Five highlights at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival

  • Updated: June 27, 2014 - 11:58 AM

Branford Marsalis: The eldest of the legendary Marsalis brothers, he leads one of the best small ensembles in jazz. Rising star bassist Eric Revis won’t be here, but pianist Joey Calderazzo and drummer Justin Faulkner are on board, with Russell Hall filling in for Revis. (8:30 p.m. Fri., Mears Park)

Joe Krown Trio: Longtime keyboardist for Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Krown has found a fervent fan base in and out of his New Orleans stamping grounds, playing both piano and organ with a group that features the sizzling blues guitar licks of Walter Wolfman Washington. (7 p.m. Sat., Union Depot)

Dianne Reeves: A suave and soulful vocalist who’s comfortable blending styles, Reeves will close the fest backed by a quartet that includes Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo and former Jazz Messenger and pianist Geoff Keezer. (8:30 p.m. Sat., Mears Park)

New Works by Various Composers: Local notables Zacc Harris, Chris Bates, Davu Seru and Steve Kenny will premiere material. (5 p.m. Thu. & Fri., Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St., Suite 200)

Jon Weber: The closing of the Artists’ Quarter leaves a gaping hole in late-night shenanigans during festival weekend. The best bet to fill it might be this pianist, a frequent AQ ringmaster. (9:30 p.m. Thu., Studio Z)

Click here for the full schedule at the TC Jazz Fest site.

BRITT ROBSON

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