Aesthetically Speaking

Chancellor, Gravatt headline Selby Avenue JazzFest

Mychael Wright, founder of the Selby Avenue JazzFest and owner of Golden Thyme Coffee Café, recently announced the entertainment lineup for the 2015 festival.

“This year, we’re focusing on the wonderful talent that resides here in the Twin Cities,” said Wright, in regards to this year’s entertainers. “I think people are going to be really impressed.”

walter-chancellor-8x12Headlining this year’s event is Walter Chancellor, Jr. A talented producer, saxophonist, keyboardist and flute musician, Chancellor worked on Prince’s “Emancipation” album and has been a mainstay of the Twin Cities contemporary jazz and R&B scene for more than a decade. He has also performed with Chaka Khan, Bobby Lyle, Larry Graham, The Steeles and Debbie Duncan.

The 2015 lineup also includes Salsa Del Sol, the Twin Cities-based, nine-piece orchestra that performs various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Additional acts include Dick and Jane’s Big Brass Band, Walker West Urban Legends of Jazz, Lex-Ham Community Band and the Jazz Heritage Showcase.

eric-gravatt-at-icehouse-108783xr-bw“As in 2014, this year’s showcase will be a two-parter,” said Wright. “First off will be Dick and Jane Revisited, featuring legendary Twin Cities vocalist Maurice Jacox and jazz songstress Thomasina Petrus. After their set, we’ve planned a little surprise. Eric Kamau Grávátt is a highly acclaimed jazz drummer who has worked with such legendary acts as McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson and the jazz-fusion super group Weather Report. He’ll be performing with a group he’s put together known as Source Code. It’s very exciting to have jazz royalty playing at this year’s Fest.”

Besides a free day of entertainment, JazzFest also features a variety of food vendors, family activities and live artist demonstrations. “There’s plenty to do to make a full day of it,” added Wright.

The 14th annual festival takes place from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the intersection of Selby Avenue and Milton Avenue in St. Paul. For more information, interested parties can visit the event’s website at

September 3, 2015
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