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A Copasetic Christmas Carol

November 5, 2020  •  

A Copasetic Christmas Carol, created by Doug Haining and Charmin Michelle and performed by the Twin Cities Seven, will be December’s JAZZ FEST LIVE feature This original jazz adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol will draw us into the holiday season in this year of ongoing challenges. Featuring all original music by Doug […]

Jazz Fest’s Steve Heckler: ‘We’re going to get through this, and jazz will go on’ via MinnPost

April 10, 2020  •  

This article originally appeared on MinnPost. The story of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is full of ups and downs. It began in 1999 as a one-off afternoon of music on Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis. About 300 people were expected. More than 3,000 came. A 501(c)(3) by 2001, the festival added sponsors, headliners and stages. […]


April 1, 2020  •  

  (UPDATE 1) At this time Crooners Supper Club is postponing the streaming concert series “Keep Music Live.” The series was scheduled to launch on Friday, April 3.   All of the artists who agreed to be in the series will be paid now. They will be re-booked when the #StayHomeMN recommendations are lifted. This […]

Jazz Police Live Jazz Calendar, Fall 2019

November 7, 2019  •  

Live jazz in the Twin Cities metro! The Jazz Police calendar is updated at least weekly. And we’re continuing “Andrea’s Picks.” Years ago, popular pianist and bandleader Herb Pilhofer was a fixture on the local scene, often appearing at the Dakota in its original digs at Bandana Square. Off the scene for a number of […]

Twin Cities Jazz Venues

November 4, 2019  •  

[Updated November 1, 2019] I hear these questions a lot: Where does one find live jazz in the Twin Cities? And how do you learn about it? Look no farther! This is your Jazz Police guide to Twin Cities jazz venues and resources! Learning about area jazz offerings is pretty easy online. Check out Jazz […]

Who Is Dean Granros?

October 30, 2019  •  

Dean Granros is an elusive giant of the Twin Cities improvised music scene. The name alone carries weight for younger generations of musicians and fans. His photo hangs on the back wall of Jazz Central Studios, larger than all the others. I was hanging out around it a few weeks back when a non-musician friend […]