Twin Cities Jazz Festival


This year’s 2017 Winter Jazz Festival – the cold-weather version of the highly-attended Twin Cities Jazz Festival held this year from June 22-24 – will run for two days in January in conjunction with this year’s Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

  • The Festival begins on Saturday, January 28 at 5:00 pm at the Street Space at tpt’s studios, followed by live jazz performances at various clubs that evening in downtown Saint Paul.
    The music continues at Noon on Sunday, January 29 with performances at The Saint Paul Hotel and on The Saint Paul Winter Carnival Entertainment Stage in Rice Park.
  • This year, jazz lovers can enjoy jazz courtesy of The Saint Paul Winter Carnival on the Winter Carnival Entertainment Stage in Rice Park (free) on Sunday afternoon. “I’m pleased to see two Saint Paul traditions working together,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “Jazz fans love to hear music in Saint Paul’s parks.”

Winter Jazz Festival kicks off on Saturday at 5:00 pm with a gathering at The Street Space at tpt. Then, at 6:00 pm, film archivist Bob DeFlores will present selections from unique and rare historic jazz films, including The Sound of Jazz (1957) and Theater for A Story (1959), as well as a tribute to jazz radio legend Leigh Kamman who passed away in 2014 after 30+ years of broadcasting jazz on Minnesota Public Radio. At 8:30 pm, the festival continues throughout Saint Paul as Jon Weber takes the stage at Vieux Carré, the Rodney Ruckus Group performs at the Black Dog Café with other groups in local venues (free with a Festival wristband).

On Sunday, the Festival continues with performances on four stages at The Saint Paul Hotel headlined by Nicholas Payton, Sam Rosenstone Trio presented by the Schubert Club and Patty Peterson presents Jazz Women All-stars. Across the street in Rice Park, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival will present jazz artists on the free, outdoor Saint Paul Winter Carnival Entertainment Stage in Rice Park including Walker West Jazz Ensemble at noon and McNasty Brass Band at 1:30 pm.

Tickets are $25 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday or $50 for both days in advance. $30 for Saturday and $40 for Sunday at the door. (Saint Paul Winter Carnival performances in Rice Park are free.) Tickets are available at

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 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
7:00 Tommy Bentz Quartet
8:30 The Rodney Ruckus Group

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
5:30 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 playing archival recordings.

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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.

For more information, visit, or follow @tcjazzfestival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Music will be streamed live on Periscope and Facebook (as permitted) during the Festival. To join Jazz Fest’s email list, click here. #tcjazzfest

* Musicians and schedule subject to change.