Twin Cities Jazz Festival officially begins on June 22 in Mears Park

© Andrea Canter

After a relaxing week in San Francisco and the North Bay (including an evening concert from Joe Lovano and his new “Classic Quartet”), I am happy to be back in the Jazz Cities as we heat up to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Young lions and seasoned veterans, locals and visitors,  combine to give us a wide range of modern jazz leading up to Thursdays’ official festival opening with Emmet Cohen and Terence Blanchard at Mears Park.

 

Big Gigs This Week

Friday, June 16.  At Jazz Central, it’s the last chance (for a while at least) to hear UMD bassist Adam Booker before he moves East to a bass faculty position at Appalachian State University. His trio includes Levi Schwartzberg on vibes and Ben Ophoven-Baldwin on drums.

Some cool jazz for dinner sets at the Icehouse brings together Dave Graf and Javi Santiago, trombone and piano, long-lasting veteran and young upstart. And a duo combination seldom heard in jazz.  READ MORE!