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Jazz Central Studios

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Jazz Central Studios is dedicated to preserving the innovative jazz arts in the Twin Cities. We present live music to the community in a non-commercial listening environment and encourage collaboration and education among musicians of wide and varied experience.

Jazz Central Studios is a tax exempt 501c3 tax exempt organization EIN 45-3039080. JCS is committed to strengthening the Twin Cities jazz community by offering a performance/educational environment that nurtures artistic growth.

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upcoming events

  • Iron Chops with Jon Wood
    Iron Chops with Jon Wood
    Sat, Feb 24
    Feb 24, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Feb 24, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jon Wood - guitar
  • Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
    Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
    Tue, Feb 27
    Feb 27, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Feb 27, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Founded in 2014 by Geoffrey West Senn (trumpet) and Mac Santiago (percussionist/drum set), the Twin Cites Latin Jazz Orchestra (TCLJO) brings together the drama of big band jazz, the rhythmic intensity of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the Twin Cities’ most accomplished musicians.
  • Drake University Jazz 1
    Drake University Jazz 1
    Thu, Feb 29
    Feb 29, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Feb 29, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Drake University’s Jazz Ensemble One, under the direction of the Fred and Patty Turner Professor of Jazz Studies, Andrew Classen, is the University’s premier jazz ensemble.
  • Gifted Handz
    Gifted Handz
    Fri, Mar 01
    Mar 01, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 01, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Gifted Handz is a gospel-fusion music group that is devoted to engaging with music lovers through their performances, and creating art that is informative, influential, and inspiring.
  • Better Mistakes (with special guests!)
    Better Mistakes (with special guests!)
    Sat, Mar 02
    Mar 02, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 02, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Better Mistakes is a tuba, guitar, drums trio pulling heavily from the Twin Cities brass band and avant jazz scenes. The tunes range from early jazz to Ornette and Brazilian choro to Balkan burners, and so much more.
  • Bill Simenson Orchestra
    Bill Simenson Orchestra
    Tue, Mar 05
    Mar 05, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Mar 05, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    All original big band music! The Bill Simenson Orchestra is a 17 piece big band (5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drums). Since June of 2012 the band has performed the first Tuesday of every month at Jazz Central Studios.
  • Solo Piano: Mike Eckroth
    Solo Piano: Mike Eckroth
    Wed, Mar 06
    Mar 06, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Mar 06, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    A solo piano concert featuring Mike Eckroth. Michael Eckroth, pianist and keyboardist, is an active performer in New York and worldwide, having performed extensively with musicians such as jazzicons John Scofield, Ron McClure, Eliot Zigmund and Paul McCandless.
  • Chris Hepola and House on Fire
    Chris Hepola and House on Fire
    Fri, Mar 08
    Mar 08, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 08, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    HOF does not have a strong emphasis on genre, though you can hear the influences in the music. Each song has its own path of development. The music has grounded melodic and harmonic roots with specific rhythmic and polyrhythmic layers. The many voices function together to create a cohesive sound.
  • Tanner Taylor
    Tanner Taylor
    Sat, Mar 09
    Mar 09, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 09, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Tanner Taylor, pianist, will present an evening of music with a band.
  • Cedar Avenue Big Band
    Cedar Avenue Big Band
    Wed, Mar 13
    Mar 13, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Mar 13, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    This 16 piece band boosts having been on-going for the last 35 years . Originally under the musical direction of arranger/ composer Steve Devich, they have built a library of big band music containing over 450 charts!
  • JD Allen
    JD Allen
    Fri, Mar 15
    Mar 15, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 15, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and harddriving style,” JD Allen is a bright light on today’s international jazz scene.
  • IRIS
    IRIS
    Sat, Mar 16
    Mar 16, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 16, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Join IRIS at Jazz Central Studios for a celebration of their upcoming debut album, releasing this May! You'll hear tunes old and new, from classics to compositions penned by the band's members.
  • Explosion Big Band
    Explosion Big Band
    Tue, Mar 19
    Mar 19, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Mar 19, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Led by chief detonators Doug Haining, sax, and Scott Agster, trombone, the Explosion Big Band draws from the area’s finest musicians. The EXPLOSION is ready to detonate with the classic sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and more modern sounds of Thad Jones, Clare Fischer, Pat Metheny & others.
  • JCS @ JCS: Creative Collaborations
    JCS @ JCS: Creative Collaborations
    Wed, Mar 20
    Mar 20, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 20, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Every third Wednesday of the month, JC Sanford will host various improvisers from the Twin Cities area to engage in sonic explorations and deep communications.
  • Pete James Johnson trio
    Pete James Johnson trio
    Fri, Mar 22
    Mar 22, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 22, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    An evening of music by local composer and drummer Pete James Johnson. Paul Hecht - piano Dan Carpel - bass Pete James Johnson - drums
  • Kent Goodroad
    Kent Goodroad
    Sat, Mar 23
    Mar 23, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 23, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jazz trio featuring Kent Goodroad, Josh Kaplan, and Jason Wells.
  • Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
    Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
    Tue, Mar 26
    Mar 26, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Mar 26, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Founded in 2014 by Geoffrey West Senn (trumpet) and Mac Santiago (percussionist/drum set), the Twin Cites Latin Jazz Orchestra (TCLJO) brings together the drama of big band jazz, the rhythmic intensity of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the Twin Cities’ most accomplished musicians.
  • Ted Olsen
    Ted Olsen
    Fri, Mar 29
    Mar 29, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Mar 29, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    A concert of music by local composer and bassist Ted Olsen.

Location

Jazz Central Studios is located in the Old St. Anthony neighborhood on the west bank of the Mississippi river. The main entrance is directly across the street from the Aveda Institute at the corner of 4th Street Southeast and Central Avenue Southeast.

 

Parking

Metered street parking is available on our block but be sure to verify times.

 

Address

407 Central Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Lower Level)

Phone

612-695-7573

EMAIL

info@jazzcentralstudios.org

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