Celebrate Minnesota Jazz Legends at the Minnesota History Center

Minnesota Historical Society Jazz Appreciation Month


Patty Peterson hosts an eventful afternoon of inspiring stories and live music


(St Paul, MN) –March 17, 2023 – The Minnesota Historical Society is honored to host a Jazz Appreciation Month celebration event featuring some of Minnesota’s most notable jazz legends. People of all ages are invited to attend an afternoon full of live music and inspiring stories hosted by award-winning vocalist and KBEM Radio host, Patty Peterson.

Patty will reminisce with several local musicians who have gone on to achieve local and national acclaim.

This Minnesota Jazz Legends event features live performances and conversations including:

  • Music educator, arranger, and composer Denny Malmberg (piano/ accordion, bass)
  • Professor, composer, and Arawak Records founder Douglas Ewart (saxophone/flute)
  • Award-winning composer and educator Joan Griffith (guitar, bass, mandolin)
  • A special tribute to “A Prairie Home Companion” musician and Jazz88 radio host, the late Butch Thompson (pianist/clarinetist)

These jazz legends will perform music they love and talk about how their individual journeys have helped shape the musical history of Minnesota. The performances will be accompanied by the Phil Aaron Trio, featuring Phil Aaron (piano), Anthony Cox (bass), and Phil Hey (drums).

In partnership with Jazz 88, this special concert will be held at the Minnesota History Center on Sunday, April 2 from 2–4 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 5-17 and can be purchased here. This performance will be recorded for a later broadcast and archived for on-demand listening at Jazz88.fm.

This production of Minnesota Jazz Legends is made possible through funding provided by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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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