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ARTS CENTER’S FREE SUMMER JAZZ SERIES LAUNCHES FRIDAY, JULY 9
IN MINNESOTA SQUARE PARK PAVILION
SAINT PETER, MINN. – The Arts Center of Saint Peter’s Hot Jazz for Decent People series
returns to St. Peter’s Minnesota Square Park pavilion on Friday, July 9, the first of four shows
in a free series featuring regional and national jazz acts and kids’ activities courtesy St.
Peter’s Exploration Recreation program.
At all four shows — July 9, July 23, August 6, and August 20 — music begins at 7:00 p.m.
and concludes by 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, with donations to the Arts Center encouraged.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating and refreshments. Coolers are permitted;
no glass bottles. St. Peter’s Exploration Recreation will provide free kids’ activities between
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Now in its eighth year, Hot Jazz for Decent People: Late-Night Sounds at Early Evening
Hours is hosted by KMSU Radio’s Gary Campbell, who delivers brief introductory remarks
about the evening’s repertoire. Dates and acts are as follows:
Friday, July 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Chaz Draper and Friends. Renowned Mankato-based
percussionist Chaz Draper brings six decades of touring, recording, and performing
experience to the pavilion stage for an evening of unforgettable musical chemistry and
emotional range delivered by local jazz greats.
Friday, July 23, 7:00–8:30 p.m., The Ted Olsen Quartet led by bassist and composer
Ted Olsen, a stalwart of the Twin Cities music scene whose groups have been featured at
the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, The Artists’ Quarter, and Icehouse. He has also performed
at Nocturne Jazz Club in Denver, Colorado, and Festival No Improviso in Curitiba, Brazil
Friday, August 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m., The EZ Jazz Trio featuring Jonathan Moeller.
Together with Evan Bierer (saxophone), Ryan Rader (percussion) and Jonathan Moeller
(guitar), band leader Eric Zimmerman delivers a high-energy evening of sophisticated
originals and freshly arranged popular favorites (ezjazztrio.com).
Friday, August 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Adrian Barnett and Friends. Known locally for
passionate performances that showcase fellow musicians, Nashville-based awardwinning baritone saxophonist and woodwind specialist Adrian Barnett has performed
across the nation at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Lollapalooza. He has been a
featured soloist with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, concert wind ensembles, and
internationally touring rock groups (adrianbarnett.com).
In the case of severe weather, shows will be canceled. Cancellation announcements will be
posted via Facebook by the Arts Center and City of Saint Peter, and at artscentersp.org.
The series is made possible by support from the State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as
appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature to KMSU Radio.
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