JazzMN is live music at its finest.
The JazzMN Orchestra is the Twin Cities premier professional jazz ensemble, comprised of the top jazz musicians in the metro area, featuring world class guest artists and providing educational programs to schools and colleges throughout the region.
Guest Artist Terence Blanchard with JazzMN’s Mary Louise Knutson. Photo credit: Steve Peterson
The Big Band is Back
Kurt Elling Opens the JazzMN Season at Crooners
“A kind of Sinatra with superpowers.”
There’s no better way to start a new season with the JazzMN Orchestra than with guest artist and two-time Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling. Elling will join JazzMN in the Belvedere at Crooners, under the direction of long-time JazzMN saxophonist Pete Whitman.
See our Concerts page for more information and learn why Kurt Elling is widely considered one of the leading male vocalists.
Don’t miss the exciting JazzMN Orchestra with the incomparable Kurt Elling.
What is JazzMN doing between concerts to inspire and foster the next generation of jazz musicians?
Winter Jazz Blast is one of those initiatives.
An Educational Workshop & Showcase for High School Jazz Bands
Presented in collaboration with Anoka Ramsey Community College
On March 25, this long-running high school jazz band event returns, this time in cooperation with Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
High school band directors can find more information on our Education page
Expose. Educate. Inspire.
It all starts with JazzMN’s mission: To cultivate the love of jazz. The goal of JazzMN’s educational outreach program is to ensure the sustainability of jazz for generations to come. These programs provide an opportunity for music students to learn from-and then play alongside-JazzMN musicians in a variety of settings. JazzMN musicians and guest artists have provided educational clinics, master classes and performances to thousands of students throughout the region.
Info for Band Directors
JazzMN offers great resources to help give your students a greater introduction to the world of Jazz. Let us help you with:
- Providing a concert at your school in some combination with your student ensembles
- Providing instruction tailored to your student and ensemble needs
- JazzMN can provide any level of educational services requested and we are always willing to customize a combination of services to achieve your educational goals.