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St. Olaf Jazz to perform at Crooners

Members of St. Olaf Jazz perform on campus.
Members of St. Olaf Jazz perform on campus. On March 5 the ensemble will perform at Crooners in Minneapolis.

St. Olaf College Jazz I will be performing at Crooners Lounge and Supper Club in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m.

Under the direction of JC Sanford, the St. Olaf jazz ensembles offer impressive opportunities for jazz studies to students at St. Olaf. There are three large jazz ensembles at St. Olaf, each holding concerts every semester, along with performing live music for swing dances in partnership with the on-campus Swing Dance Club.

St. Olaf Jazz I was awarded “Outstanding Performance by Large Undergraduate Jazz Ensemble” by DownBeat Magazine in 2019 and voted the “Best College or University Big Band” by DownBeat in 2011. Jazz I also toured internationally to Cuba in 2016, performing in Matanzas and Havana, where the style of Afro-Cuban jazz emerged in the early 1940s. St. Olaf Jazz I also incorporates swing, be-bop, fusion, funk, salsa, and Brazilian and New Orleans grooves into their performances.

Crooners Lounge and Supper Club has played an integral part of the Twin Cities’ entertainment sector and offers guests and audience members the opportunity to experience high-quality, live music including cover artists, jazz quartets, and show tune medleys.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available as single tickets, tables for two to six people, and premium seating for tables of four. For parties of more than six, email Please note Crooners’ COVID-19 protocols and be sure to bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test.