Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to Mears Park Sept. 17–18

Photo by Fran Kaufman Kenny Barron

Enjoy the sultry sounds of jazz outdoors, as the Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns this September with two days of music in beautiful Mears Park. This year’s festival will be headlined by award-winning pianist Kenny Barron and his trio, rising star Emmet Cohen, and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet. A second stage will be set up on 5th Street and programmed with music to dance to—swing, salsa, funk.

The Jazz Fest attracts thousands of music fans who support our local businesses. “Throughout the pandemic, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival has remained committed to our musicians, jazz fans, and community. For the past 16 months, we’ve been hosting Jazz Fest Live, a weekly virtual concert series and have watched our numbers soar. We have music lovers logging in from all 50 states and several countries,” said Steve Heckler, Twin Cities Jazz Festival’s executive director. “We appreciate all the donations that have allowed us to continue to bring live music into homes weekly. Together, we can help Minnesota rebound.”

Find this year’s lineup and more details below:


Friday, September 17

Highway Credit Union Mears Park Stage

5:30 pm – Emmet Cohen with Special Guest Patrick Bartley

7:30 pm  – Kenny Barron Trio

Xcel Energy’s Jazz on the 5th Street Stage

4-5 pm  – Maryann Sullivan & the Money Makers

6:30 -7:30 pm – Selby Avenue Brass Band

Saturday, September 18

Highway Credit Union Mears Park Stage

12:30 pm Walker West Music Academy & MacPhail Center for Music Youth Performances

3 pm –   Twin Cities Seven

5 pm –   Moore By Four

7:30 pm –  Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

Xcel Energy’s Jazz on the 5th Street Stage

2-3 pm –  Jack Brass Band

4-5 pm – Katia Cardenas

6:30 -7:30 pm – Salsa del Soul

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, established in 1999, is a non-profit organization, with a mission to keep the art form of jazz alive and well in our community. Support for the 2021 Twin Cities Jazz Festival is provided by AARP, Xcel Energy, Hiway Credit Union, RBC Wealth Management, Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, Pillars Senior Living, Summit Brewery, and many other supporters.

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