dahni Scally, and percussionist Fred Kiesel. The band is known for their recreations of classic jazz performances of renowned artists, from Fats Waller to Miles Davis. Fri June 24 at 8:30 p.m., Vieux Carré

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  • Jazz Central All-Stars

    Under the leadership of Mac Santiago, the nonprofit Jazz Central Studios is an incubator for new and veteran talents exploring new music. The All-Stars at 10 p.m.: Joe Mayo, Pete Enblom, Jake Baldwin, Ted Goudbout, Greg Byers and Mac Santiago; at 11:30 p.m.: Geoff West Senn, Bob Parsons, Dave Brattain, Joe Strachan, Matt Peterson and Pete James Johnson. Sat June 25 at 10:00 and 11:30 p.m, Bedlam Lowertown

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  • Jazz Musketeers

    The Jazz Musketeers are a trio consisting of saxophonist Lucia Sarmiento (Eric Gravatt’s Source Code, Lucia Sarmiento Quintet), guitarist Tomas Simpson (Eclectic Yes, Tempestad), and bassist Ry Dill (R Factor, Honey Dogs), who perform jazz standards and original arrangements of pop tunes monthly at the Public Kitchen and Bar. Thu June 23 at 9:00 p.m., Public Kitchen & Bar

  • Jazzoneando

    Jazzoneando is a Latin trio presenting original contemporary arrangements of Cuban son, Brazilian bossa nova, and American jazz and swing music, plus original compositions. Alberto “Yamil” Vázquez (piano), Aarón Romo (bass), and Kimani Carrazana (percussion) also sing and play multiple instruments. Fri June 24 at 5:00 p.m., Sixth Street Stage

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  • Jazz Women All Stars Hosted by Patty Peterson

    An all-star herself, vocalist Patty Peterson has assembled a band of area talents, including pianist Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Joan Griffith, drummer Sheila Earley and more, for this inaugural ensemble honoring Minnesota’s fabulous jazz women! Fri June 24 at 4:00 p.m., AARP Mears Park Stage.

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  • Ameet Kamath

    Singer/songwriter Ameet Kamath grew up in Mumbai, India. He sang in New York nightclubs in the 90s, crafted his music in San Francisco, and is now based in Minneapolis. Thu June 23 at 8:00 p.m., Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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  • Dave Karr Quartet

    At 85, multi-reed master Dave Karr continue to gig around town with the chops and energy of jazzers half his age, appearing regularly with the JazzMN Orchestra, Connie Evingson, and his own quartet, featuring Chris Lomheim, Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey. Fri June 24 at 4:00 p.m., Custom House Stage at Union Depot

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  • Steve Kenny Quintet

    Trumpeter, composer, bandleader and jazz curator, Steve Kenny closes the Black Dog stage with young guns–Nelson Devereaux (sax), Levi Schwartzberg (vibes), Ted Olsen (bass) and Rodney Ruckus (drums). Sat June 25 at 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m,, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • Sonny Knight and the Lakers

    Best New Minnesota Musicians of 2014 (City Pages) as well as Best Live Act of 2014 (Star Tribune), Sonny Knight and the Lakers recall the heyday of Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin with their “high-energy, funk-blasting” shows. Soul for your soul! Fri June 24 at 8:00 p.m., Kellogg Park Stage

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  • Koplant No

    The Iowa-Minnesota Festival Exchange brings back Iowa-based Koplant No, fusing intricate compositions and improvisation with electronica, progressive rock and hip-hop. The band includes Joel Vanderheyden (sax), Brian Lewis Smith (keys, trumpet), Drew Morten (bass, synth) and Rob Baner (percussion and vibes). Sat June 25 at 5:30 p.m., Custom House Stage at Union Depot

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  • Le Percheron

    Led by esteemed bassist Adam Linz (Fat Kid Wednesdays), Le Percheron is a free-wheeling band of quick-witted improvisers, including veteran Linz and young upstarts Noah Ophoven-Baldwin (trumpet), Levi Schwartzberg (vibes) and Cory Healey (drums). Fri June 24 at 8:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

