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Being a part of the music community in Minnesota is a gift to every artist, listener and participant.  The stage of Vieux Carré is rich with history and whispers of musicians past. Today the tradition continues with a varied schedule highlighting local talents in many different genres with a focus on jazz, soul, blues, and the magic of each.  Patrons and artists share the room to commune in the celebration of life and each other.

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June 2017

Jon Weber

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Jon Weber, a true original, is rapidly emerging as a youthful, singular personality in jazz. Weber is best known as the worthy successor to the late Marian McPartland on the NPR staple “Piano Jazz.” He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath. Playing and talking, Mr. Weber takes us through a century of history, making it crystal clear what Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and the other figures on jazz piano’s Mount Rushmore.

It’s a wonderful thing when jazz insiders from all over the world enthusiastically discover an intelligent, creative young talent like Jon Weber. A spectacular solo pianist, his brilliantly crafted spontaneous orchestrations easily place him in the rarefied company of today’s elite jazz musicians.

“The tunes are mind-bendingly complex with overlapping time signatures, accent shifts, and rhythmic feels that swerve from Cuban montunos to Indian tabla patterns to straight-ahead jazz at the blink of an eye. Weber spiked his challenging charts with infectious latin grooves while fellow musicians rode the odd-metered passages with unflappable poise.” – The Age – Melbourne, AU.

“Jon Weber is a virtuoso pianist with outstanding technique plus boundless imagination and enthusiasm who is bound to make a big impression on the international jazz scene.” – UK’s Jazz Journal International

“He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath.” – Wall Street journal

“Jon Weber is a virtuoso – pure and simple.” – All About Jazz

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Tribute to Bobby Peterson w/Will Kjeer, Billy Peterson, Kenny Horst

June 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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A special tribute to one of the legends of Twin Cities jazz, the late Bobby Peterson. Cousin of Linda, Patty, Ricky and Paul Peterson, Bobby was one of the most remarkable pianists to perform in the Midwest, and is often cited as teacher, mentor and role model of the next generation of Twin Cities’ jazz pianists. 20-year-old Will Kjeer is a logical choice to pay homage to Bobby, himself a prodigious talent who has performed at the festival since his early teens at Uncle Kenny Horst’s Artists Quarter, and beyond with his own bands, the Dakota Combo, Hoaxer, Group 47 and more. He joins Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst, Bobby’s partners on the recording Live at the Artists Quarter. – Andrea Canter

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Emmet Cohen

June 23 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts.  A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept.  Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.”  In the same spirit, Cohen himself has noted that playing jazz is “about communicating the deepest level of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences.  Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an expansive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.

A powerful and charismatic performer, Emmet Cohen possess wide-ranging talents that are reinvigorating the contemporary arts world both domestically and internationally and are received enthusiastically worldwide.

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Jam w/Jon Weber

June 23 @ 10:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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Jon Weber, a true original, is rapidly emerging as a youthful, singular personality in jazz. Weber is best known as the worthy successor to the late Marian McPartland on the NPR staple “Piano Jazz.” He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath. Playing and talking, Mr. Weber takes us through a century of history, making it crystal clear what Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and the other figures on jazz piano’s Mount Rushmore.

It’s a wonderful thing when jazz insiders from all over the world enthusiastically discover an intelligent, creative young talent like Jon Weber. A spectacular solo pianist, his brilliantly crafted spontaneous orchestrations easily place him in the rarefied company of today’s elite jazz musicians.

“The tunes are mind-bendingly complex with overlapping time signatures, accent shifts, and rhythmic feels that swerve from Cuban montunos to Indian tabla patterns to straight-ahead jazz at the blink of an eye. Weber spiked his challenging charts with infectious latin grooves while fellow musicians rode the odd-metered passages with unflappable poise.” – The Age – Melbourne, AU.

“Jon Weber is a virtuoso pianist with outstanding technique plus boundless imagination and enthusiasm who is bound to make a big impression on the international jazz scene.” – UK’s Jazz Journal International

“He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath.” – Wall Street journal

“Jon Weber is a virtuoso – pure and simple.” – All About Jazz

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Jon Weber

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Jon Weber, a true original, is rapidly emerging as a youthful, singular personality in jazz. Weber is best known as the worthy successor to the late Marian McPartland on the NPR staple “Piano Jazz.” He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath. Playing and talking, Mr. Weber takes us through a century of history, making it crystal clear what Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and the other figures on jazz piano’s Mount Rushmore.

