The 2017-2018 season of Jazz@StBarney’s offers fourteen Saturday evenings of great jazz by some of the finest jazz artists in the Twin Cities.
Admission is always $10 adults, $7 Twin City Jazz Society members and $5 students (SBCA students admitted free).
All programs begin at 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and last 60-75 minutes. Seating is generally at tables, so you can easily enjoy the free snacks, lemonade and coffee provided. It’s a casual concert experience, good for both performers and audiences.
|September 9||Patty & the Buttons (trad ensemble)
Hot rhythm and happy feet! What you might find in a dancehall, cafe or speakeasy between 1920 and 1940: New Orleans Traditional Brass Bands, Early Blues, Gypsy Jazz and 1920’s Popular Song. more…
|September 23||Maud Hixson (vocalist): Moon River & Mercer
One of our favorites, Maud is a premiere singer of jazz classics. “Her vocal style is so warm, intimate and compelling – it’s clear that she cares about the words and telling the story,” says pianist Michael Feinstein. He’s spot on.
|October 14||Benny Weinbeck (piano) & Gordy Johnson (bass)
A consummate jazz pianist, composer of film scores and producer teams up with a bassist who’s recorded and/or toured with Benny and other notables, among them Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson, and the Paul Winter Consort.
|November 4||Connie Evingson (vocalist)
If you haven’t heard her, it’s time to fill that void in your life. If you have, I need say nothing more. She’s that good. And that’s not hype.
|December 2||Butch Thompson (piano), Tony Balluff (clarinet), & Steve Pikal (bass)
Sublime clarinet, legendary piano and unsurpassed bass – what more could you ask for in an evening of jazz? NOTE: This concert will be in the Sanctuary.
|December 16||Judi Vinar (vocalist) & Lori Dokken (piano)
The lady who can sing anything – really! – accompanied by the lady who not only can play anything, but might just say and do anything, too – an evening of unsurpassed music and guaranteed fun!!
|December 30||Big Band Christmas: Jazz on the Prairie & KCGO Big Band (6:00 start)
It’s back! Two of our favorite big bands play your seasonal favorites Big Band Style!
|January 13||Erin Livingston (vocalist)
Singer, songwriter, classical flutist, cabaret artist, a frequent singer at the St. Paul Hotel’s Lobby Bar – and now we get her here. My, oh, my – can this lady sell a tune! Just wait until you hear her!
|February 3||Rick Carlson (piano) & Steve Pikal (bass)
Two of the best doing what they do. Steve Pikal enjoys life more than anybody else on the planet, and Rick Carlson makes us all feel like Steve Pikal. An overdose of Botox is the only reason you’d leave the concert this evening without a smile on your face.
|February 24||Prudence Johnson & Dan Chouinard: A Night of Gershwin
Take a lady who’s sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Gorky Park, and a mosque in Israel. Match her up with a pianist/accordionist/writer who’s mastered the art of creating live shows for MPR, the MN Historical Society, the Fitz, et al, and say to them, “Give us a little Gershwin.” A night to remember.
|March 17||Rhonda Laurie (vocalist)
Her smooth, savvy style comes from her New York roots, honed in Manhattan nightclubs, but she’s all ours now – and what a treat she is!
|April 14||Mary Louise Knutson (piano)
“One of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time,” she tours regularly with Doc Severinsen, backs up Connie Evingson and Debbie Duncan and is the go-to pianist for JazzMN.
|April 28||Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion Orchestra (valse-musette)
A loungy, eclectic mix, full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the Cafe Accordion repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. It’s beautiful, it’s toe-tapping, it’s a great evening out.
|May 19||Travis Anderson Trio (piano)
A rollicking end to our eleventh and biggest season of jazz – if you can’t have fun listening to these guys, you probably just can’t have fun, period.