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It’s right around the corner! The annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival is easily one of the most popular and beloved musical events in the metro area – and we’re happy to be in the thick of the action!


You’re invited to join roughly 30,000 other music lovers from June 26-28 to take in the 16th year of live, free jazz music, scattered in the vicinity of Mears Park, St. Paul.

Festival organizers plan to kick off with the annual multi-club “Jazz Night Out” on Thursday. This “sets the stage” for half the day on Friday, and a full day on Saturday, of continuous jazz music on a variety of outdoor stages.

What’s more, look for musicians to be popping up in neighborhood bars and restaurants throughout the festival.

A few highlights of this year’s festival include a handful of nationally-lauded headliners, including Grammy-winning singer Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. This year’s event also includes an appearance by the 2013 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition winner Melissa Aldana and New Orleans “Big Easy” award-winning keyboardist Joe Krown. Check out the Twin Cities Jazz Festival website for much more information on the headliners, as well as the complete listing of performers.

Here at Black Bear, we’re looking forward to all the excitement right near our own backyard, and invite you to drop by our cafe during the three day extravaganza for a meal or a beverage!