Website: Bebopified

Author Pamela Espeland chronicles the local jazz scene and beyond over on her website bebopified. Of particular interest is her 2014 "state of the scene" article on how the local jazz scene has changed and how local musicians are now taking control of their own destiny more directly. (Steve Kenny being a prime example.)

Monthly Series: Jazz at Studio Z

Studio Z describes itself as "a vibrant performance space in St. Paul's Lowertown Arts District." Their monthly "Jazz at Studio Z" concert series (occasionally more than just monthly) is curated by guitarist Zacc Harris and showcases great local jazz artists and musicianship. For more information, visit the Jazz at Studio Z website or Facebook page.

Monday Nights: JT's Jazz Implosion @ Icehouse

Icehouse, located at 2521 Nicollet Avenue South in South Minneapolis, hosts live jazz every Monday night. Excellent local groups for "JT's Jazz Implosion" are booked by drummer JT Bates.

Secrets of the City calls it "one of the hottest jazz scenes in the cities."

Icehouse has great food and drinks, too.

Thursday Nights: Reverie in Minneapolis

A cool coffee shop and wine bar in Minneapolis hosts live jazz every Thursday Night. Called the Reverie, it is located at 1931 Nicollet Avenue (Nicollet and Franklin) in South Minneapolis. Illicit Productions (Steve Kenny) is booking in fantastic jazz every Thursday night. No cover, but a donation for the band is requested.

The Reverie is not too badly laid out for live music, either. For more information you can visit their website. Street parking is easy and this is an up-and-coming neighborhood, so don't be afraid to come check it out.

Online: The Jazz Police are on the Minnesota Jazz Patrol

Over at, host Andrea Canter and a bevy of contributors keep you updated on who's playing where and when, in the Twin Cities and beyond. Look over to the far right column to see their Twin Cities jazz calendar.

Originally created by Don Berryman, he and his wife tell me that calling their site "Jazz Police" has led to a lot of interesting junk mail for police seminars, catalogs for badges and other law enforcement gear, and so forth. Which is odd considering the site is chock full of jazz-related info (and nothing else).

Saturday Nights: Jazz at the Black Dog

Every Saturday night Illicit Productions (Steve Kenny) books in a talented group of musicians at the Black Dog, a funky coffee shop/wine bar located in Lowertown (Downtown) St. Paul. No cover, but donations to pay the band are suggested. There's ample street and lot parking nearby. For more information visit the Saturday Night Jazz Facebook page or website.