Debbie Duncan, Pippi Ardennia and Thomasina Petrus – three of the most celebrated female artists/singers in the Twin Cities – will perform at Lake Harriet Bandshell, June 14 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., to kick-off the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project's series.
Duncan, Ardennia and Petrus will perform individually on stage singing jazz music from their favorite artists. The series is a schedule of summer concerts in Minneapolis parks.
Band members performing with the three singers include award-winning jazz pianist Mary Louise Knutson, keyboardist, Kevin Washington on drums, Andrew Schwandt, tenor saxophonist, and keyboardist Brian Nielsen.
The Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project was created in 2013 by Grammy award-winning producer Andre Fischer, and brings jazz music to Minneapolis parks to engage and youth to appreciate and celebrate jazz music, its history and artists. Fischer has collaborated with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, KBEM FM, KMOJ FM and the Dakota Jazz Club to feature top local musicians performing celebrated examples of jazz music at parks throughout Minneapolis during the summer.
"Our goal is to expose children to great music and artists and give them an opportunity to explore their potential," said Fischer.
Fischer added that children today don't have many opportunities to be exposed to truly great music, to be taught by an acclaimed musician how to play an instrument, or how to read and sing music.
"We think the mobile jazz project – because it's in the park where children play – will give children the opportunity to get exposed to and appreciate jazz music as an art form," said Fischer.
The Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project will produce a concert in a scheduled Minneapolis park every Wednesday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. beginning June 4 through Aug. 27. Concerts will include the 7:30 p.m. performance at Lake Harriet Bandshell on June 14, a 7 p.m. concert at Minnehaha Falls Park on Aug. 6 and additional concerts throughout the summer featuring select artists. A complete list of parks, concert dates and times can be found on the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project website, www.twincitiesmobilejazzproject.org.