Crooners Lounge and Supper Club

Located just north of Minneapolis on Central Avenue in the suburb of friendly Fridley, Crooners was voted Best Jazz Club of the Twin Cities in 2018 by the readers of City Pages. It features two performance spaces and a commitment to keeping the spirit of live jazz alive in the Twin Cities. Find their website at www.croonersloungemn.com.

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.

Jazz Central Studios

Started by local jazz musicians Mac Santiago and Tanner Taylor in 2010, Jazz Central Studios is a jazz-focused rehearsal and recording space located in Minneapolis. They "encourage jazz patrons and musicians of all levels to become a part" of their scene. Click on over for more information.

The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant

First opening in 1985 in St. Paul, the Dakota jazz club (now located in downtown Minneapolis) is one of the premier places to see live jazz (and other music) in the Twin Cities. You can find their website at www.dakotacooks.com.

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.

Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré, located in downtown St. Paul, is the smaller sibling to the the Minneapolis mainstay Dakota Jazz Club. It is located in the space that used to house the Artists' Quarter. Those guys at the AQ designed a pretty good music room, if I do say so myself. View Carré is a different club, not an extension or re-opening of the AQ. VC has a "varied schedule highlighting local talents in many different genres with a focus on jazz, soul, [and] blues." Website.

Online: The Jazz Police are on the Minnesota Jazz Patrol

Over at JazzPolice.com, 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).