2022 ARTISTS PERFORMING ON THE JAZZ88 MAIN STAGE AT MEARS PARK, SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA
MATTHEW WHITAKER QUINTET – FRIDAY JUNE 24th 8:30PM – MEARS PARK
Born in 2001, Matthew Whitaker’s love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At age 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.
He’s already toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world renowned stages, including: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain, Morocco and South Korea. Matthew has performed with an array of outstanding musicians: Ray Chew, Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, Cameron Carpenter, Regina Carter, Jason Moran, Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, Marc Cary, Arturo O’Farrill, James Carter, Roy Ayers, D.D. Jackson, The New York Pops Orchestra, EFG London Jazz Festival at Royal Albert Hall in London, where he was a featured soloist with their 42 piece big band and with Hamiet Bluiett and his Bio-Electric Ensemble.
Matthew Whitaker – piano, B3
Marcus Robinson -guitar
Karim “Kase” Hutton – bass
John Steele -sax
Ivan Llanes – percussion
TREME’ BRASS BAND – SATURDAY JUNE 25th 8:30PM- MEARS PARK
Central to the musical traditions of New Orleans are the African American brass bands that play for traditional funerals and street parades. Among the most beloved of these is the Tremé Brass Band from the venerable and storied Tremé neighborhood. The group is led by a New Orleans institution, drummer Benny Jones, Sr., who has been parading for nearly 60 years.
The origins of the Crescent City’s brass bands are linked to 19th-century military bands. New Orleans musicians took these instruments and created a new, looser, less regimented music, combining African rhythms and polyphony with European forms to produce the earliest jazz. The rise of benevolent societies (later known as “social aid and pleasure clubs”) that assisted dues-paying members with funeral expenses and the like helped to maintain and support brass band activities.
Benny Jones, Sr. was a founding member of the seminal Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and formed the Tremé Brass Band a quarter century ago. Today “The Tremé” are known internationally through their recordings and tours, as well as their role in Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary, When the Levee Breaks. Despite this fame, the band remains firmly rooted in the New Orleans community, playing regularly for social aid and pleasure club parades, Mardi Gras Indian gatherings, jazz funerals, and packed houses at local institutions like the Candlelight Lounge.
Whatever the setting, the constant is Tremé’s desire to keep the music alive. We “still need somebody to do the traditional music so we can pass that to the younger generation,” says Jones, “Somebody got to hold that spot down.”
EMMET COHEN TRIO FEATURING BRUCE HARRIS – FRIDAY JUNE 24th 6:00PM – MEARS PARK
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is in the vanguard of his generation’s advancement of music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” Cohen notes that performing jazz is “about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences. He leads his namesake ensemble, the “Emmet Cohen Trio,” is a vibrant solo performer, and is in constant demand as a sideman. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.
Bruce Harris’s professional career as a performer has been defined by his infectious joy, undeniable passion and youthful energy. His chops were honed in many of New York’s premier music venues and jazz clubs such as Smalls, Smoke Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Ginny’s Supper Club, Minton’s, Rockwood Music Hall, among others. Harris has made appearances on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In addition, he has appeared alongside a long list of legendary performers, including Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, The Count Basie Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, Barry Harris, Roy Hargrove, and Tony Bennett. In 2013, for Ebony Magazine, Wynton Marsalis highlighted Bruce as one of the five important young jazz musicians you should know.
BRANDON GOLDBERG QUINTET FEATURING MARCUS STRICKLAND, JOSH EVANS, BEN WOLFE & AARON KIMMEL – SATURDAY JUNE 25th 6:00PM- MEARS PARK
Brandon Goldberg, now 16, has been playing piano and making music since he was three years old. He found his passion for jazz by listening to his favorite artists including Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.
Goldberg has performed at the Newport, Litchfield and Caramoor Jazz Festivals as well as the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts.
In his hometown of Miami, Florida, Goldberg has been a featured performer with The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), the Jazz Roots Series at the Adrienne Arsht Center under the direction of Shelly Berg, the WDNA Miami Downtown Jazz Festival, The Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival and the FAENA Summer Jazz Series.