  • LP Music

    LP Music features the funk and jazz roots of Grammy-winning saxophonist Eric Leeds and multi-instrumentalist (St.) Paul Peterson. With no preconceived melodies or songs, LP explores with just a groove and a key, recently pleasing crowds at the Icehouse and Dakota. Fri June 24 at 7:00 p.m., Custom House Stage at Union Depot

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  • Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows

    Devotees of the songs of the 30s and 40s, singing bassist Kate’s “excellent fellows” include Chris Beaty (guitar), Ken Chastain (drums), Greg Lewis (trumpet) and Michael Nelson (trombone). They’re joyfully heard at the Dakota, Vieux Carré and Crooners Lounge. Fri June 24 at 6:00 p.m., Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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  • Brian Mackey

    Jazz Fest Director Steve Heckler heard this dazzling guitarist at the Concrete and Grass Festival and had to book him for 2016! He’s not likely on your radar — but he will be after you hear one set! Sat June 25 at 6:00 p.m., Big River Pizza

  • Dean Magraw & Steven Hobert

    Of creative Twin Cities musicians, guitarist Dean Magraw and pianist Steven Hobert rank among the elite. Since the two eclectic performers/composers joined forces about a year ago, they’ve delighted audiences with their predictably unpredictable brand of musical fun. Thu June 23 at 10:00 p.m., Golden’s Deli

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  • Larry McDonough Quartet

    Pianist and attorney Larry McDonough brings a spirited equilibrium to his far-ranging compositions and off-beat arrangements. His long-standing quartet (Richard Terrill, Greg Stinson, Dean White) as recently paid homage to Chet Baker and Bill Evans/Tony Bennett. Fri June 24 at 7:00 p.m., SW Craft Bar

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  • McNasty Brass Band

    Founded by students at McNally Smith College of Music, McNasty Brass has developed into a “reckless, 10-piece megazord of horns and drums” with an infectious organic sound that draws from New Orleans, jazz, funk and hip-hop. Fri June 24 at 9:30 p.m., Amsterdam Bar & Hall.

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  • Adam Meckler Orchestra

    Led by innovative trumpeter/composer Adam Meckler (X-Tet, Jack Brass), the AMO consists of 18 buzz-worthy musicians, most of whom are well under 40, ensuring a new generation of creative big bands. Meckler’s writing and arranging suggests Maria Schneider or Bob Brookmeyer. Sat June 25, 4:00 p.m., AARP Mears Park Stage

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  • Francisco Mela

    Jazz Fest Artistic Director and one of the most acclaimed drummers in the world today, Cuba native Francisco Mela joins New York pianist and Jazz Fest Jam leader Jon Weber for some trio and quartet magic as well as the nightly jams at Vieux Carré. Thu, June 23 at 8:30 p.m., Vieux Carré; Sat June 25 at 7:15 p.m., Health Partners 6th Street Stage.
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  • Mississippi

    A Twin Cities powerhouse quartet, Mississippi features saxophonist Pete Whitman, pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Jeff Bailey, and drummer Kevin Washington. Their music covers Coltrane and original works, all with a post-bop sense of invention and soaring collaborative improvisation. Fri June 24 at 10:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • New Sound Underground

    The Minneapolis-based New Sound Underground creates riveting, genre-defying music melding influences of hip-hop, reggae, jazz, salsa, funk, R&B and gospel. Their signature sound earned them Best Jam Band of 2015 (City Pages) and a spot in the 2016 SXSW. Fri June 24 at 5:30 p.m., Custom House Stage at Union Depot

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  • No Limits - The B Side Band

    Led by bassist Duane (Prophet) Smith, this Twin Cities-based cover band provides music that “excites and enlightens the soul,” songs that are seldom played and can never be forgotten, from Steve Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt and more. Thu June 23 at 8:00 p.m., Hat Trick Lounge.

