St. Paul--The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, in collaboration with Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis, is taking jazz on the road, visiting six Minnesota cities this spring and summer--including St. James.

Sponsored by Jefferson Lines and with generous support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the six-member Jazz Central All Stars will bring performances and clinics to students and general audiences in Greater Minnesota, expanding access to some of the state’s best jazz musicians and educators, and providing opportunities to learn about and hear modern interpretations of America's indigenous art form. Led by Jazz Central Studios co-founders Tanner Taylor (keyboards) and Mac Santiago (drums), these world-class "All-Star" musicians have toured extensively in the Midwest, the U.S. and abroad, and have performed with such jazz icons as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Doc Severinsen.

"We're really excited to have this chance to bring the music and enthusiasm of these great artists to cities around the state that so rarely get the opportunity to hear live jazz," said Twin Cities Jazz Festival Board Chairman Alden Drew.

Details are still being finalized for stops on the six-city tour, which will include St. James on Thursday, July 17. The concert is at St. James Memorial Park as part of “Summer Concerts in the Park” series (hosted by the City of St. James and the Prairie Lakes Region Arts Council). The Jazz Central All Stars features six outstanding jazz artist.