275 4th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
Golden’s Lowertown is pleased to announce it is hosting seven performances during the 2017 Twin Cities Jazz Festival! The festival was created in 1999 to celebrate jazz, making this quintessentially American music available free of charge to all attendees. It continues today, still free and still celebrating a music style that spans all ages, races and lifestyles. Held in Saint Paul since 2009, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival has been credited with helping build the city’s vibrant Lowertown district, where some 90,000 jazz-lovers and jazz-curious mingled in and around Mears Park for the 2016 festival.
2017 Schedule at Golden’s Lowertown
JUNE 22, 2017
8PM – Ahmed and the Creators – The Creators are trumpeter Ahmed Abdulkarim’s vehicle for no-nonsense straight ahead jazz, which has resulted in well received gigs all over the Twin Cities since this group first came together. The rest of the Creators are Jimmy Wallace (tenor saxophone), Tom Lewis (bass), Pierre Lewis (piano), and Batume (drums).
JUNE 23, 2017
7PM – Mississippi – This talented ensemble of Twin Cities’ post-bop veterans recently released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut. Comprised of Pete Whitman (saxophone), Jeff Bailey (bass), Peter Schimke (piano), Kevin Washington (drums) and occasionally joined by Peruvian guitarist Andres Prado, their originals and well-chosen standards are a vehicle for challenging improvisations, and invigorating interplay.
9:30PM – Hard Bop Collective – After cutting his teeth on bandstands and in classrooms from Denver to New York City, drummer Jesse Simon took a long hiatus from jazz. Exposure to the burgeoning Twin Cities jazz scene rekindled his obsession, resulting in the birth of the MN Hard Bop Collective, a rotating cast devoted to the gospel of Blakey and Blue Note.
JUNE 24, 2017
5PM – Alicia Renee – Saint Paul-based singer Renee composes and performs in a variety of contexts from jazz, to acapella, pop or country. A member of the acapella group Sound Exchange, Renee is also active in voice/acting coaching.
6:30PM – Travis Anderson Trio – Honoring the jazz tradition with its own interpretation of the classic piano trio format, Anderson (piano), Nathan Norman (drums) and Steve Pikal (bass) showcase their technical facility with brisk tempos and surprising re-harmonization choices, without sacrificing the sense of swing or joie de vivre.
8PM – Ashen Fir – An outlet for the creative muse of Greg Byers, Ashen Fir places the leader’s cello in the forefront of the ensemble as its primary voice. Byers’ composition are alternately challengingly cerebral or viscerally absorbing, as his cello soars over the complex rhythms of his colleagues.
10PM – Silverback Trio – A relative newcomer on the Twin Cities jazz scene, set to release their debut recording a week after the jazz festival, their music is a fusion of contemporary jazz with a rock sensibility. Comprised of keyboardist/saxophonist David Hirsch, drummer Byron Johnson-Blanchard and bassist Brent Wallace, the group’s approach favors deep harmonic exploration over a propulsive backbeat.