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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

Kari Arnett

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Growing up in rural south central Wisconsin, Kari Arnett was experimenting with writing, playing, and singing music from a young age, including teaching herself to play piano. It wasn’t until her early 20s that Arnett taught herself guitar and began performing as a traveling musician. Soon her inspirations led her to draw rich sounds from older country/folk styles of music and brought her into the Americana scene. Surfacing lyrics from love and loss, Arnett’s lush, imaginative, poetic approach to narrative songwriting may appeal to fans of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch or Brandi Carlile. While more old-school folk/country lovers, who enjoy Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams or Emmylou Harris, may appreciate Arnett’s use of music as the universal outlet to convey emotion in the spaces between the silence and the sound.

Currently based in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Kari Arnett is a singer/songwriter who procures a light of introspection while live onstage and whose voice touches the depths of souls.

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J.T. Bates’ GRAIN Trio

June 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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JT Bates is steeped in the diverse and rich music scene in Minneapolis, MN. Growing up playing in his father’s big band alongside his two brothers was the spark that kept him hungry for more music. Along with being very active and sought after in Minneapolis, music has also taken him to many parts of the globe.  He has been seen with the following bands: Fat Kid Wednesdays, Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer, French cellist Didier Petit, The Pines, Face Candy (featuring Eyedea), Bryan Nichols Quintet, along with countless gigs in the Twin Cities and around the country.

J.T. Bates – Drums
Kevin Gastonguay – B3 Organ
Zacc Harris – Guitar

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Jon Weber

June 22 @ 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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Mary Louise Knutson Trio

June 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Minneapolis-based jazz pianist and composer Mary Louise Knutson has been called “one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time.” Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene.

Knutson tours regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his big band (featuring Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts), has toured the U.S. with her own trio, and Italy with vocalist Debbie Duncan.

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Connie Evingson w/Jon Weber, Dave Karr, Francisco Mela

June 22 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Jazz vocalist Connie Evingson is known for taking divergent musical paths. Her recorded catalog of acclaimed CD’s ranging from jazz and Broadway standards to the music of Peggy Lee, the Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Dave Frishberg, Norman Gimbel and more reflects an adventurous spirit that knows no boundaries.

Whether singing bebop, bossa nova, big band swing or a ballad, Connie’s voice is readily identifiable – sure in pitch, a tad smoky in places, razor sharp in articulation and exhibiting an inherent sense of swing that’s dead-center in the pocket. Nominated as JazzWeek Vocalist of the Year in 2005 alongside Stacey Kent, Madeleine Peyroux, Tierney Sutton and Curtis Stigers, Connie has been featured on the Smithsonian’s Jazz Singers radio series, NPR’s Fresh Air and Weekend Edition, and is included on numerous compilations in the U.S., China and Japan. She is a two-time recipient of both the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist’s Initiative Grant.

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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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Jam w/Jon Weber

June 22 @ 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 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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