Goldberg was recognized by Downbeat magazine as the Student Music Awards winner in the Jazz Soloist and Original Composition categories three years in a row – 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The performance of Brandon Goldberg presented in collaboration with The Myrna Loy and Soapbox Gallery is supported by Chamber Music America’s Presenter Consortium for Jazz program, funded through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
BRUCE HENRY AND THE EVOLUTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC – SATURDAY JUNE 25th 4:00PM – MEARS PARK
When you listen to rock, gospel, R&B, soul, jazz and hip-hop, you are hearing the survival of African culture in America. Developed by Bruce, The Evolution of African American Music lays out this connection through the classroom, concerts, informances, educator trainings, workshops and residencies. The Evolution is simply for anyone interested in music, culture and our country’s history. An interdisciplinary program, the Evolution provides recipients a thorough overview of African American music from 1619 to contemporary music trends. Adapted for all ages and settings, the Evolution is perfect for schools, public shows, conferences, workshops and trainings. Kavyesh Kaviraj – Piano, Yonathan Bekure – Bass, Kevin Washington – Drums, Daryl Boudreaux – Percussion, Pete Whitman – Sax, Omar Abdulkarim – Trumpet, Bruce A. Henry – Vocals.
ZACC HARRIS GROUP – SATURDAY JUNE 25th 2:00PM
Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Zacc Harris has gained a reputation as one of the area’s top guitarists, being named 2017 Twin Cities Best Jazz Artist by the City Pages. The Zacc Harris Group focuses on Harris’ compositions, ranging from free-swinging postbop to contemporary jazz, featuring a stellar sextet with tenor and alto saxophone joining Harris on the front line. The group’s 2021 album Small Wonders received a four-star review in Downbeat Magazine and made All About Jazz writer Mike Jurkovic’s Best Recordings of 2021 list , saying, “It is a vibe many have been drawn to, that cool Blue Note sound which follows us through the years, and that still fascinates, captures the imagination and, in the case of Small Wonders, inspires…On this sextet’s second orbit around concept and beauty, the art of inquiry is the cornerstone.”
JAZZMN FEATURING LILA AMMONS FRIDAY JUNE 24th 4:00PM
Since its inception, the JazzMN Orchestra has presented more than 70 concerts in its main series with dozens of additional performances at jazz and art festivals around the Twin Cities. The music performed by the JazzMN Orchestra ranges from the very beginnings of jazz through contemporary and commissioned works by today’s composers. A native of Chicago, Lila has had many musical influences from family to a myriad of musicians and from the musical styles of Mozart to Monk. And she has inherited an illustrious legacy through the gifts of her grandfather and uncle: Albert Ammons (piano) and Gene Ammons (tenor sax).
OTHER SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES
BLUE OX JAZZ TRIO
The Blue Ox Jazz Trio features Zach Studdiford (Piano), Henry Goldman (Bass), and Jack Schabert (Drums). The Trio performs frequently around the Twin Cities and plays everything from standard jazz repertoire to arrangements of classic pop tunes to original compositions. June 24th & June 25th 7:00PM Herbie’s on the Park.
BRAZILIAN JAZZ TRIO
Pavel Jany and his Brazilian Jazz Trio offer an acoustic fusion of Brazilian bossa nova and samba blended with elements of American jazz, world music, and some of their original material. June 25th 7:00PM Citizen (Inside the St. Paul Intercontinental Hotel).
BZ3 ORGAN TRIO
Classic Organ Trio performing spirited Soul Jazz Brian Ziemniak-B3, Troy Norton-Guitar, Kevin Washington-Drums. June 24th 7:30PM Urban Wok
Caballo Cósmico performs music that tells stories of immigration and fused cultural experiences. Founded by Javier Trejo, singer-songwriter from Coahuila, Mexico, raised in St. Paul’s Westside, Caballo Cósmico is built upon world beat musical influences. A musical journey that include, Tejano music, R&B and Rock, to create a polyrhythmic sound, infused with contemporary synth, guitar and deep bass grooves, that recognizes its Afro-Cuban roots. Caballo Cósmico will take you on a journey throughout time-space. June 25th 6:00PM to 8:00PM St Paul Farmers Market in Partnership with “The Show.”
Founded in 2006, Charanga Tropical performs with an instrumentation that dates back to the roots of Cuban music featuring a sizzling Latin rhythm section, three violins, vocalists, and flute. Repertoire includes rarely heard danzones and a spicy variety of modern son, salsa, cha cha cha, and timba. The music is rich in harmony and melody, fantastic for listening and superb for dancing. June 24th 5:00PM Xcel Energy Jazz on 5th St Stage (Mears Park).
CONNIE EVINGSON W/ JON WEBER
Connie Evingson has toured worldwide, with appearances at concert halls, theaters and festivals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Memorable performances include being a guest artist at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, and Vince Giordano; multiple performances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion; collaborations with the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto Symphony conducted by Doc Severinsen; performances with the JazzMN Orchestra and Vocalessence.6:00PM Boiler Room (Lower level Creators Space).
