Ten Years of Minnesota Jazz Legends

Some of Minnesota’s most iconic and longstanding jazz musicians will tell their stories and perform in a concert during Jazz Appreciation Month. Minnesota Jazz Legends is an intimate afternoon of live music and inspiring stories, and a multimedia record of their lives and legacies, now in its tenth year. Jazz88 host and vocalist Patty Peterson is host and producer.

Presented by Jazz88, this special concert will be held at the Minnesota History Center on Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 2 to 4 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 ages 5-17. MNHS members and Jazz88 listener members save 20%.  Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.mnhs.org/events/1494 or by calling 651-259-3015

This year’s honorees are saxophonist/clarinetist and music educator, Brian Grivna, pianist/arranger Mikkel Romstad, internationally known cardiologist, saxophonist, clarinetist and practitioner of New Orleans Jazz, Dr. Henry Blackburn, and award winning jazz vocalist and educator, the late Roberta Davis.

These Jazz Legends will perform music they love and talk about how their individual journeys have become a part of the musical history of Minnesota. The legends are accompanied by the Phil Aaron Trio, featuring pianist Phil Aaron, bassist Graydon Peterson and drummer Phil Hey.

On the subject of her ten years of producing the Legends project, Peterson says, “I have always loved being a part of preserving the history of Jazz in Minnesota. Presenting these national treasures is proof that this jazz art form is still very much alive and thriving in Minnesota and everywhere.”

This performance will be recorded for a later broadcast. It will also be archived for on demand listening at Jazz88.fm Minnesota Jazz Legends is supported by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and Jazz88.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs, and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories, and connects people with history.

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