2017 Winter Jazz Festival


The 2017 Winter Jazz Festival is presented by Hiway Federal Credit Union
Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29

**Tickets for tonight, SATURDAY, are SOLD OUT**  But we still have tickets for Sunday.

“We have an incredible live music scene in Saint Paul,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “I’m looking forward to welcoming Nicholas Payton back to Minnesota and to another year where the city comes alive with jazz, and all the excitement and vibrancy that comes with it.”



The 2017 Winter Jazz Festival kicks off on Saturday January 28th at 5:00 pm with a gathering at The Street Space at tpt. Then, at 6:00 pm, film archivist Bob DeFlores partners with the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project to present selections from unique and rare historic jazz films, including The Sound of Jazz (1957) and Theater for A Story (1959).  Jazz radio legend Leigh Kamman, who passed away in 2014 after 30+ years of broadcasting jazz on Minnesota Public Radio, worked with DeFlores on many projects.  At 7:30 pm  the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project will show the evolution of “The Jazz Image” with never heard before interviews, chronologically presented from his days in New York (Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum), KSTP (Woody Herman), KQRS (Henry “Red” Allen at the Monterey Jazz Festival) and an independent trip he took in 1974 to Paris featuring priceless segments with stride piano legend Joe Turner from a jazz club near the Arc de Triomphe.  Space is limited so get your tickets early!

The festival continues throughout Saint Paul as Jon Weber takes the stage at Vieux Carré at 9:00pm, the Rodney Ruckus Group performs at the Black Dog Café  at 8:30pm, Jazz Alley performs at Golden’s at 8:30pm and other performances. (Check back for updates).  Free with a Festival wristband.

On Sunday January 29th, the Festival continues with performances on four stages at The Saint Paul Hotel from 1:30 to 9:00 pm, headlined by Nicholas Payton, the Sam Rosenstone Trio presented by the Schubert Club, Patty Peterson and Jon Weber. Across the street in Rice Park, The Saint Paul Winter Carnival will also present a series of jazz artists on their free, outdoor Rice Park Stage including Walker West Music Academy at noon and McNasty Brass Band at 1:30 pm.

Advance Tickets are:

       Saturday – Tickets for tonight are SOLD OUT, but still have tickets for Sunday.

$35 for Sunday All Sunday stages

$75 VIP Premium Seats – Musician Meet and Greet.  LIMITED Seating – SUNDAY ONLY. 

Be sure to save your e-mail receipt.  YOUR E-MAIL RECEIPT IS YOUR TICKET!

$40 for Sunday at the door.

Winter Jazz Festival presented by Hiway Federal Credit Union

Saturday, January 28

Street Space at tpt  – 172 E 4th Street 
5:00 Winter Jazz Fest Kick-off
6:00 to 8:00 Rare Historic Jazz Films presented by Bob DeFlores & Leigh Kamman Tribute

Vieux Carré  –  408 St Peter St
9:00 Jon Weber & Friends

Black Dog Café 308 E Prince St
Saturday Night Jazz at The Black Dog Presents
8:30 The Rodney Ruckus Group  with a 7:00pm opening set by the Tommy Bentz Quartet

Golden’s Lowertown  – 275 4th St E
8:30 Jazz Alley

Sunday, January 29

The Saint Paul Hotel Ballroom Main Stage – 350 Market St
1:30 The Dakota Combo
2:30 Sam Rosenstone Trio Presented by the Schubert Club
4:00 Jon Weber & Friends
5:30 Patty Peterson Presents – Jazz Women All Stars
7:15 Nicholas Payton Afro Caribbean Mixtape

The Saint Paul Hotel Summit Room Stage
1:30 John Penny
3:00 Andrew Walesch with Dave Karr

The Saint Paul Hotel M Street Café Stage
5:00 Ted Olsen

The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar Lounge
4:00 Joann Funk

The St Paul Winter Carnival, Treasure Island Entertainment Stage In Rice Park
12:00 Walker West Jazz Ensemble
1:30 McNasty Brass Band

The Leigh Kamman Project will be on site all day with archival recordings
(Please check back for exact room location)

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About the Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Twin Cities Jazz Festival, established in 1999, is a non-profit organization, with a mission to keep the art form of jazz alive and well in our community. Support for the 2017 Twin Cities Jazz Festival (June 22-24) is provided in part by AARP, Hiway Federal Credit Union, Minnesota State Arts Board and the City of Saint Paul Cultural Star.

To join the Twin Cities Jazz Festival e-mail list please click here and sign up.  Be sure to follow @tcjazzfestival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Music will be streamed live on Periscope and Facebook (as permitted) during the Festival.

Official Hotel Sponsor

Our Hotel sponsor, The St. Paul Hotel, is offering a discount for Winter Fest guests. Call 800-292-9292 and ask for the Winter Jazz Fest block to get the offered rate or go online to reserve by visiting www.saintpaulhotel.com, select the arrival and departure dates and enter 170129JAZZ as the group/block code.