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

Remembering Gary Berg



We're very saddened to hear of Gary Berg's recent passing. Gary was a fantastic saxophonist, a pretty good MTC bus driver, and spent many nights sharing his love of good music with the patrons of the Artists' Quarter. We will miss him immensely.

Rest in Peace, Peter Schimke


We're very saddened to hear of the recent passing of pianist Peter Schimke. He was a fantastic genre-defying musician known and loved by so many folks. So many wonderful nights of fantastic music at the AQ were driven by his piano playing. He will be missed.

KBEM-FM Jazz 88 has posted a tribute to Peter here.

Here's his obituary from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Here's the song "Gorilla" from the 2004 "How Birds Work" album, featuring Peter on piano and vocals.

Remembering Larry Englund

Larry Englund left us on Saturday February 2, 2019, at the age of 73, after lengthy treatments for stomach cancer. He is survived by Liz, his loving wife of 23 years. (For more information, check out Minnpost, StarTribune, and Pioneer Press articles celebrating Larry's life and legacy.)

Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune called Larry "a bit of a character on the Twin Cities music scene." And that he was. A DJ, writer, and fan of music, as well. And a really nice guy, who put up with me not remembering his name for probably the first ten times I met him. He also wrote and published his own obituary, which I am now sharing below, as his website has succumbed to entropy, as all things digital eventually do. -- Al Iverson, May 2020

Chris Lomheim's New Website

Fantastic pianist (and long time friend of the AQ) Chris Lomheim has a great new website at chrislomheim.com where you can keep up with his gig calendar, find info about his "hangouts" (the most common places he plays nowadays) and buy his albums on CD or via iTunes. Check it out!

Here's a great Youtube clip of Chris with the Dave Karr Quartet in 2009 at the club, playing Relaxin' at Camarillo.

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)