This Week’s Concert Line-up at Jazz Central Studios (May 14th – 20th)

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


Hosted by Katia Cardenas
$10 admission. $5 with a student ID & musicians with instruments.

Twin Cities’ based group World Jazz Collegium has been blending traditions and innovations of American jazz with elements of Mediterranean, African, Latin, Gypsy, and world classical music. The group’s repertoire consists primarily of Pavel Jany’s original material, enriched by renditions of pieces by Jaco Pastorius, Hermeto Pascoal, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and other giants of modern jazz.

World Jazz Collegium Website

Pavel Jany – Guitars
John Croarkin – Sax/Flute
Dan Weston – Bass
Beth Varela – Drums

Plus special guest Steven Hobert on keyboards



Hosted by Monday’s Featured Artist following the first set.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate regardless of experience level.

Tuesday Big Band | 8:30 – 10:30pm


Hosted by Spencer Becker
$10 admission. $5 with a Student ID

Led by chief detonators Doug Haining, sax, and Scott Agster, trombone, the EXPLOSION big band draws from the area’s finest musicians. The EXPLOSION is ready to detonate with the classic sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and more modern sounds of Thad Jones, Clare Fischer, Pat Metheny and others. The EXPLOSION ignites big band chestnuts, blasts into rock, erupts into swing, and will provide the BIG BANG at any concert or event. A big band of explosive magnitude, the EXPLOSION will get your feet tapping, your hands clapping and get you ready for lift off!

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


Tom Kanthak
$10 admission. $5 with a Student ID.

Pete Whitman – Saxophones
Omid Huttar – Guitars
Javi Santiago – Keys
Yonathan Bekure – bass
LA Buckner – Drums


Thursday Vocal Night | 8 – 10pm


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

Katia Cardenas is a luminous, multi-genre vocalist, who has performed nation-wide, inspiring audiences with her smooth, powerful voice and infectious, uplifting energy. Recognized for her impeccable range, and dynamic stylings, she has been performing since an early age. Katia has been most influenced by Ella Fitzgerald’s spirited jazz standards, Aretha Franklin’s high-powered R&B flavors and Astrid Giberto’s dulcet bossa tones. Performing an inspired and enticing variety of musical styles with the Twin Cities top jazz players, she has been described as “a young but veteran vocalist who can cover Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, yet is equally adept at modern folk/pop/blues,” with “the pipes to get over an R&B tune, but also has the instincts and subtlety to handle jazz standards.”

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Friday illicit Jazz Workshop Presents | 8 – 10pm


Hosted by Laura Stone-Jeraj
$10 admission

Triocracy was formed in 1998 in Boston and continued to evolve through JC Sanford’s 16 years in New York City. The unconventional “chamber jazz” trio of trombone and 2 saxophones performs JC’s original works, collective improvisations, and often arrangements of music by diverse artists such as Stevie Wonder, Steven Sondheim, George Frideric Handel, Gerry Mulligan, and Billy Joel.

JC Sanford – Trombone
Brandon Wozniak and Bruce Thornton – Saxophones


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 Special | 7 – 9pm


$10 admission. $5 with Student ID

YFC3 is a newly formed power trio in the Twin Cities. By no means is this group strangers to the Twin Cities music scene, as it is comprised of members who have notable credits in their respective genres.
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Ethan Yeshaya – Bass
Cedric Fuller – Drums
Spencer Christensen – Guitar

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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