Join Patty Peterson in honoring our jazz pioneers. The broadcast of Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders concert, recorded live at the Minnesota History Center in May is now available on demand.
Patty reminisces with several Twin Cities jazz legends, who have achieved local and national acclaim, including Carei Thomas (piano), Steve Blons (guitar), Dean Brewington (sax), George Avaloz (drums/vocals), Betty Palmer (vocals), and Bill Evans and Charlie DeVore, both from The Hall Brothers Band.
These Jazz Legends are accompanied by the Phil Aaron Trio, featuring Phil Aaron (piano), Gary Rayor (bass) and Phil Hey (drums). Donald Washington joins Carei Thomas on his set. You’ll hear these jazz legends play music they love, and discuss how their individual journeys have become the musical history of Minnesota.
“Our Minnesota Legends are living proof that Jazz, which was born here in America, is still alive and thriving in Minnesota, regardless of one’s age,” Peterson says. “By featuring these artists in this unique live concert/radio format, we will learn what the musical environment was like in the Twin Cities at the beginning of their careers, and how it has unfolded into today’s jazz scene. The history and the stories of these artists will enlighten young and old alike, and prove just how fortunate we are to have so many incredible artists still residing in Minnesota, performing their craft.”
This production of Minnesota Jazz Legends is made possible through support from the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.