This Week’s Concert Line-up at Jazz Central Studios (May 28 – June 3rd)

Monday Night Double Feature | 7:30 – 11pm

(No Open Jam Session)
$10 admission. $5 with a student ID
Hosted by Jim Pogue


7:30 – 9pm

Gearing up for an appearance at the 2018 Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Will Schmid Quartet is a sensitive, ECM-style band featuring pianist Patrick Adkins, bassist Charlie Lincoln, and drummer Jesse Thorson. Experimenting with time, texture, and form as much as melody and rhythm, the quartet provides a dynamic listening experience through eclectic original compositions and thoughtful improvisations.

Will Schmid – Guitar
Patrick Adkins – Piano
Charlie Lincoln – Bass
Jesse Thorson – Drums



9 – 11pm

Modern Jazz quintet Talking Ear (Ann Arbor, MI) makes their debut at Jazz Central Studios during their Spring Midwest tour. For more info, visit

“Their progressive jazz speaks volumes through the band’s live performances and their self-titled debut album, which features eight beautiful tracks draped in smooth vocals, soft pianos, crashing cymbals, rhythmic bass-lines and breakout guitar solos.” – The Stratton Setlist

Estar Cohen – Voice
Dan Palmer – Guitar
Ben Maloney – Piano
Aidan Cafferty – Bass
Travis Aukerman – Drums

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Tuesday Big Band | 8:30 – 10:30pm


Hosted by Sheridan Zuther
$10 admission. $5 with a student ID.

The Genesis Jazz Orchestra is the twin cities’ hottest, new 17-piece big band. Led by saxophonist/educator Conrad Miska and drawing top musicians from the southeast metro, they play a mix of contemporary jazz and freshened standards by Gordon Goodwin, Mike Tomaro, Matt Harris, Tom Kubis, Jeff Jarvis, and others.

Wednesday New Boundaries | 8:30 – 10:30pm



$10 admission. $5 with a Student ID.

Composer and saxophonist Nathan Hanson has performed in venues from concert halls to prisons, churches to train stations, debutante balls to Soviet fallout shelters in places ranging from St. Paul to Slovenia; Paris to Pittsburgh; Milano to Milwaukee; and Rome (both Italy and Georgia). His compositions have been featured on radio, television and film in the United States and Europe.

JT and Nathan are going to explore how the present moment unfolds itself by spontaneously creating an evening’s worth of music. We’ve known each other for more than 25 years, and we share a very broad swath of influences. We’ve never done an evening of duets before so come check it out before we’re not able to say that anymore.

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Check out their KBEM interview |

Thursday Vocal Night | 8 – 10pm


Hosted by Katia Cardenas
$10 admission. $5 with a Student ID

Aja Parham, joined by Kenneth Garnier on Bass, Steven Hobart on Piano and Ben Boussieres on Guitar loves to give something new to every audience. A native to the Twin Cities, Aja has had a life long list of performance achievements, including graduating from The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, earning a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance. After graduation, she performed with the Minnesota Opera, Penumbra Theatre, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. After a time, Aja rekindled her love of Jazz, R&B, and Motown, and started performing as a freelance vocalist throughout the Twin Cities.

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illicit Jazz Workshop Presents | 8 – 10pm


Hosted by Jon Wood
$10 admission

Zacc Harris – Guitar
Bryan Nichols – Piano
Chris Bates – Bass
Pete Hennig – Drums




About the illicit Jazz Workshop
The illicit Jazz Workshop is a weekly Jazz concert series with performances every Friday at 8:00pm at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis. The series is produced by and curated by Steve Kenny. More information can be found at

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Saturday Jazz From The Americas and Beyond | 7 – 10pm



$12 admission. $7 with Student ID. Free admission for kids under 12.

7:00 pm: Free Dance Lessons
7:30 pm: Live Music Starts!!

This evening will see Jazz Central Studios turned into a Latin Dance Studio!! All dance studios and latin dancers welcome.
There will be a free salsa dance lesson at the beginning of the evening.

The Chino Latino Jazz Project (CLJP) is dedicated to presenting latin jazz in the dance styles of salsa, cha-cha-cha, merengue, cumbia, bolero, and rumba/bembe. Following in the traditions of Poncho Sanchez and Tito Puente in a small combo setting, Chino Latino specializes in both sophisticated and danceable arrangements. CLJP is proud to be featured with salsa and latin dance studios such as the Arthur Murray School, and the Dancer’s Studio. CLJP personnel includes an international cast of virtuosos from three continents.

The Chino Latino Jazz Project on 5/5 features:
Peter Shu – Piano/Musical Director
Mark Yannie – Sax/Flute
Phil Holm – Trumpet
Andrew Turpening – Timbales
Chico Chavez – Congas
Jordan Hays – Bongos
Dan Arlig – Bass

Sunday Jazz Jam | 6 – 8pm


$5 admission

Come and enjoy some spontaneous collaboration, hosted by guitarist Cole Mahlum. This weekly jam session is open to musicians of all ages and levels of experience.

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