2021 COVID-19 Update
JazzMN has some good news to share! This spring we will be presenting virtual shows featuring small group ensembles. We are also planning one or more outdoor concerts featuring the full JazzMN Orchestra. Details will be provided on this website, so check it for the latest information. We are so excited to, once again, be able to present concerts that showcase the talents and artistry of our wonderful JazzMN musicians!
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
JazzMN Orchestra on Crooners’ New Outdoor Stage
w/ Ricky Peterson, Bob Mintzer and more!
Live and Live Streamed June 27th 6pm
This will be a big band show like no other. In addition to the world-class JazzMN Orchestra, special guests include Minnesota’s own Ricky Peterson (Prince, David Sanborn) on organ and voice, with Paul Peterson (Wings) bass, Joe Elliot guitar, and Gene Lake drums. And they will be joined by legendary saxophonist, composer, and arranger Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets) who arranged the music for this program.
This performance will feature charts from the breakout recording “Drop Shot” with Ricky Peterson and the WDR Big Band, based in Cologne, Germany. This will be the first time any of this music will be performed in Minnesota and only the second time in the US.
Only a few live-show tickets left so get yours now! Or reserve your free live stream.
JazzMN Returns to the Chanhassen with a new virtual performance
ICONS OF THE JAZZ SEXTET
Available to stream April 29th to June 24th, 2021
$20/single view or $40/household (up to 4 people)
The JazzMN Sextet, members of the larger JazzMN Orchestra, will recreate classic sextet favorites from the ’40s, ’50s and beyond with songs by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Art Farmer & Benny Golson’s Jazztet and more.
The JazzMN Sextet includes: JC Sanford, trombone and director; Pete Whitman, saxophones; Adam Rossmiller, trumpet; Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Jeff Bailey, bass and Phil Hey, drums.
Sit back in the comfort of your home and enjoy the sextet sound that made the legends of jazz household names while supporting Minnesota musicians! For tickets and info, click on the button below: