This Week’s Concert Line-up at Jazz Central Studios (July 23rd – 29th)

Monday Night Featured Artist & Jam Session | 8:30 – 10:00pm


$10 admission. $5 with a student ID or musicians with instruments.

Drummer, composer, and author, Kenne Thomas is the son of Chicago saxophonist, Jimmy “Bouncy” Whitehead. Kenne performed with Jodie Christian, Ari Brown, Adam Rudolph the Charles Walton Big Band, and the progressive jazz group, LIFEFORCE. In the early 70’s he performed with pianist, Jimmy Bowman Trio. Kenne later toured Japan with King Records, jazz organist, Toshihiko Kankawa and others.

Rich Manik – Soprano, Alto, Tenor Saxophones
Dave Graf – Trombone
Abebi Stafford – Piano
Graydon Peterson – Bass
Kenne Thomas – Drums



As always, an open jam session is hosted by Monday’s Featured Artist following the first set. Bring your ax and your fake books (if you need’em). Starting at 10pm JCS invites all comers to get their game on regardless of experience level.



Tuesday Big Band | 8:30 – 10:30pm


$10 admission. $5 with a student ID.

The Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra is back at Jazz Central Studios doing their monthly (4th Tuesday) open rehearsal.

Featuring 18 of the Twin Cities’s top musicians, the areas sole Latin Jazz Orchestra is led by trumpeter Geoff West Senn and percussionist Mac Santiago. They will be performing some of the most intensely rhythmic and dynamic music that the jazz genre has to offer. This music has been a part of the American scene since Jellyroll Morton’s “Latin Tinge” and has to be experienced live to be believed!

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


$10 admission. $5 with student ID.
John C.S. Keston and Cody McKinney present Sound / Simulacra: A monthly series which explores musical improvisation as a “faithful and intentionally distorted” representational process. Sound / Simulacra brings together some of the Twin Cities most unique voices to “recreate, distort, and create the hyperreal.”

Set I – Davu Seru (percussion)

Set II – Davu Seru (percussion) + John Keston (piano, Rhodes, synthesizers, electronics) + Cody McKinney (bass, voice, synthesizer, electronics)

Thursday Vocal Night | 8:00 – 10:00pm


$10 admission. $5 with student ID.
Chrisette Bany’s humble beginnings as a featured vocalist started as a young child growing up in rural, Southern Minnesota. She was part of an enduring family singing ensemble that included her six siblings and Mom at the piano. As she grew, so did her passion for music. Today, Chrisette’s jazzy, sultry tones have been compared to both classic and contemporary artists including Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Karen Carpenter and Norah Jones. Although she has been performing in and beyond the Twin Cities for 17 years, she recently picked up the mic at the Open Jazz Jam at Crooners and caught the attention of club owner Larry Dunmore who remarked in his own, inimitable way, “Discovering your talent is rather akin to seeing a new comet for the first time.”




Friday illicit Jazz Workshop Presents & Masters Emerging | 7:00 – 10:30pm

$10 admission for both shows

Masters Emerging | 7:00 – 8:00pm


The Ben Ehrlich Trio brings together young Minnesota natives from their studies across the continent. Will Kjeer, Charlie Lincoln and Ben Ehrlich team up to play a wide variety of music, striving to honor the tradition of those who came before, as well as pushing boundaries through original compositions and arrangements. Hear the trio at


Ben Ehrlich – Drums
Will Kjeer – Piano
Charlie Lincoln – Bass

illicit Jazz Workshop | 8:30 – 10:30pm


Sam Worthington – Bass
Peter Goggin – Alto Saxophone 
Jordan Anderson – Piano 
Phil Hey – 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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Sunday | 6 – 8pm


Hosted by Cole Mahlum
$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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