A baker's dozen evenings of great jazz - right here in the western suburbs with free parking.

The concerts are single-set offerings by some of the finest jazz artists in the Twin Cities. Admission is always $10 adults and $5 students (SBCA students and teachers always admitted free). There is no reserved seating, so buying tickets at the door will always work. Programs begin at 7 pm and last 60-75 minutes.

Seating is generally at tables, so you can easily enjoy the free snacks, lemonade and coffee provided. It's a casual concert experience, good for both performers and audiences.

OUR 2015-2016 SERIES:

Sat., Sept. 19: LAURA CAVIANI, piano and DAVID MILNE, saxophone. We start the season with a bang. David Milne has soloed with everyone from Lou Rawls to the SPCO, and "Laura Caviani could waltz into any New York nightclub and tear up the joint," says The Wall Street Journal's Terry Teachout. Our insurance is paid up; come see what they'll do to this place.

Sat., Oct. 10: MAUD HIXSON & RICK CARLSON: The Cole Effect. One of our favorites, Maud is a premiere singer of jazz classics. "Her vocal style is so warm, intimate and compelling - it's clear that she cares about the words and telling the story," says pianist Michael Feinstein. He's right. Come hear songs of the incomparable Cole Porter done the way only Maud and Rick can do them.

Sat., Nov. 7: BUTCH THOMPSON, TONY BALLUFF & STEVE PIKAL, instrumental trio. Funny, moving, musical - simply extraordinary in every way. If you can only make one of our concerts this year - shame on you! But make it this one.

Sat., Nov. 21: JOYCE LYONS, vocalist. "Joyce Lyons embraces jazz, the Great American Songbook, Broadway and pop, making each and every song truly her own. Her performances are both timeless and timely. Joyce is a true original." - Stephen Flaherty, Tony-Award winning composer of Broadway's Ragtime, Once On This Island and Seussical.

Sat., Dec. 5: CONNIE EVINGSON, vocalist. If you haven't heard her, it's time to fill that void in your life. If you have, I need say nothing more. She's that good. And that's not hype. NOTE: This concert will be held in the church's sanctuary.

Sun., Dec. 27, 6pm: BIG BAND CHRISTMAS - JAZZ ON THE PRAIRIE, Big Band. One of our favorite groups is back, and they'll rock the joint with holiday favorites done the way only a big band can. A great time to celebrate, after all the pre-Christmas rush is over.

Sat., Jan. 9: ANDREW WALESCH, vocalist & pianist. Whether recording jingles, producing shows, composing and arranging, or singing as a solo artist and with big bands all over the country, Andrew is known for his unique approach to The Great American Songbook. A new and exciting voice on the national jazz scene.

Sat., Jan. 23: RICK CARLSON & STEVE PIKAL, piano & bass. Two of the best doing what they do. Steve Pikal enjoys life more than anybody else on the planet, and Rick Carlson makes us all feel like Steve Pikal. An overdose of Botox is the only reason you'd leave the concert this evening without a smile on your face.

Sat., Feb. 20: RETRO SWING SISTER, vocalists. Retro Swing Sister consists of Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie on vocals and a wonderful core group of some of the best jazz musicians in town making a fun, swinging, vibrant take on tunes from the 20's to the 50's.

Sat., Mar. 5: LARRY MCDONOUGH QUARTET, pianist/vocalist. "Larry McDonough is an original much in the tradition of Dave Brubeck, and McDonough's piano stylings are intimate and innovative. There is a touch of humor blended within the time signatures that adds to the charm and intricate playing McDonough shares with the audience." - Lee Prosser, Jazz Review

Sat., Apr. 16: JUDI DONAGHY VINAR, vocalist. Starting with Folk/Country, Musical Theater, and Opera, Judi has explored Jazz, Pop, R&B and Gospel, and now tackles just about any style. "The incredible thing about Judi is that no matter what style she happens to be singing, it sounds as though she doesn't do anything else" - Rick Carlson

Sat., May 7: DAN NEWTON'S CAFÉ ACCORDION ORCHESTRA, instrumental ensemble. A loungy, eclectic mix, full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the Café Accordion repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. It's beautiful, it's toe-tapping, it's a great evening out.

Sat., May 21: TRAVIS ANDERSON TRIO, piano jazz. A great, bouncy end to our ninth great season of jazz - if you can't have fun listening to these guys, you probably just can't have fun, period. You'll leave with a smile on your face.

All listings are correct as of press time. Please check back for any changes in the schedule.

St. Barnabas Center for the Arts is a program of St. Barnabas Lutheran Church supporting the arts through education, nurturing and sharing of creative works.

For more information, please contact SBCA Director Jeff Whitmill at (763) 438-4847 or jeff@whitmill.net.




WORSHIP: Sunday, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM • Saturday, 5:00 PM