Alden Drew
Founder, Northwestern Foods, Inc.

Alden has been involved in Jazz Central since the beginning as advisor, backer, board member and patron. A jazz lover since he first heard Leigh Kamman on the radio in the 1950’s, Alden continues to support jazz in the Twin Cities through the TC Jazz Festival, JazzMN, Jazz Central and other organizations.


Anthony Cox
Bassist and Composer

Anthony is known for his work with several leading musicians including Geri Allen, Dewey Redman, Dave Douglas, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Gary Thomas, Marty Ehrlich, Ed Blackwell, Joe Lovano, and Dave King.  He plays mainly in the post-bop, avant-garde, and traditional styles, though he is “versatile enough to work in any style effectively.” Anthony grew up in Minneapolis and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Peter Madsen (pianist) wrote that Cox is “open to all kinds of great music from around the world” and that “his bass sound is full of beauty and warmth.” Anthony’s ability to accompany and still add very creative ideas into whatever music he is playing is remarkable. He is equally comfortable playing chord changes with a Stan Getz or Kenny Wheeler or playing open music with a Dewey Redman or Geri Allen.


Steve Kenny
Trumpet, Composer, and Music Promoter

Steve Kenny is active in the Minnesota Jazz community as a Performer, Composer, Band Leader, Producer, Publisher, and Curator. He is frequently appearing on various Twin Cities and regional stages playing FLUMPET(tm) while performing in or leading ensembles. He’s prolific as a Jazz composer, often performing and recording his own original works which have won awards and commissions. Steve is a founding member of ‘the illicit sextet’, “Group 47”, “What Would Monk Do?” and his own Quartets, and he is the creative force behind the production company “illicit Productions”, which produces well over one hundred live shows a year and has a growing yearly catalog of Jazz CD’s being produced, released and distributed, recently including CDs by ‘the illicit sextet’, a Vinyl LP by “Steve Kenny’s Group 47”, and a first-ever “Twin Cities Jazz Sampler Volume One” CD which included tracks from 13 recordings from original-composition-focused Twin Cities Jazz ensembles. Steve curates and produces a weekly Jazz series at Reverie Cafe & Bar, Black Dog Lowertown, and in the summertime at Studio Z in Saint Paul. These well publicized shows feature the best of the Twin Cities performing Jazz ensembles and also provide performance opportunities for youth Jazz via special opening sets. Steve is also a contributing editor and Chief Technology Officer for the Jazz Police website that covers Minnesota and regional jazz artists and performances.


Mike Wolsted
Entrepreneur and Recording Engineer

Mac Santiago

Mac Santiago
Founder, Executive Director, Drummer, Composer, and Author

Mac has been playing music professionally since the age of sixteen, growing up on the West Coast (Los Angeles and the Bay Area). He attended Sonoma State University for three years and graduated from Idaho State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music, settling in the Twin Cities in 1983. His musical experiences have been wide and varied over the past thirty years. Always a purveyor of jazz music, Mac has played in just about every musical configuration possible. He has toured with the British rock band Badfinger and played regularly with the best jazz, salsa, country, and R&B groups in the area. He has performed in the pit orchestras of the world famous Guthrie Theater and the Minnesota Opera as well as with blues legend Mojo Buford. In addition, he’s played with Grover Washington Jr., Doc Severinson, The Dallas Brass, Savion Glover, Jack McDuff, Paul Bollenbeck and Dick Oatts, to name a few. Mac has proven to be one of the truly versatile drummer/percussionists in the area.


Mac Santiago
Anthony Cox
Chris Bates
Pete Whitman
Jake Baldwin
Bill Simenson
Steve Devich
Geoff Senn
Doug Haining
Scott Agster
Sara Greer
Casey O’Brien
Grayson Peterson
Zach Harris
Maryanne Sullivan
Adam Meckler