Emerging Artist Showcase // Season Finale

June 03, 2017 |6p

Saint Paul, MN US

Ted Olsen Quartet
Joe Mayo Quartet
Thomas Nordlund Quartet

Zacc Harris Group

May 10, 2017 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

Saint Paul, MN US

Jazz At Studio Z presents guitarist and composer Zacc Harris and his group featuring Bryan Nichols on piano, Chris Bates on bass, and JT Bates on drums. Harris will be presenting new compositions commissioned by the 2016 Minnesota Emerging Composers Award in preparation for a new studio album.

Eric Kamau Gravatt's Source Code

April 15, 2017 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

Saint Paul, MN US

Jazz At Studio Z is excited to present legendary jazz drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt and his band Source Code on Saturday, April 15.
There will be a concert at 7p and a live podcast recording of a conversation and Q&A with Eric Kamau Gravatt at 6p. Advance tickets available for $10 at or at the door for $15.
Eric Kamau Grávátt is a jazz drummer from Philadelphia. He has played with McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Weather Report, Byard Lancaster, Dom Um Romão. He was a member of Weather Report from 1972–1974.

4th Annual JASZ Festival

March 25, 2017 |5p

Saint Paul, MN US

featuring sets by:

Real Bulls w/ JT Bates & Dave King
Dean Granros' Tall Tales
Adam Meckler Quintet
Drobka/Weller Duo (CD pre-release)

Davu Seru's No Territory Band

March 11, 2017 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

Saint Paul, MN US

Ben Allison Trio @ the Black Dog w/ special guest Atlantis Quartet

February 04, 2017 |7p

Saint Paul, MN US

Jazz At Studio Z & Saturday Night Jazz At the Black Dog present a special performance at the BLACK DOG by internationally renowned bassist Ben Allison and his trio featuring Steve Cardenas and Allison Miller. Atlantis Quartet opens at 7p.

Bryan Nichols - The Art of Solo Piano

January 21, 2017 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

St. Paul, MN US

A set of solo piano from Bryan Nichols following the 2016 release of his solo record "Looking North"

Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band

January 07, 2017 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

St. Paul, MN US

Babatunde Lea Group

December 17, 2016 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

St. Paul, MN US

Javi Santiago Trio plays Ahmad Jamal

December 03, 2016 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

St. Paul, MN US

Pianist Javi Santiago, recipient of the 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists, brings his trio to JASZ for a night of music honoring the great Ahmad Jamal.

Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio

November 19, 2016 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

St. Paul, MN US

Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio features Bates on bass, Dave Hagedorn on vibraphone, and Phil Hey on drums.

Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet

October 29, 2016 |7p Concert | 6p Master Class

St. Paul, MN US

About the artist:

Aaron Hedenstrom has performed across the United States as a jazz saxophonist, clinician, and composer, having written numerous big band works, string arrangements, small group pieces, and chamber works. His collaborations have included saxophonist Bob Reynolds, the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, vocalist Marlene Verplanck, vocalist Don Most and S. Carey. As a saxophonist, Aaron has been a featured guest artist at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Wichita State University and Eastern Washington University. He has performed at top-tier music venues nationwide including the Dakota Jazz Club, Snug Harbor, the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Scat Jazz Lounge, and the Eaux Claires Festival and released his debut album, A Moment of Clarity, in 2014 on Shifting Paradigm Records. Aaron exclusively plays and endorses Keilwerth saxophones.

Strategies For Improvising On Complex Compositions

Any jazz player knows that it's a tough task to improvise over complex chord progressions and forms. Aaron Hedenstrom's original compositions present challenging chord progressions in varying time signatures. In this masterclass, Aaron will delve into the process of learning how to understand and play through these challenging musical puzzles and find ways to make each solo expressive and natural.