July Big Band Events: 41 Performances by 29 Big Bands at 25 Venues

Twin Cities

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Ed. Note: Jerry Swanberg has been the long-time voice of Minnesota Big Bands and continues to host “Big Band Scene” on KBEM radio. He also has promoted big band music through his monthly e-mail of “Big Band Events.” We’re hoping to expand Jerry’s impact by publishing his monthly listing here on Jazz Police.

SUMMER FESTIVALS

  • July 4, Big Band Bang! Concert followed by fireworks !!! St Croix Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Andrew Walesch; Pioneer Park, Stillwater – 7 PM
  • July 4, Roseville Big Band with the Rosetones Vocal Quartet; Central Park, 2540 Lexington Ave, Roseville – 7:30 PM

SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARKS

Bend in the River Big Band, © Andrea Canter
Bend in the River Big Band, © Andrea Canter

Como Dockside Pavilion, St Paul – 7 PM

  • Sun, 7/10 – Stan Bann’s Big Bone Band
  • Sun, 7/17 – Beasley’s Big Band
  • Mon, 7/18 – Dirty Shorts Brass Band
  • Wed, 7/27 – Bend in the River Big Band
  • Mon, 7/31 – Moonlight Serenaders Big Band

Centennial Lakes Amphitheater, Edina – 7 PM

  • Mon, 7/11- River City Jazz Orchestra
  • Wed, 7/13 – Capri Big Band
  • Sun, 7/31 – Brio Brass Band

Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 7:30 PM

  • Tues, 7/19 – Classic Big Band
Red Rock Swing Band, © Andrea Canter
Red Rock Swing Band, © Andrea Canter

Other Parks

  • Sun, 7/03 – Jazz on the Prairie Big Band at Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie – 5 PM
  • 7/06 – Brio Brass Band at Market Fest, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan  – 7 PM
  • Thurs, 7/07 – Jazz on the Prairie Big Band at Salo Park, St Anthony Village – 7 PM
  • Sat, 7/09 – Big Stoop Chamberlain Big Band at Anoka Riverfest – 12:30 PM
  • Tues, 7/12 – Brio Brass Band at Central Park, Roseville – 7 PM
  • Wed, 7/13 – Jazz on the Prairie Big Band at The Village, Mendota Heights – 6:30 PM
  • Thurs, 7/14 – Red Rock Swing Band at Lakefront Park, Hudson WI – 7 PM
  • Thurs, 7/14–Tim Patrick and His Blue-Eyes Band, Augsburg Park (Richfield) –7 pm
  • Sat, 7/16 – Paul Mazzacona / Mazz Jazz Juggernaut at Town Green Amphitheater, Maple Groove – 7 PM
  • Sun, 7/17– LaValle Jazz Cats (Mini BB) at Highland Fest, 1974 Ford Pkwy– 3:30PM
  • Tues, 7/19 – Dirty Shorts Brass Band at Normandale Lake, Bloomington 7 PM
  • Wed, 7/20 – Jazz on the Prairie Big Band  at Central Park, Delano – 6:30 PM
  • Thurs, 7/21 – Bend in the River Big Band at Golden Lake, Circle Pines – 6:30 PM
  • Thurs, 7/21 – Classic Big Band at Yost Park, White Bear Lake – 6:30 PM
  • Tues, 7/26 – Roseville Big Band at Central Park Amphitheater, Roseville – 7 PM
  • Wed, 7/27 – Cedar Ave Big Band at Charlson Thun Community Bandstand, DT Victoria – 6:30 PM
  • Wed, 7/27 – Jazz on the Prairie Big Band  at Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie – 7 PM
  • Wed, 7/27 – River City Jazz Orchestra at Minnehaha Falls Bandshell, Mpls – 7 PM

GIGS

Acme Jazz Company, © Andrea Canter
Acme Jazz Company, © Andrea Canter

Crooners Lounge, 6161 NE Hwy 65 (Central Av), Fridley, 7-10 pm

  • 7/5, Acme Jazz Company With Vocalist Arne Fogel

Big Band Tuesday – Jazz Central, 407 Central Ave, SE Mpls – 8:30 PM

  • 7/5 — Bill Simenson Orchestra
  • 7/12 – Cedar Avenue Big Band
  • 7/19 – Explosion Big Band
  • 7/26 – Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra

Minnesota Music Café – 499 Payne Ave, St Paul – 7 PM (Dance Floor)

  • Tues, 7/12 – Nova Jazz Orchestra
  • Tues, 7/19 – River City Jazz Orchestra
  • Tues, 7/26 – Dirty Shorts Brass Band

DANCES

Wabasha Street Caves, 215 Wabasha Street, St Paul – 7 PM every Thursday

  • 7/7 – Moonlight Serenaders
  • 7/14 – Minnesota Jazz Orchestra
  • 7/21 – Beasley’s Big Band
  • 7/28 – Swingbeat Big Band

Classic Big Band & the Nostalgics Vocal Quartet – Swing to the Real Thing

  • Fri, 7/8 – Bloomington KC Hall, 1114 American Blvd, Bloomington – 8 PM
Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle, © Andrea Canter
Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle, © Andrea Canter

Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle – Ballroom Dance

  • Sun, 7/10 & 7/24 – Cinema Ballroom, 1560 St. Clair Ave. St Paul – 7 PM

 

BIG BAND SCENE ON KBEM RADIO, 88.5 FM, WITH JERRY SWANBERG

Featuring Big Bands of Today from Across the World! (& Local Big Bands), Monday at 7 PM & Sunday at 10 PM, and On-Demand at jazz88fm.com:

  • Mon 6/27 & Sun 7/3 – Diva Jazz Orchestra from NYC
  • Mon 7/4 & Sun 7/10 – Glenn Miller Orchestra of Today
  • Mon 7/11 & sun 7/17 – Chris Walden Big Band from LA
  • Mon 7/18 & Sun 7/24 – Best Foreign Big Band CDs of 2015 Repeat
  • Mon 7/25 & Sun 7/31 – Best College Big Bands CDs of 2015 Repeat