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Greta Ruth/Brandon Wozniak @ Aster Cafe

Greta and I will be sharing the evening with individual solo sets plus a little collaboration at the end. Please join us for a interesting night of improvisation and song.

Greta Ruth & Brandon Wozniak Livestream

Greta Ruth – poem & tone. guitar & voice. language & harmony.
song as a way to sit with, move through, & heal from experience.
softness & dissonance. reflection & dynamic stillness.
the tension of opposites & the alchemy of internal work.

Greta and I will split the evening with short sets and collaborate on one of her tunes at the end. We hope you’ll join us for an interesting evening of sounds. Thx!

Atlantis Quartet/Chris Morrissey Group

The Atlantis Quartet hasn’t performed at the Dakota in a few years but we’re back Wednesday Feb. 5th. This band has never sounded better and we’d love to see you there.

“Energy, emotion, expression, maturity, and moments of luminous beauty.”
– MinnPost Artscape

Atlantis Quartet is at the forefront of the twin cities modern jazz scene. JazzTimes calls the band “startlingly original” and both the City Pages and Star Tribune have named them Best Twin Cities Jazz Artist (2011, 2012). In 2015, the group was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. Featuring four of Minnesota’s most exciting improvisors and composers, Atlantis Quartet is a band whose music “defies labels” (MPR).

Brandon Wozniak (saxophone)
Zacc Harris (guitar)
Pete Hennig (drums)
Chris Bates (bass)

Atlantis Quartet

Beloved MN Modern Jazz

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There’s another very cool show happening on Saturday Feb. 8th at the Icehouse. Dave King, Erik Fratzke and myself will be performing Chris Morrissey’s beautiful music where he’ll be playing and singing. IMHO, this is a can’t miss show and we’ll be doing one long set starting around 10pmish.

Saturday, February 8, 2020




Chris Morrissey moved to New York from Minnesota in 2009. In the ensuing decade, he released 4 of his own records, joined the bands of Jim Campilongo and Mark Guiliana and served as music director for Sara Bareilles, Sharon Van Etten and Trixie Whitley. 

He is a sometimes-member of Chris Thile’s Live From Here house band, teaches at The New School and tours the globe extensively.

Since leaving, Chris maintained close ties with the Minnesota music community, and is overjoyed to present some of his newest music with some of his oldest friends.

Chris Morrissey- bass/singing 
David King- drums
Erik Fratzke- guitar 
Brandon Wozniak- saxophone 

Brandon Wozniak’s Touchstone

Excited to play with Jeff Bailey and Phil Hey tonight. You are welcome to join us at the Blackdog in St. Paul, MN for Saturday Night Jazz at the Blackdog. Thx!

Zacc Harris Group @ Mears Park

Zacc Harris Group

Jazz in the Park
Friday, June 7
Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

Note: If it’s raining, this event will be held at the Black Dog Cafe.

Celebrate the release of a new Zacc Harris album by spending your lunch hour with us! Grab something tasty from a nearby food truck and find a spot under the leafy canopy of Mears Park. The Zacc Harris Quintet is Zacc Harris (guitar), Brandon Wozniak (saxophone), Bryan Nichols (keyboard), Chris Bates (bass), JT Bates (drums). See you there!

Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Zacc Harris has gained a reputation as one of the area’s top guitarists, being named 2017 Twin Cities Best Jazz Artist by the City Pages. He performs in a host of creative projects including Atlantis Quartet, winner of the 2015 McKnight Fellowship and named 2011 Best Jazz Artist, as well as the Zacc Harris Group, American Reverie, and Zacc Harris Trio. As co-leader of Atlantis Quartet, Harris has released five critically acclaimed albums since 2006, as well as a digital anthology of the band’s first decade together. Renowned jazz critic Bill Milkowski wrote for JazzTimes Magazine, “Twin Cities modern jazz renegades shift nimbly from a punk-jazz aesthetic to ECM-ish sensitivity…startlingly original stuff.” Photo by Benny Moreno

Shifting Paradigm Records April Residency @ Icehouse

I’ll be playing in a few of these but don’t let that deter you. It’ll be raining sweet jazz all month long. Please come out!