It’s a wonderful thing when jazz insiders from all over the world enthusiastically discover an intelligent, creative young talent like Jon Weber. A spectacular solo pianist, his brilliantly crafted spontaneous orchestrations easily place him in the rarefied company of today’s elite jazz musicians.

“The tunes are mind-bendingly complex with overlapping time signatures, accent shifts, and rhythmic feels that swerve from Cuban montunos to Indian tabla patterns to straight-ahead jazz at the blink of an eye. Weber spiked his challenging charts with infectious latin grooves while fellow musicians rode the odd-metered passages with unflappable poise.” – The Age – Melbourne, AU.

“Jon Weber is a virtuoso pianist with outstanding technique plus boundless imagination and enthusiasm who is bound to make a big impression on the international jazz scene.” – UK’s Jazz Journal International

“He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath.” – Wall Street journal

“Jon Weber is a virtuoso – pure and simple.” – All About Jazz

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Jordan Anderson

June 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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A recent graduate of Nova Classical Academy, Anderson is active in the Twin Cities jazz scene. A student of classical and jazz piano, he has attended Walker West Music Academy and studied privately with Peter Schimke. He has performed with the Dakota Combo, PipJazz, and the Walker West jazz band.

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Laura Caviani Trio

June 24 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Local jazz piano angel Laura Caviani is perhaps best known for her studies of Thelonious Monk’s angular bebop piano stylings. She has also received a lot of national attention for her several original CDs. Her joyful, buoyant playing and smart, inventive horn and vocal arrangements make her one of the most original pianistic voices in town.

“Laura’s persona and her music overlap seamlessly — simultaneously beautiful, intelligent, searching, graceful, witty, warm, and passionate.”
– Fred Sturm, Lawrence University

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Jam w/Jon Weber

June 24 @ 10:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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Jon Weber, a true original, is rapidly emerging as a youthful, singular personality in jazz. Weber is best known as the worthy successor to the late Marian McPartland on the NPR staple “Piano Jazz.” He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath. Playing and talking, Mr. Weber takes us through a century of history, making it crystal clear what Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and the other figures on jazz piano’s Mount Rushmore.

It’s a wonderful thing when jazz insiders from all over the world enthusiastically discover an intelligent, creative young talent like Jon Weber. A spectacular solo pianist, his brilliantly crafted spontaneous orchestrations easily place him in the rarefied company of today’s elite jazz musicians.

“The tunes are mind-bendingly complex with overlapping time signatures, accent shifts, and rhythmic feels that swerve from Cuban montunos to Indian tabla patterns to straight-ahead jazz at the blink of an eye. Weber spiked his challenging charts with infectious latin grooves while fellow musicians rode the odd-metered passages with unflappable poise.” – The Age – Melbourne, AU.

“Jon Weber is a virtuoso pianist with outstanding technique plus boundless imagination and enthusiasm who is bound to make a big impression on the international jazz scene.” – UK’s Jazz Journal International

“He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath.” – Wall Street journal

“Jon Weber is a virtuoso – pure and simple.” – All About Jazz

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Rick Carlson

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Rick Carlson taught himself to play the piano by studying the vast works of Count Basie and Duke Ellington and capitalizing on a long string of happy accidents. He has also perfected the art of “circular drinking”, whereby he can sip martinis uninterrupted while still playing a cohesive piano solo.

He has been the pianist for the Wolverines Big Band since 1980. He is a sought-after accompanist by singers and has served as pianist and musical director for various local concert series, including those for the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s “J To Z” series, the Capri Theater’s “Legends” series, and for special presentations at the Heights Theatre and performing arts centers across the United States. He has performed on concert stages in London and New York City, and has appeared with Count Basie drummer Butch Miles, trumpeter Warren Vaché, New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher, and served as musical director, arranger and pianist in the Guthrie Theater’s presentation of “Coward’s Women”. He has opened for Rosemary Clooney, accompanied Kathryn Crosby in various cabaret shows, and counts Madeleine Peyroux among his many unwitting fans.

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Elliott Graber & the Family Vines

June 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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The Family Vines is a group of siblings who reflect the journey of a young man traveling far from home to pursue his dream, falling in love, finding himself, and returning to his roots. Visions of beauty and truth permeate throughout the music, tapping into the corners of every lovers brain. Graber brings these things to life with his gift for vibrant storytelling and sweet melody.

Elliott Graber is a singer, songwriter, and musician. Native to the Midwest, Graber has entertained audiences throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. His professional experience in the music, film, and theater industry has served him with great success over the past decade. He is currently continuing his music career in Minneapolis, MN and Los Angeles, California.

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