Growing up in Minneapolis, Dale’s first band was a trio with Prince and Andre Cymone. He recorded with Prince on the 94 East Street CD project right before Prince signed his solo contract. Subsequently, Dale toured with Prince on the Sign o’ the Times World Tour as the drummer for Madhouse (the opening act for the tour). Dale has performed and recorded with many musical legends including George Benson, Everett Harp, Larry Graham, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Frank Morgan, Billy Eckstine, Jimmy Smith, Dianne Reeves, Barbara Morrison, Billy Taylor, The Temptations, Sheila E and Prince. June 24th 3:30PM Celeste of St. Paul, June 25th 7:30PM Lost Fox
DAVE MILNE QUINTET
Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist David Milne is an accomplished and versatile performer, composer, and arranger in musical settings ranging from creative jazz, modern big band, and progressive popular styles to symphonic/orchestral, chamber music, and contemporary classical styles. Dave serves as Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Programs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches applied saxophone, directs the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensembles, and teaches jazz-related courses. David Milne is a Conn-Selmer Saxophone Artist-Clinician.
David Milne, saxophone
Laura Caviani, piano
Chris Olson, guitar
Kam Markworth, bass
Dave Schmalenberger, drums
June 25th 3:00PM MetroNOME.
DEBBIE BRIGGS VINTAGE JAZZ
Vintage inspired tunes primarily from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, featuring the warm dulcet tones of Debbie Briggs on vocals accompanied by a small but mighty combo. Together, they create a nostalgic, toe tapping sound that will leave your face smiling and your heart full. Steve Pikal on bass and Fitzgerld Palmer on guitar. 8:00PM Boiler Room (Lower level Creators Space).
Accordionist Denny Malmberg has performed for the past 50 years at Twin Cities venues including the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Dakota Jazz Club and Crooners. June 24th 7:00PM Citizen inside the Intercontinental Hotel.
Ginger is a Midwest music scene veteran – she began her career performing as a long-time member of the Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness, then touring across the United States, Europe and Japan with local jazz ensemble Moore By Four. Ginger appears regularly at the Dakota, Crooners and The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. June 24th 5:30PM MetroNOME.
Pianist Grant West features a timeless mix of Jazz Standards, original compositions and showtunes that have delighted Twin Cities music lover for more than 50 years. His career includes accompanying the late great Sammy Davis Jr. He performs with his brother Thom West as the West Bros. Jazz Piano Duo and, at the request of the Artist Prince, at his wedding reception. Grant is a founder of Walker West Music Academy where he is a master teacher. June 25th 4:30PM Momento Restaurant & Bar
Gregg Inhofer is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and vocalist. His music combines a wide variety of influences, including rock, R’n’B, and jazz. He has played a significant role in the Minneapolis music scene throughout his career and is a member of the Minnesota Rock and Country Music Hall of Fame. Most notably he played keyboards on Bob Dylan’s album “Blood on the Tracks”, which ranked number 16 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. June 24th 6:00PM to 8:00PM Dual Citizen .
GYPSY MANIA HOT CLUB QUARTET
A spontaneous, vivid performance by some of Minnesota’s most stellar gypsy-jazz artists played in the Django Reinhardt French swing tradition of the 1930s. Gypsy Mania features an exceptional stylistic dimension with prodigious improvisation. Glen Helgeson guitar, Gary Schulte violin, Steve Pikal bass, Jay Epstein drums June 25th 4:00PM Boiler Room (Lower level Creators Space).
JACK BRASS BAND
Jack Brass brings old New Orleans jazz from Louis Armstrong’s era, to the modern street Mardi Gras anthems with the instrumentation, feel, and energy they have mastered through countless gigs, parades, festival appearances including trips to New Orleans. June 24th 7:30PM Xcel Energy Jazz on 5th St Stage (Mears Park).
JAZZ CENTRAL ALL STARS LED BY MAC SANTIAGO
Led by Mac Santiago drummer, founder and executive director of Jazz Central Studios, Mac brings together top level Twin Cities jazz musicians. Jazz Central Studios (JCS) is a tax exempt nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Twin Cities jazz community by offering a live performance/educational environment that nurtures artistic growth. Pete Enblom trombone, Joe Mayo Tenor Saxophone, Jake Baldwin trumpet, Javier Santiago piano, Graydon Peterson contrabass, Mac Santiago drums. June 24th 7:30PM Dark Horse.
