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Home to a number of local and touring jazz acts -- as well as their own popular weekly Hammond B-3 organ night -- the Artists' Quarter stands as one of the most reliable hot spots in the Downtown St. Paul area. This artist-owned and operated club also features free weekly open poetry sessions and all sorts of musical offerings from classic bop to modern fusion.
Usually when someone's referred to as one of the best-kept secrets in town, it's an aspiring journeyman or a niche-genre artist that's flying under...
Subterranean, dark, funky, and regularly presenting an impressive array of local and national jazz artists, the venerable Artists' Quarter has all the attributes of a great jazz club. Tucked into the basement of St. Paul's Hamm Building, the AQ boasts intimate confines, classic jazz photos and album covers decorating the walls, a decent bar, a real character manning the door in Davis Wilson, and a genuine dedication to an art form that requires first-class talent but too often is relegated... More »
It's less of a Showtime at the Apollo for suburban would-bes than a genuine hootenanny at this downtown St. Paul stalwart. The Artists' Quarter is a beatnik's pleasure dome, albeit the type of place Sal Paradise might've been booted from for lollygagging (eight minutes, please). The AQ's habituÈs arrive armed with acoustic guitars, a few good jokes, and Saul Williams's salty palette. Underground, the people are genuine. They'll clap instead of snapping their fingers per an early San... More »
These AQ shows coincide with the release of the Zacc Harris Group's debut album, The Garden, the latest evidence of the burgeoning local jazz community's artistic depth. The scene's current signature approach: vivid modern expression built on a... More »
Usually when someone's referred to as one of the best-kept secrets in town, it's an aspiring journeyman or a niche-genre artist that's flying under the radar. But as the weekly resident of one of St. Paul's premier clubs, Cory Wong doesn't quite... More »
The third album from the increasingly impressive modern jazz outfit Atlantis Quartet, Lines in the Sand, recorded live at the Artists' Quarter last spring, isn't the grand declaration of arrival that was 2009's Animal Progress. But it does for... More »
Although Minneapolis jazz pianist and composer Mary Louise Knutson maintains a busy schedule playing with the likes of Connie Evingson, Debbie Duncan, and the JazzMN Orchestra, her charming new album, In the Bubble, is her first in 10 years. Its... More »
For the fourth Halloween in a row, the Atlantis Quartet, increasingly distinguishing itself locally and nationally as a premier 21st-century jazz band, will take on in its entirety an iconic album by an iconic artist. This year it'll be tenor... More »
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