The Twin Cities Jazz Festival has announced its full schedule, one that features acclaimed national acts and a strong lineup of local and regional artists.
Headlined by pianist Cyrus Chestnut, the 15th annual festival begins with jazz performances at St. Paul Public Libraries. Sidewalk Café will perform June 16 at Central Library, followed by a June 19 show by pianist George Mauer at Merriam Park Branch Library and June 26 show by Salsabrosa at Riverview Library.
The festival then moves to St. Paul nightclubs and outdoor stages. Here are some highlights:
Amsterdam Bar presents a funk night, featuring five groups. They include The Nexus Ensemble, at 5 p.m., and New Sound Underground, at 11 p.m. At the Black Dog Café, saxophonist Donald Washington is booked for a 9:30 p.m. show.
Bryan Nichols Quintet
Mears Park Main Stage: the Illicit Sextet, 4 p.m., Kenny Werner Trio, 8:30 p.m.; Mears Park Sixth Street Stage: Mariano Flores Latin Jazz Group, 7 p.m.; Amsterdam Bar: guitarist Cory Wong, 6 p.m.; Bryan Nichols Quintet, 7:30 p.m.; Jazz Central Presents (three great groups), 9:30-midnight. Artists Quarter: pianist Jon Weber, 9 p.m.; Black Dog Café: Triose, 7:30 p.m.; Hat Trick Lounge: bassist Yohannes Tona, 8 p.m.
Union Depot stage: Atlantis Quartet. Mears Park Sixth Street Stage: the Adam Meckler Orchestra, followed by Salsa del Soul. Amsterdam Bar: Jazz Central Presents (four great groups). Black Dog Café: Joel Shapira Trio. Mears Park Main Stage: drummer Matt Slocum and saxophonist, Walter Smith III, 6 p.m.; Cyrus Chestnut Trio, 8:30 p.m.
See the full festival schedule here.