JAZZ FESTIVAL JAM SESSION HOSTED BY GRAYDON PETERSON
Will Kjeer – Piano, Graydon Peterson – Bass, Abinnet Berhanu – Drums. June 24th & June 25th 10:00PM kj’s Hideaway.
Jenny Klukken is a marimbaist who combines her classical percussion background with her passion for folk, jazz, and world music. In her unique approach, she bridges the gap between virtuosic marimba repertoire and improvised music making. June 25th 7:30PM Dark Horse Bar & Eatery.
JOAN HUTTON & SUE ORFIELD; TAKE THAT BACK
Joan Hutton is a woodwind performer, composer and music educator residing in Minneapolis and hailing from Toronto, Canada. Her varied musical interests have led her over the years to classical, jazz, funk, free improvisation, pit orchestras and more. Joan’s newest group, Take That Back is co-led with saxophonist Sue Orfield and features original music by both leaders. June 24th 8:00PM kj’s Hideaway.
JOEL SHAPIRA & LARRY McDONOUGH
Guitarist Joel Shapira is an internationally acclaimed musician residing in St. Paul / Minneapolis MN. He’s a leader and/or member of multiple top Twin Cities’ jazz ensembles, as well as a master of the demanding discipline of solo guitar. He performs regularly with world class musicians, has numerous recordings to his credit, and is an artist featured on the NYC record label Unseen Rain Records. June 24th 5:00PM Station 81 inside the Union Depot
Minneapolis based guitarist and composer John Penny performs his original music on stages throughout the Twin Cities, and has performed in nightclubs in New York City from Harlem to the East Village. A wealthy amount of his music fuses Jazz with Classical and World Folk genres. His CD collection entitled Urban Tumble includes two pieces that morph between Jazz and orchestral ensembles. June 24th 4:30PM Momento Restaurant and Bar
“Mr. Weber can play up a storm…he has hosted the NPR series “Piano Jazz” and is one of the most imaginative and gifted musical directors, has a deep understanding of how technology and the media have revolutionized the relationship between the musician and the audience. Yet he knows exactly how technical to get without sounding like a textbook.” NEW YORK TIMES. June 23rd 6:30PM kj’s Hidwaway. June 24th and 25th 2:00PM Episcopal Homes. June 24th 7:30PM Gray Duck.
KENNE THOMAS’ LIFEFORCE FEATURING FRANK CATALANO
Kenne Thomas’ LIFEFORCE is led by Chicago native drummer and composer, Kenne Thomas. The seasoned, in-demand musician has performed worldwide over a decades long career. He settled in Japan for a time; touring with King Records jazz organist Toshihiko Kankawa. Lifeforce brings to life the stylings of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the Jazz Crusaders and the Tony Williams Quintet in this talented ensemble. Frank Catalano – Tenor Sax, Dave Graf – Trombone, Javier Santiago – Piano, Ted Olsen – Bass, Kenne Thomas – Drums. June 25th 6:30PM kj’s Hideaway.
KENNY HORST QUARTET
Kenny Horst is truly a self-made musician. He has played performed and recorded with jazz luminaries including Lee Konitz, Cedar Walton, Mose Allison, Eric Alexander, Bill Carothers, Bobby Lyle and John Patitucci. Aaron Hedenstrom – Saxophones, Will Kjeer – Piano, Billy Peterson – Bass,Kenny Horst – Drums. June 23rd 8:00PM kj’s Hideaway (Cover Charge)
Lucia Newell has sung in jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world and at home in the Twin Cities. She spent years singing background vocals on major label recordings, and can be heard on local and national TV and radio jingles, and on a variety of children’s and teaching recordings. Lucia has received special recognition from the Minnesota Jazz Awards and released the critically acclaimed CD Enter You, Enter Love with guitarist Joan Griffith, now in its third issue, and is featured on Laura Caviani’s jazzy Christmas CD, Angels We Haven’t Heard, the 2006 release with Soul Café, The Poetry of Jazz, Pablo Neruda meets Rodgers & Hart and most recently on the 2010 release with Alma Brasileira, Circle of the Dance.