Charlie Lincoln Trio

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Jon Morgan Presents: Charlie Lincoln

January 2, 2019 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

$10 admission. $5 with student ID. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.

Brandon Wozniak
Jay Epstein
Charlie Lincoln

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Charlie Lincoln is an in-demand bassist in the Twin Cities, performing with artists including Eric Kamau Grávátt (Weather Report), Babatunde Lea, and Davu Seru. Charlie has toured in China, Thailand, and Taiwan and has appeared at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival. In 2016, he co-founded the collective quartet Hoaxer which released its debut album Crash Test in 2017 on Illicit Productions.

Presented by Jon Morgan

About Wednesday New Boundaries:
Jazz Central Studios becomes a veritable laboratory for new compositions and jazz experiments presented by stalwarts of the local jazz community.

Babatunde Lea Sextet premiers New Rituals of Unity Suite

Babatunde – photo by-Curtis-Thomson









This Saturday, December 17, Jazz At Studio Z presents the Babatunde Lea Sextet premiering the “New Rituals of Unity” suite, co-composed by Babatunde Lea and sideman Zacc Harris, based on a series of traditional West African chants.

As always, the concert will feature two sets of music starting at 7p with a master class preceding it at 6p. For this show’s master class, we will be doing a live podcast for the second time, presenting a conversation with Lea in front of a live audience.

Advanced tickets are available for $10 at or tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.

Babatunde Lea – percussion
Brandon Wozniak – tenor saxophone
JC Sanford – trombone
Zacc Harris – guitar
Phil Aaron – piano
Graydon Peterson – bass

About the Artist:

Babatunde Lea’s vast experience of over 50 years as a master percussionist, as well as the spiritual depth and resonance he brings to everything he does, has made him one of the most esteemed musicians of the past half century. The way that music connects with audiences and with the rhythms of our everyday lives is essential to his musical philosophy: “I draw a lot from African culture, and one of the main things I’ve come to understand is that music is functional; in African culture, music accompanies everything… from birth ceremonies to funerals. The music is there to open people up to the deepest experiences of life. Music is a resource like oil or water; it does the bidding of who controls it. For my part, I know exactly what I want done with the energy I create with my music. It is my wish that my music will empower people to look within and become agents of peace and change in their hearts, in their families and in the world at large.”
He has performed and recorded with luminaries such as Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Van Morrison, Leon Thomas, and Pharoah Sanders.

About the Master Class:

At 6p, JASZ will record the second episode of the Jazz At Studio Z Podcast, presenting a conversation about music with Babatunde and a live audience. All are welcome to attend.

–Studio Z is located on the second floor of the Northwestern Building in lowertown St. Paul, at 275 E 4th Street, on the corner of 4th and Wall. There is street parking available plus several lots, including the Farmers Market and the Union Depot lots.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Also, a big thanks to our sponsors:

Riverview Wine Bar
​Total Freedom Realty
Saturday Night Jazz At the Black Dog

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Vector Families @ Jazz Central

Vector Families – Jazz Central – 10/7/15 – 8:30pm

Dave King
Dean Granros
Anthony Cox
Brandon Wozniak


Kickstarter/Dave King Trucking Company/Icehouse

The Dave King Trucking Co. is doing a Kickstarter to help get our sophomore release out into the world. We’re pretty excited about this record which will be available on vinyl, CD and digital download. Have a look at the berserk video Dave made and check out our Kickstarter page if you get a chance.  If you’d like to see Dave open for Dave come out to the Icehouse Monday May 6th.  9:30pm start: Real Bulls(JT Bates & Dave King) drum duets 1st set and DKTC will finish up the night. Thanks!

Here’s a few pictures from our recording at the Terrarium.

Dave King & Erik Fratzke

Dave King & Erik Fratzke

Brandon Wozniak & Chris Speed

Brandon Wozniak & Chris Speed

Adam Linz

Adam Linz