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Jazz Central Studios

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Through our performances, workshops, and educational programs, we strive to cultivate a vibrant and inclusive jazz community that values creativity, authenticity, and a shared passion for the art form. At Jazz Central Studios, we believe that music has the power to connect people, transcend boundaries, and inspire positive change.

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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If you can't make it to Jazz Central Studios, you can tune into our live stream every Friday and Saturday night (and select Thursdays) at JCS from 8-9:30pm. It’s free and easy. 

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upcoming events

  • Explosion Big Band
    Explosion Big Band
    Tue, Jun 18
    Jun 18, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Jun 18, 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, Jun 19
    Jun 19, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jun 19, 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.
  • Leigh Kamman Emerging Masters Night: Matt Trice
    Leigh Kamman Emerging Masters Night: Matt Trice
    Thu, Jun 20
    Jun 20, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jun 20, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    An evening of music lead by saxophonist Matt Trice.
  • Latin Soultet at TCJF
    Latin Soultet at TCJF
    Fri, Jun 21
    Jun 21, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Jun 21, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Come see the Jazz Central Studios Stage at Dark Horse in Lowertown, Saint Paul!
  • Aaron Hedenstrom: Rhinocerous Dynasty at TCJF
    Aaron Hedenstrom: Rhinocerous Dynasty at TCJF
    Fri, Jun 21
    Jun 21, 2024, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Jun 21, 2024, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Come see the Jazz Central Studios Stage at Dark Horse in Lowertown, Saint Paul!
  • Pierre Lewis Organ Trio at TCJF
    Pierre Lewis Organ Trio at TCJF
    Sat, Jun 22
    Jun 22, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Jun 22, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Come see the Jazz Central Studios Stage at Dark Horse in Lowertown, Saint Paul!
  • Sophia Kickhofel at TCJF
    Sophia Kickhofel at TCJF
    Sat, Jun 22
    Jun 22, 2024, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Jun 22, 2024, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Come see the Jazz Central Studios Stage at Dark Horse in Lowertown, Saint Paul!
  • Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
    Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
    Tue, Jun 25
    Jun 25, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Jun 25, 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.
  • Leigh Kamman Emerging Masters Night: Bok Choy
    Leigh Kamman Emerging Masters Night: Bok Choy
    Thu, Jun 27
    Jun 27, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jun 27, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Bok Choy returns to Jazz Central for an evening of music!
  • Tommy Boynton and Ted Godbout
    Tommy Boynton and Ted Godbout
    Fri, Jun 28
    Jun 28, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jun 28, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Michael Gold Quartet
    Michael Gold Quartet
    Sat, Jun 29
    Jun 29, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jun 29, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    These veterans of the twin cities jazz scene will be performing the music of: Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley, and Sam Rivers. Featuring: Brad Holden - alto sax Phil Aaron - piano Nathan Norman - drums Michael Gold - bass
  • Bill Simenson Orchestra
    Bill Simenson Orchestra
    Tue, Jul 02
    Jul 02, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Jul 02, 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: Steven Hobert
    Solo Piano: Steven Hobert
    Wed, Jul 03
    Jul 03, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Jul 03, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Steven Hobert will present a solo piano concert. Steven's transportive sound on piano, accordion, vocals and composition comes from the heart embodys Wonder and Mystery. He seeks to facilitate playfulness, healing, provoke compassion and warmly sink into the moment.
  • Paul Silbergleit Trio
    Paul Silbergleit Trio
    Fri, Jul 05
    Jul 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jul 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Veteran Milwaukee-area guitarist Paul Silbergleit returns to JCS, once again with fabulous Minneapolis/Wisconsin bassist Jeremey Boettcher, and this time joined by the Twin Cities' own Pete James Johnson on drums!
  • Remember-in' with the MVL Quintet
    Remember-in' with the MVL Quintet
    Sat, Jul 06
    Jul 06, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jul 06, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Trumpeter, Mitch Van Laar, pays tribute to the great Miles Davis' quintet during the Prestige era.
  • Cedar Avenue Big Band
    Cedar Avenue Big Band
    Tue, Jul 09
    Jul 09, 2024, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Jul 09, 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!
  • Sarah Navratil
    Sarah Navratil
    Fri, Jul 12
    Jul 12, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jul 12, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Saxophonist, Sarah Navratil, plays an evening of music.
  • Ted Olsen
    Ted Olsen
    Sat, Jul 13
    Jul 13, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jul 13, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    An evening of music by bassist/composer, 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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