Joan Griffith is a teacher, performer and composer who has toured and recorded extensively. She is the director MacJazz (big band) and is a studio instructor, teaching electric bass, electric guitar, mandolin, and jazz improvisation. She is also the head of the jazz studies department at the University of St. Thomas. Her mandolin and bass playing can be heard on the many recordings. She is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Young Audiences. June 25th 2:00PM Momento Restaurant and Bar
LEE ENGELE AND GUITARIST REYNOLD PHILIPSEK
A veteran of local big bands (Currently The Moonlight Serenaders), small ensembles and theater; Lee has released a number of recordings to date, two with Reynold. She has performed in New York, and at major Twin Cities and Midwest venues. Reynold Philipsek is one of the area’s most prolific artists and has appeared on nearly fifty recordings either under his own name or in support of other artists His guitar (and voice) can be heard in the ensembles East Side and Side Wall Café. Lee Engele, Reynold Philipsek, Matt Senjem & Morris Engele and special appearance by Gary Schulte. June 25th 3:00PM Landmark Center, Weyerhaeuser Theater. This show is sponsored by Caron Chiropractic.
LINDSAY PEDALTY TRIO
Vocalist Lindsay Pedalty brings a fresh voice to the Twin Cities music scene. Her clear, unaffected voice is sophisticated and refreshing. She is comfortable singing a variety of music, including pop, both old and new rock, blues, jazz, standards, and even a country tune or two. She has experience performing at clubs and cafes with several local music acts as well as private events. June 25th 5:00PM Station 81 inside the Union Depot
MARYANN AND THE MONEY MAKERS
Maryann And The Money Makers is a swingin’ combo that will have you dancing the night away! The Money Makers consist of A-List Twin Cities musicians that serve-up foot-tapping jazz and deliver the best in-the-pocket swing music around. Vocalist Maryann Sullivan delivers delightful vocals with energy and panache. June 25th 7:30PM Xcel Energy Jazz on 5th St (Mears Park).
MARY LOUISE KNUTSON
Minneapolis-based jazz pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson has been called “one of the most exciting artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time.” Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene. June 25th 2:00PM Wells Piano.
MN JAZZED YOUTH STAGE AT CREATORS SPACE
Twin Cities youth performances. June 25th 1:30PM to 6:30PM.
NO ROOM FOR SQUARES
Named after the Hank Mobley album, No Room For Squares is a bebop quintet that interprets many of the classic 50s and 60s recordings from Blue Note Records. The band, led by drummer Bill Stieger, has made regular appearances at the Twin Cities venues. Each member of the quintet of jazz veterans brings his unique talent in service to arrangements by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, and other hard-bop stylists. June 25th 7:30PM Urban Wok.
PETER KOGEN QUINTET
Peter Kogan was Principal Timpani of the Minnesota Orchestra for 29 years and a veteran of the symphonies of Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Honolulu. He worked for as a drummer in New York City included backing up Blues greats Lightnin’ Hopkins and Jimmy Witherspoon, the big band of Larry Elgart and many others. Mitch Van Laar, trumpet, Pete Whitman, sax, Abebi Stafford, piano, Chris Bates, bass, Peter Kogan, drums. June 25th 7:30PM MetroNOME
PIERRE LEWIS ORGAN TRIO
St.Paul native Pierre Lewis has been keyboardist for the Commodores for the past 12 years. He spent his formative years as twin cities organ legend Bobby Lyles’ sub and regular organist for another Twin Cities saxophone legend Morris Wilson. June 24 9:30PM Urban Wok.
PIGS EYE JASS BAND
Pig’s Eye Jass Band: playing traditional jazz from the 1890’s to the 1920’s; it is America’s original art form and will get your feet moving!
The Pig’s Eye Jass Band (that was the original spelling of jazz) has been going since 1961. Named after the first name of St. Paul, Pig’s Eye Landing, they play the earliest form of jazz, often known as traditional jazz or New Orleans style jazz. These include the classic pieces in the roots of American popular music, celebrating the works of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and the great early blues singers, Bessie Smith and Alberta Hunter.
The band has played at many community festivals and events, including the St. Paul Winter Carnival, Minnesota State Fair and the Urban Growler.
Current musicians in Pig’s Eye Jass Band are:
Dave Lee, string bass and vocals
Bob Willey, trombone
Garry Peterson, banjo and vocals
Michael Keyes, guitar
Gordon Myers, drums
Ralph Faville, trumpet
Scott Yarosch, clarinet
Nancy Hite, vocals and washboard
June 25th 9:30PM Urban Wok.
RED HOT DJANGO PEPPERS
The Red Hot Django Peppers is a local Twin Cities Hot Club band, that specializes in the music of Django Reinhardt. June 25th 9:30PM Urban Wok.
