The history of the Twin Cities' best jazz club circa 1977-2013.

Sad to see: McNally Smith Closure

Those of us associated with the Artists' Quarter are saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected closing of the McNally Smith College of Music. Our hearts go out to the students and faculty forced to figure out how to pay their bills and move forward. We wish them all good luck and good fortune.
Click here to read more on the closure from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Quarter Notes: Bobby Peterson Plays Jazz Piano


Pianist Bobby Peterson

Quarter Notes: Jazz from the Artists' Quarter. Produced by non-profit cable station Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), this series of ten hour-long television programs was recorded in 1998 at the Artists' Quarter Jazz Club in downtown St. Paul, MN. Eight episodes are available online for viewing. Click here for more info.

Guitarist Dean Granros in the New York Times

I just stumbled across this New York Times review of the recent NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon. It is indeed wonderful to see a positive review of multiple friends from the AQ scene (including Dave King, Brandon Wozniak and Anthony Cox) but I think that the highlight of this review of Vector Families is Nate Chinen's colorful take on guitarist Dean Granros: "A visionary oddball, [... who] felt beamed in from another dimension." You can find Dean's website at www.deangranros.com. -- Al Iverson (Photo: Don Berryman)