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Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2023

A great occasion to appreciate the laid-back vibes of jazz music

Twin Cities Jazz Festival (TCJF) is an annual jazz festival held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, over a weekend in late June. The long-lasting music tradition was established by Steve Heckler in 1999, and since then, the festival has pulled in dozens of big names and rising stars you would unlikely seek out. Some of the top draws were McCoy Tyner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joey Alexander, Joshua Redman, Nayo Jones, The Bad Plus, Mose Allison, the Yellowjackets, Dave Brubeck, Joey DeFrancesco, Gary Burton, Von Freeman, Bill Evans, Benny Golson, Kristin Korb, Hiromi, Phil Hey Quartet, Bobby Sanabria, Spyro Gyra, Esperanza Spalding, Percy Strother, Jon Weber, and so many more.

The headliners' concerts typically run at Mears Park, whereas other stages are scattered across the city, with the majority of them being centered in the Lowertown neighborhood, Downtown St. Paul. Over the years, the festival has used several clubs, including the Bulldog, Black Dog, Mancini's, Hygga, Vieux Carre, Hat Trick, Union Depot, St. Paul Hotel, the Citizen Bar and Grill, and Amsterdam Bar and Grill. As the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is free and open to the public, you've got unlimited access to the best-in-class performances across various venues.

For more information, please visit the event's official sources, the website or Facebook, listed in the External Resources below. Also, see the accommodations map, showcasing available options for your stay nearby.

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