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  • Nooky Jones

    Influenced by D’Angelo, Robert Glasper, and Stevie Wonder, popular neo-soul band Nooky Jones sports six of the area’s brightest –and busiest–young musicians: Cameron Kinghorn, Adam Meckler, Ryan Christianson, Kevin Gastonguay, Andrew Foreman and Reid Kennedy. Fri June 24 at 7:30 p.m., Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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  • Mary Louise Knutson

    A modern mainstream artist who honors melody without being confined by it, Lawrence Conservatory graduate Mary Louise Knutson cut her performance teeth with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie and Smoky Robinson. These days she performs with the JazzMN Orchestra and her own trio, and tours with Doc Severinsen. Thu June 23 at 6:15 p.m., Vieux Carré

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  • No Room for Squares

    Back after a hard swinging set last year, this bop quintet features a crew of popular Twin Cities veterans — Jon Pemberton (trumpet), Jimmie Wallace (tenor sax), Mikkel Romstad (piano), Adam Tucker (bass) and Bill Stieger (drums). Sat June 25 at 5:30 p.m., Amsterdam Bar & Hall

  • Jana Nyberg

    Jana Nyberg-Known for her unique blend of jazz and pop music, Jana is a sought after performer and recording artist. On stage, she brings a vibrancy and passion that is infectious and ignites her audiences.

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  • Solomon Parham Group / Smooth and Groove Jam Sessions

    Detroit-born trumpeter and jazz educator, Solomon Parham leads a powerhouse ensemble of prodigious McNally-Smith students, followed by an open “groove” jam session each night. He’ll bring a Trio to Jazz at the Library on the 20th. Mon June 20 at 6:30 p.m., Rondo Library; Thu-Fri, June 23-24 at 10:00 p.m., Bedlam Lowertown

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  • Jon Pemberton Quartet

    Veteran Jon Pemberton spreads his talents across piano and trumpet, playing both with this quartet. His stellar sidemen include Brad Holden (alto sax), Matt Peterson (bass) and Jay Epstein (drums). Originals, standards, and bebop classics with a modern edge. Thu June 23 at 7:00 p.m., SW Craft Bar

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  • John Penny Trio

    Guitarist John Penny unites jazz with the spirit of folk cultures from around the world. With bassist Charlie Riddle and drummer Davu Seru, the trio moves through musical textures ranging from meditative to upbeat and rhythmically agile, leaving listeners with a memorable experience. Sat June 25 at 7:00 p.m., SW Craft Bar

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  • Billy Peterson

    One of Minnesota’s “First Family of Music,” bassist Billy Peterson is heard in Europe as often as in the U.S. He recorded an album recently with pianist David Hazeltine, and the duo will celebrate the music as part of Hazeltine’s three-night residency in the Dunsmore Room. Wed June 22 at 7:00 p.m., Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge (Ticketed; reservations recommended.)

  • Graydon Peterson Quartet

    The versatile bassist and pals “stretch what we know as ‘modern jazz’ to its limit.” With Adam Meckler (trumpet), Joe Strachan (piano), and Adrian Suarez (drums), Graydon also features special guest, percussionist Andrew Gillespie. Sat June 25 at 8:30 p.m., Bedlam Lowertown

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  • Jason Peterson DeLaire

    Jason Peterson DeLaire is a member of the Musical Peterson Family of Minneapolis. Jason is a talented Saxophonist/Pianist/Vocalist and it currently touring as a member of Michael Bolton’s Band.

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  • Pho

    Pho is a Twin Cities funk band creating a new Minneapolis sound utilizing modern taste and classic influences to break musical boundaries. Since their 2015 debut release CASH IT, the band has caught the ear of everyone, including Prince. Fri June 24 at 5:00 p.m., Securian Stage at Kellogg Park

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  • Piledriver

    Three of the busiest young jazzers on the scene form this hard-driving trio: trumpeter Jake Baldwin (McNasty Brass, Hustle Rose, Jake Baldwin Quartet), bassist Ted Olsen (How Birds Work, Ted Olsen Trio), and drummer Matt Buckner (Chris Bates, Ariel Pocock, Matt Buckner Quartet). Sat June 25 at 6:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • Pipjazz Foundation Youth Showcase

    For the past five years, PipJazz Foundation founder/vocalist Pippi Ardennia has presented dozens of talented youth musicians on stages with area pros; many have already launched stellar music careers. Hear some of Pippi’s current young protegés–the stars of tomorrow. Fri June 24 at 5:30 p.m., Bedlam Lowertown