SALSA DEL SOUL
Salsa del Soul is a Twin Cities-based, nine-piece orchestra performing various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose to provide great dance music for Twin Cities Salsa fans. The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest talents in the Twin Cities Latin music scene. The styles of music they perform include Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba, and, of course, Salsa! June 25th 3:00PM Xcel Energy Jazz on 5th St (Mears Park).
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. Levi Schwartzberg -vibes, Ted Olsen – bass, Miguel Hurtado – drums June 24th 8:00PM MetroNOME.
He’s first and foremost a pianist, with a grease-and-grits-slathered approach that suggests an affinity for New Orleans, Memphis, and swampy spots in between, but he also cranks up organ, guitar, and, lately, mandolin. June 24th 9:00PM to 11:00PM Big River Pizza
SCHOOL OF ROCK YOUTH PERFORMANCE
June 25th Noon to 9:00PM. Keg and Case Youth Stage.
SELBY AVE BRASS BAND
The Selby Avenue Brass Band brings a unique voice to the Twin Cities. While rooted from the streets of New Orleans, we expand from that genre into many others. The group is led by Tom Wells on tuba, arranger, composer and music educator. June 25th 5:00PM Xcel Energy Jazz on 5th St (Mears Park).
Sophia has performed with and has been mentored by several notable jazz musicians including Sean Jones, Camille Thurman, Javon Jackson, Lenny White, Rufus Reid, Wycliffe Gordon, Ron Blake, and Bruce Williams. Through participating in ensembles, including the National Youth Orchestra Jazz Band, YoungArts, the National Association for Music Education and Vail Jazz, she has been able to perform at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New World Center for the Arts, and other notable music venues. In addition, Sophia currently attends the Juilliard school as a first-year student under the direction of Bruce Williams. Sophia Kickhofel – Alto Sax, Jake Baldwin – Trumpet, Lasse Corson – Piano, Graydon Peterson – Bass, Miguel Hurtado – Drums. June 24th 6:30PM kj’s Hideaway
STEVE CLARKE AND THE WORKING STIFFS
Steve Clarke and The Working Stiffs are one of the premier jazz and swing bands in the Twin Cities. They perform with passion, drive, and a sense of humor. The Working Stiffs were formed in 2001 as part of “Let Freedom Swing”, a fundraiser for the families of the victims of 911. They have received 10 Minnesota Music Awards in categories of Jazz, Jazz Recording, and performance. Steve was inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame and is endorsed by Antigua Winds. June 25th 6:00PM Dual Citizen Brewing.
STEVE KENNY QUINTET
Steve Kenny is active in the Minnesota Jazz community as a Performer, Composer, and Curator. Steve is a founding member of ‘the illicit sextet’, “Group 47”, “What Would Monk Do?” and his own “Quartets”, and he curates and produces a weekly Saturday Jazz series at kj’s hideaway. His latest recording, “Quartets”, includes original compositions played by 4 separate ensembles of Twin Cities Jazz musicians, including a Live version of Steve Kenny’s Ghost Suite. in 2019 the national Jazz Journalists Association named Steve as a “Minnesota Jazz Hero” for his work in the Jazz community and lifelong devotion to the Idiom.
Steve Kenny – Trumpet, Dave Brattain – Saxophones, Jordan Anderson – Piano, Ted Olsen – Bass, Abinnet Berhanu – Drums. June 23rd 9:30PM kj’s Hideaway (Cover Charge)
TED OLSEN GROUP
Ted Olsen is a musician from the Twin Cities who plays the double bass and bass guitar. As a composer he focuses on creating bright moments within the framework of spontaneous group interplay. Ted Olsen – Bass, Aaron Hedenstrom – Saxophones, Javi Santiago – Piano, Miguel Hurtado – Drums. June 25th 8:00PM kj’s Hideaway.
TRAVIS ANDERSON TRIO
“They swing like there’s no tomorrow.”– Jazz Police. With energy and chops to burn, the Travis Anderson Trio bring fresh interpretations to standards and more – from Chopin to Mario Bros – they swing like there’s no tomorrow while saluting the great trios of yesterday. June 25th Noon to 3:00PM Holman’s Table.
WESTWIND SWING BAND
Westwind Swing Band is a traditional 18-piece big band, including a vocalist that perform at a variety of venues from wineries, swing dances, weddings and other private events to city parks and senior centers. June 25th 8:00PM to 11:00PM Wabasha Street Caves.