Jorge Luis Pacheco returns virtuallly via Jazz Fest Live on May 28. He was a headliner at the 2019 festival.

So who knew this 20th century art form would depend on 21st century technology? Although live music is mostly on hiatus, musicians and venues have been creative in maintaining jazz connections through rebroadcasts, individual you tube and facebook postings, and now scheduling of live concerts for virtual audiences. This calendar will try to maintain a listing of scheduled jazz events as well as opportunities to support our musicians and venues. While there are many other listening opportunities via individual Facebook, Instagram and You Tube posts, it would be impossible to keep up with those activities here. JP readers are encouraged to watch for those posts, get on favorite musician mailing lists, and just keep your ears open. Don’t forget regular programming on KBEM and other stations–jazz on the air is still on the air! Musicians and venues: send me info on scheduled performances, live or virtual. If you have a regularly scheduled performance accessible via Facebook or other platforms, also notify me at (For example, Fred Hersch has a daily 30-minute performance at 1 pm EST, Facebook Live..)

Jazz Fest Live! Yes, the Twin Cities Jazz Fest set for late June has been canceled, although Steve Heckler still hopes to find a way to bring some sort of programming to us in the fall. But with the technology of live streaming, Twin Cities Jazz Fest and AARP Minnesota bring us a weekly live performance featuring some of our favorites festival performers. Jon Weber led off the series on April 9 and upcoming concerts are listed on the fest live stream schedule (and watch for listings on the festival website.) The shows are archived in case you miss one.

Jazz at Lincoln Center has daily online programming, They also list daily live streams from other sources:  

Pippi and Daniel’s Virtual Home Concert. Recently transplanted to Galesburg IL, vocalist Pippi Ardennia was a recent star on the local jazz scene as well as promoter of jazz education. With pianist Daniel Leahy, she continues her “pipjazz” celebrations of life and music, now via virtual home concerts every Thursday night at 7 pm (CDT) at her Facebook page (Pippi Ardennia).

With the lifting of Shelter in Place as of May 18, we might start seeing some small scale live events, including the launch of Crooner’s Lakeside Drive In series, starting June 1. Stay in your car just like the drive-in movies, see and hear live music on an outdoor stage in front of Moore Lake. The kitchen will have a limited menu of items delivered to your car. All that’s missing is the A&W rootbeer!


More Virtual Jazz

. May 20, 7 pm. National Jazz Museum in Harlem presents CRIB Collective Concert, featuring performances by Christian McBride, Jon Batiste, and Catherine Russell. Presented with the National Arts Club. Free via Facebook but limited tickets,   

. May 21, Jazz Fest Live: Matthew Whitaker, 7 pm; 

. May 22, Shifting Paradigm’s Quarantine Concert series: Solo sets by Chicago artists Chad McCullough, Evan Salvacion Levine, Casey Nielsen, Hunter Diamond and Chris Weller, 7pm.  Tickets at 

. May 28, Jazz Fest Live: Jorge Pacheco; 7 pm


Live Jazz!

Crooners Lakeside Drive In concert series (watch, listen to live jazz on the lakeside stage from your car), see full schedule at :

. June 1, Joyann Parker

. June 2, Michael Monroe

. June 3, Cafe Accordion

. June 4, Ginger Commodore and Jesse Larson

.June 5, Jennifer and Reid Grimm

. June 6, Andrew Walesch Big Band (Sinatra)

. June 7, Arne Fogel with Rick Carlson (Bing’s Birthday) 4 pm/ Debbie Duncan 7 pm

. June 8,  Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard 4 pm/Dane Stauffer and Dan Chouinard 7 pm

. June 9, Pat Donahue Blues Guitar Summit

. June 10, Mick Stirling (Songs of Van Morrison) 4pm, Songs of Billy Joel 7 pm

. July 11, Patty Peterson’s Jazz Women All Stars


More Scheduled and Rescheduled Live Jazz (subject to cancellation)

. June 22, Bireli Lagrene at The Dakota

. June 23-24, Christian McBride Situation at The Dakota

. June 27, Peterson Family “Legacy” at The Dakota

. September 9,  Omar Sosa and Marialy Pacheco at The Dakota

. September 17-18, Jose’ James at The Dakota

. October 12, Bill Charlap in the Dunsmore Jazz Room

. December 3, Stacy Kent at The Dakota