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  • Really Big Shoe

    Led by saxophonists Joe Mayo and Clay Pufahl, Really Big Shoe debuted in winter 2016 with an exciting repertoire of mostly original music, anchored by the stellar rhythm team of Ted Olsen (bass) and Joey Van Phillips (drums). Fri June 24 at 4:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • RUCKUS

    Headed by dynamic drummer Rodney Ruckus, this is a band on fire–Adam Meckler (trumpet), Clay Lyons (sax), Ernest Bisong (viola), Javi Santiago (piano), and Jax Ravel (bass). Special guests include drummer Arthur “LA” Buckner and vocalists Haylee Dee, Caitlyn Daniels, and Alexis Krystine. Fri June 24 at 6:00 p.m., AARP Mears Park Stage

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  • Javi Santiago Trio

    Just 14 when he first played at Jazz Fest, pianist Javi is an alum of the Brubeck Institute and New School. Back in the Twin Cities, he keeps busy with his trio (Dan Carpel on bass, Miguel Hurtado on drums), as well with countless ensembles. Sat June 25 at 10:00 p.m., Golden’s Deli

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  • Lucia Sarmiento Group

    The Lucia Sarmiento Group draws on the talents of McNally Smith College of Music students, led by Lima, Peru native, saxophonist Lucia Sarmiento. Currently Lucia holds the sax chair in Eric Gravatt’s Source Code, so you know her talents are stellar! Sat June 25 at 8:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • Will Schmid/Adam Astrup Guitar Duo

    Two prodigious teen guitarists pair up for a reprise of their lauded Winter Jazz Fest set. Will is now heading to Case Western Reserve University, Adam has another year of high school! You won’t believe your ears. Fri June 24 at 8:30 p.m., Golden’s Deli

  • St. Paul School of Rock

    School of Rock is the nation’s premier performance program for youth, with over 170 schools worldwide. Students at the St. Paul school have performed at internationally recognized venues and festivals including Sommerfest, Lollapalooza, and Gathering Of The Vibes. Sat June 25 at 3:30 p.m., Securian Stage at Kellogg Park

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  • Davu Seru and the No Territory Band

    Inventive percussionist and a frequent cohort of such artists as Dean Magraw and Anthony Cox, Davu Seru leads this relatively new ensemble committed to original music, featuring Jake Baldwin (trumpet) and Ryan Christianson (trombone). Thu June 23 at 10:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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  • Joel Shapira

    Veteran guitarist Joel Shapira leads his trio and quartet as well as Bottomless Pit and The Growlers; and performs regularly with Vic Volare and Charmin and Shapira (and Friends). But he’s frequently on the bandstand alone as a sublime soloist. Thu June 23 at 6:00 p.m., Big River Pizza

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  • Singers Scat-Off

    An alternative to the “Singer Showcase,” Maryann Sullivan and Katia Cardenas host a mini-competition among a handful of the area’s top scatting vocalists. Who will be the last singer standing? A fun way to enjoy some top jazz talents, featuring Katia Cardenas, Sarah M. Greer, Dorothy Doring, Jana Nyberg and Jason Peterson DeLaire. Thu June 23 at 7:30 p.m., Golden’s Deli

  • Irie Sol

    A diverse band hailing from Jamaica; Chicago, Rio, Rhode Island, the Twin Cities and Wisconsin, Irie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican chat/DJing and soaring, soulful melodies backed by blazing bebop horns, wailing guitar, and tight drum and bass. Fri June 24 at 7:30 p.m., Rhythm in Rice.

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  • Soul Beautiful/Alma Andina

    The indie neo-soul ensemble Soul Beautiful combines music and dance in songs that reflect peace, intention, positive vibrations, presence, victory over the struggles of everyday life and balance. Alma Andina, or Soul of the Andes, performs Andean and Latin American music. Chilean musicians Vladimir Garrido Nicolas Munoz and Matthew Levin are joined by two Americans with Chilean leanings, Emily Savage and Matt Kitchin. Fri-Sat, June 24-25 at 8:00 p.m., Hat Trick Lounge.

