JazzMN Orchestra

JazzMN Orchestra - Enriching Life With Jazz

World-Class Jazz Orchestra
JC Sanford, Artistic Director

On the Main Stage

The JazzMN Orchestra is the Twin Cities’ premier professional jazz ensemble. It is comprised of the top jazz musicians in the metro area and features world-class guest artists while providing educational programs to schools and colleges throughout the region.

About JAZZMN Orchestra

CBS Minnesota (WCCO) said, “This is pure jazz in all its glory.” Jazz reviewer Pamela Espeland described a JazzMN performance as “…exciting. All those musicians, swinging hard. Horns blaring. Hot solos. And the sound, you feel it on your skin and in your bones.” The JazzMN Orchestra, led by artistic director JC Sanford, features Twin Cities jazz heavyweights such as Michael Nelson, Pete Whitman, Mary Louise Knutson and Joe Pulice. Every time JazzMN performs at CDT it sells out. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Minnesota’s premiere big band live on stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

JazzMN Announces Exciting New Shows!

Icons of the Jazz Sextet

Chan@Home On-Demand Video

JazzMN Sextet 2021
Available to watch
April 29 – June 24

Sit back in the comfort of your home and enjoy the sextet sound that made the legends of jazz household names.

The JazzMN Sextet, members of the larger JazzMN Orchestra, will recreate classic sextet favorites from the ’40s, ’50s and beyond.

Although the quintet was the most common instrumentation for small jazz groups since the earliest days, composers, arrangers and musicians soon embraced the sextet as an ensemble where they could expand their writing chops, as well as their improvisations. The particular instrumentation of trumpet, saxophone, trombone, piano, bass and drums yielded a rich legacy of captivating compositions and arrangements that let soloists shine. The program features favorites by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Art Farmer & Benny Golson’s Jazztet and more.

The JazzMN Sextet includes: JC Sanford, trombone and director; Pete Whitman, saxophones; Adam Rossmiller, trumpet; Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Jeff Bailey, bass and Phil Hey, drums. These are some of the top musicians in the Twin Cities. Two of them have played with Doc Severinsen, and JazzMN’s artistic director, JC Sanford, has been regularly recognized in Downbeat Magazine’s Critics’ Poll.

Explore the foundations of modern jazz with the JazzMN Sextet!

JazzMN Returns Home for the Holidays

With guest vocalist, Lila Ammons!

Lila Ammons
Monday, December 13, 2021
Dinner – 5:30pm
Show – 7:30pm

Experience the swing of the season with a variety of holiday-themed music. The JazzMN Orchestra will play several of the great holiday hits and new spins on old favorites. Internationally touring vocalist Lila Ammons will be joining us to celebrate our full return to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres!

JazzMN Orchestra featuring guest artist Luciana Souza

Luciana Souza
Monday, April 25, 2022
Dinner – 5:30pm
Show – 7:30pm

Grammy Award-winning Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza will join JazzMN with her unique vocal personality and versatility. Her work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to new music. Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with many great artists including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider and many others. Entertainment Weekly says, “Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries”.

We sincerely hope you enjoy your visit with us!

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