The JazzMN Orchestra is a nonprofit jazz arts organization and professional jazz orchestra based in Minnesota's Twin Cities area. Comprising 17 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players in the state of Minnesota, this remarkably versatile group performs in an annual concert series featuring international jazz artists, in addition to educational outreach events throughout the region.
This CD is a compilation of live recordings from the JazzMN Concert Series at the Hopkins HS Performing Arts Center, Minnetonka, MN; the Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN; and the Ted Mann Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN. The JazzMN Orchestra performs music familiar to general audiences and at the same time, introduces works, new and old, which lead listeners to discover the magic, mystery, beauty, and fire contained within the jazz art form. We invite you to share in this great adventure. Enjoy!
Doug Snapp, Artistic Director
Brian Grivna - alto (1, 3, 4, 6, 10), Pete Whitman - alto/tenor (all tracks), Dave Karr - tenor (1-7, 10), Dale Mendenhall - tenor (1-7), Kathy Jensen - bari (1-4, 6-9), David Milne - alto (2, 7-9), Clay Pufahl - alto/tenor (5, 8, 9), Mark Henderson - tenor (8-9), Greg Keel - bari (5), John Zimmerman - bari (10)
Michael Nelson (1-4, 6-9), Dave Graf (1, 3-6, 8-9), Ethan Freier (1-7), Wade Clark (1, 3-9), Dean Sorenson (2, 8-9), John Tranter (2), Scott Agster (5), Mike Paulsen (7)
Bob Hallgrimson (1-9), Steve Strand (1-4, 6), Jeff Gottwig (2, 4-6, 8-9), Dave Jensen (1-4, 6-9), Adam Rossmiller (1, 3, 5, 7), Steve Wagner (8-9), Jack Gillespie (5), Bernie Edstrom (7)
Mary Louise Knutson - piano (1-9); David Singley - guitar (1-6, 8-9); Terry Burns - bass (2, 4-6); Joe Pulice - drums (1-9); Ron Evanuik - bass (1, 3); Jay Young - bass (8-9); David Mendenhall - bass (7); Rey Rivera - percussion (2); Dave Hagedorn - percussion (8-9)
Connie Evingson (1), Debbie Duncan (6)