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  • Southside Aces

    Described as “a true authentic New Orleans dance hall-style band” (New Orleans Traditional Jazz Quarterly), the Southside Aces formed a decade ago and have performed throughout the metro and beyond. Sat June 11 at 2:00 p.m., George Latimer Central Library; Sat June 25 at 2:00 p.m., Episcopal Homes Stage

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  • Drew Stinson

    One the “Young Lions” on the local jazz scene, bassist Drew Stinson performs with other up-and-comers in Sound Skirmish, the Levi Schwartzberg Project, Eclectic Yes, and JAWS. He’s currently studying at McNally Smith College of Music, which is sponsoring Drew’s festival set. Sat June 25 at 3:00 p.m., HealthPartners Sixth Street Stage at Mears

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  • Stone Arch Jazz Band

    The Stone Arch Jazz Band first performed at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair, honoring the roots of jazz under the leadership of clarinetist Richard Lund, and featuring seven of the area’s traditional jazz specialists. Fri June 24 at 7:00 p.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion

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  • St. Peter Street Stompers

    Performing traditional New Orleans jazz, the six-piece St. Peter Street Stompers, led by saxophonist/vocalist Chuck DeVore, bring Crescent City magic to venues and events in the Twin Cities and Midwest. Sat June 25 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Heartland Restaurant

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  • Maryann Sullivan

    Maryann works as a Voice-Over talent and singer in the Twin Cities. She has her own group called Corner Jazz, sings with Doug Haining and the TC7 and also co-leads a band called Retro Swing Sister. In a previous life she was a jazz radio broadcaster.

  • Butch Thompson

    Butch Thompson is a popular Grammy-winning master of ragtime, stride and trad piano, an alum of the Hall Brothers Jazz Band, leader of his New Orleans Jazz Originals band, and host of Jazz Originals on KBEM. He joins Jon Weber for Stride Piano Night. Sat June 25 at 8:30 p.m., Vieux Carré

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  • Toni Wolff's Dream Wedding

    This ensemble presents what City Pages describes as “jazz with a hint of punk.” Add to that, the band was named for a lover of Carl Jung and their CD was recorded in a bike shop. You have to anticipate fun and music here. Thu June 23 at 7:00 p.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion

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  • Tres Mundos

    This trio of international talent features pianist/vocalist Viviana Pintado (Cuba), percussionist Eliezer Freites-Santos (Brazil), and saxophonist/flutist Doug Little (Minnesota). The group’s repertoire spans the musical spectrum of the Americas, including Cuban son, rumba, cha-cha-cha, choros, samba, and jazz. Tues June 7 at 6:30 pm, St. Anthony Park Library.

  • Twin Cities Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble

    A new program offered through McNally Smith College of Music, the ensemble serves students in grades 9-12, selected through audition, and directed by vocalist/educator Jennifer Parker. Student in the program develop skills in improvisation and vocal technique. Sat June 25 at 5:15 p.m., the Bedlam Lowertown.

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  • Andrew Walesch Quartet

    Building fans at every performance, vocalist/pianist Andrew Walesch is a young breath of fresh air on the local jazz scene, particularly garnering accolades for his tribute to Frank Sinatra with his ten-piece band. For Jazz Fest, he’s scaled it down to a quartet. Fri June 24 at 2:00 p.m., Episcopal Homes Stage

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  • Walker West Music Academy Jazz Ensembles

    An historic community music school, Walker West supports youth jazz ensembles through weekly rehearsals and opportunities for performance at community and corporate events, as well as their annual appearance on the Mears Park stage at Jazz Fest. Ensembles this year are directed by Felix James and Tom Wells. Sat June 25 at 2:00 p.m., AARP Mears Park Stage.

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  • Donald Washington Group

    Appearing monthly at the Black Dog, veteran saxophonist Donald Washington
    performed and taught in Detroit where his prize pupil was James Carter. Now a retired Minneapolis Schools teacher, Donald’s sax stays sharp with trumpeter Ryan Nyther, bassist Yohannes Tona, and son, drummer Kevin Washington. Thu June 23 at 8:00 p.m., Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

  • Kevin Washington Quintet

    Son of flautist Faye and saxophonist Donald Washington, Kevin has performed with Moveable Feast, Doug Little, Nachito Herrera, Andres Prado and Pete Whitman, including the acclaimed band, Mississippi, as well as leading his fiery quintet. Sat June 25 at 10:00 p.m., Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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  • Jon Weber

