Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns with live and virtual shows

. Branford Marsalis quartet at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival
James on Jazz

Jazz fans, it’s that time again. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented it from going forward last year, but the Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns this month and offers both outdoor and indoor concerts, many of which will be virtual but live, too. This year’s festival is set for June 24-27 and takes place at Crooners in Fridley and the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis.

Seating is limited at Crooners, where the big headliner and Grammy award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling will perform.

Other headliners include the Jazz Women All-Stars, featuring vocalists Patty Peterson and Ginger Commodore; Andrew Walesch; the JazzMN Orchestra with vocalist/keyboardist Ricky Peterson and saxophonist Bob Mintzer; vocalist Jamecia Bennett; and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and his quartet. Beloved Twin Cities pianists Tom West, and Laura Caviani will also perform.

Twin Cities’ favorite and former “The Voice” contestant Ashley DuBose will get the festival started at a live-stream concert at the Dakota.

The TC Jazz Festival is usually held at St. Paul’s Mears Park in Lowertown with thousands in attendance. Additional plans are in the works for the return of the festival in September 2021.

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