Ramsey County Library is partnering with the Roseville Visitors Association to give you a chance to take a welcome break from winter's grip. Come and enjoy free jazz events leading up to the Winter Jazz Blast.
Unique to the state of Minnesota, the fifth annual award winning Roseville Winter Jazz Blast is coming January 14, 2012.
Find more information at www.visitroseville.com .
Northwestern College Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, December 8
The Northwestern College Jazz Ensemble, directed by John S. Herlihy, performs with excellence the highest level of jazz and big band repertoire available. The 20-member ensemble repeatedly demonstrates the ability to rise to the high demands of this challenging art form.
Jazz Around the World
Friday, December 9
Come hear radio host Jerry Swanberg discuss the history of Big Bands. He will highlight the Big Band era, WWII and the modern era. Bands and artists that topped the charts will also be discussed.
Jerry hosts Big Band Scene, a bi-weekly radio show on Jazz 88 that plays Big Band music from around the world, as well as local and college acts. Find out more about Jerry’s show and Minnesota’s jazz scene online at www.jazz88fm.com .
Granite City Food & Brewery: Making Jambalaya
Saturday, December 10
New Orleans is famous for a lot of different meals – chief among them is the traditional rice dish known as Jambalaya. While various ingredients in Jambalaya can vary from chicken, sausage, seafood or any mixture of the three, the bold flavor and perfect spice is always present. The Dictionary of American Food and Drink states that the dish was born late one night when a traveler arrived at a New Orleans Inn long after dinner had been served. According to the story, the inn’s cook, a man named Jean, was told to "balayez," or "throw something together" to feed the man. The results were delicious and the name later evolved to "Jambalaya."
Come watch the Corporate Chef from Granite City explain the finer points of making Jambalaya the Granite City Way! We promise, it will be a blast.
Mary Louise Knutson:Making Sense of Jazz
Tuesday, December 13
Marie Louise Knutson has been called "one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time."
Making Sense of Jazz is designed for non-musicians and musicians alike. Learn the answers to your jazz questions and more in this lecture/concert designed to help listeners gain an understanding and appreciation for America's original art form.
These programs are funded with money from Minnesota's Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.