    Inventive, encyclopedic sage of the keyboards, Jon Weber is a perennial festival favorite and host of the weekend Jazz Fest Jams. He also performs with Artistic Director Francisco Mela on Thursday and Saturday, and joins Butch Thompson for Stride Night on Saturday. Thu June 23 at 8:30 p.m., Vieux Carré; Sat June 25 at 7:15 p.m., Health Partners 6th Street Stage; 8:30 p.m., Vieux Carré; Jazz Fest Jams Thu, Fri and Sat at 10:00 p.m., Vieux Carré

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  • Pete Whitman X-Tet with Lucia Newell

    Long a monthly booking at the Artists Quarter, the Pete Whitman X-Tet is a Who’s Who in local jazz. Founded 15 years ago by Whitman and Laura Caviani, this creative “little big band” will feature inventive vocalist Lucia Newell. Sat June 25 at 7:00 p.m., Custom House Stage at Union Depot

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  • The Wolverines Featuring Maud Hixson

    Vocalist Maud Hixson’s stunning delivery and cabaret charms woo fans in the Twin Cities, New York and London. With the swinging Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal and Jendeen Forberg), she’s an annual draw on Jazz Fest’s opening night. Thu June 23 at 8:30 p.m., Mancini’s Char House

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  • Women of Jazz, Hosted by Pippi Ardennia

    Each spring, vocalist Pippi Ardennia leads a concert with an ensemble of veteran and student jazz women. The “Women of Jazz” give a special performance at JazzFest, featuring a cross-generational band celebrating “women of jazz,” present and future! Fri June 24 at 7:00 p.m., Bedlam Lowertown

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  • Cory Wong

    A versatile guitarist who leads his own ensembles (Foreign Motion, Peña, Cory Wong Trio) and often plays with Patty Peterson, Keri Noble and Yohannes Tona, Cory also serves as music director and producer for artists world-wide. Sat June 25 at 9:30 p.m., SW Craft Bar

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Past Performances at Twin Cities Jazz Festival Include:

  • Abebi Stafford
  • Joey Alexander
  • Alicia Renee
  • Barbara Morrison
  • Ben Sidran
  • Benny Golson
  • Bernard Purdie
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Big Walter Smith
  • Bill Evans
  • Bobby Sanabria
  • Bobby Watson
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Butch Thompson
  • Charmaine Neville
  • Chick Corea
  • Chris Potter
  • Chuchito Valdes
  • Clark Terry
  • Cloud makers Trio
  • Connie Evingson
  • Cyrus Chestnut
  • Danielo Perez
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Dave Holland
  • David “Fathead” Newman
  • Debbie Duncan
  • Deodato
  • Dewey Redman
  • Dianne Reeves
  • Dr. John and the Nite Trippers
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra
  • Eric Alexander
  • Eric Gravatt
  • Esperanza Spaulding
  • Francisco Mela
  • Frank Morgan
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Gary Burton
  • Geoff Keezer
  • Gordon Johnson
  • Grace Kelly
  • Heatin’ System
  • Henry Johnson’s
  • Hiromi
  • Howard Levy
  • Ira Sullivan
  • Jack McDuff
  • Jazz Central All Stars
  • Jerry Gonzales
  • Jimmy McGriff
  • Joe Krown
  • Joe Lovano & US 5
  • Joey DeFrancesco
  • John Ellis & Double Wide
  • John Scofield
  • Kenny Garrett
  • Kenny Werner
  • Kristin Korb
  • Laura Caviani
  • Lew Tabackin
  • Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet
  • Ellis Marsalis Quartet
  • Russell Malone
  • Matt Slocum
  • Melissa Aldana
  • Melvin Rhyne
  • Monty Alexander
  • Moore by Four
  • Mose Allison
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Norman Simmons
  • Organ Express
  • Patty Peterson
  • Percy Strother
  • John Pizzarelli Quartet
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • Red Holloway
  • Return to Forever
  • Sean Jones
  • Sonny Knight & the Lakers
  • Spyro Gyra
  • Butch Thompson
  • Tiger Okoshi
  • Von Freeman
  • Walter Smith III
  • Walter Wolfman Washington
  • YellowJackets