Summer 2015 Update

Snow is gone, temps are up and it seems as the local Jazz Music scene is growing along with the leaves, grass and flowers!


Jazz at Black Dog & Nicollet

First, a special shout out to Steve Kenny and his hard work in developing weekly programs at both the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar in Lowertown in St. Paul and The Nicollet at Franklin and Nicollet avenues. Be sure to check those venues out and support the great resident players featured there.

Congratulations to our own Atlantis Quartet on their McKnight Fellowship win and Adam Meckler (trumpet) for his musician’s award. Noah Baldwin (trumpet) also received funding from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council to produce 4 concerts this year. All well-deserved and a tribute to the hard work that these JCS artists put into their music.


Charanga TropicalAlso, kudos to Doug Little (saxophone) on his successful campaign to take his group Charanga Tropical to Cuba at the end of this month for the Danzón Festival in Havana! Included on this trip are JCS artists Graydon Peterson (bass) and Joe Strachan (piano.)

If you keep up with Downbeat magazine you may have caught Golden Valley native John Raymond (trumpet) in the Players feature last month talking about his experiences in NYC and his new record ‘Foreign Territory’. Very cool!



Twin Cities Jazz FestivalOf course the season would not be complete without mentioning the highlight of jazz in the cities, the 17th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival June 25th-27th in and around Mears Park in St. Paul. This year will feature Chris Potter and Dave Holland, Dr. John, Francisco Mela with Nicolas Payton and the Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet.

More importantly, the Festival will also feature many of the finest resident musicians over the course of it’s 3 day run. Most of whom are part of what has allowed Jazz Central Studios to present live jazz music for the other 270+ days throughout the year. See the schedule below for details. It’s gonna be a great one.

One more thing! Jazz Central Studios in conjunction with Twin Cities Jazz Festival will be bring Jazz Music to out-state Minnesota once again this summer with free-to-the-public performances and clinics. This year there will be 4 concerts involving 4 different collaborations at 4 locations.

  • St. Peter 6/19
  • Duluth 7/4
  • Bemidji 7/19
  • St. Cloud 7/27

It’s gonna be a great summer. Let’s enjoy it together with Live Jazz!