The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is behind us and serious fans of improvisational music may be suffering from a bit of withdrawal - notwithstanding shows from fine local musicians.
With next year's festival in mind, I asked MPR colleagues and jazz lovers Rob Byers, Kyle Wesloh and Jeff Severns Guntzel to help compile a list of artists we'd all like to see at the next festival.
Who knows, it could happen...
Here are our picks:
Piano: Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Guitar: Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman
Bass: Christian McBride
Saxophone: Branford Marsalis
Trumpet: Nicholas Payton
Vocals: Cassandra Wilson
Big Band: Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
JEFF SEVERNS GUNTZEL
Trombone: Wycliffe Gordon:
Drums: Brian Blade
Trumpet: Kermit Ruffins
Drums: Brian Blade Fellowship
Piano: Brad Mehldau
Guitar: Kurt Rosenwinkel
Trumpet: Dave Douglas
Big Band: Maria Schneider Big Band with Theo Bleckmann
Saxophone: Donnny McCaslin
Trumpet: Wynton Marsalis small group
Vocals/bass: Esperanza Spalding
Trombone: Trombone Shorty
Big Band: Mingus Big Band
Everyone: Local, local, local - bassist Anthony Cox, the Atlantis Quartet, percussionist Dave Hagedorn, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Dean Magraw ...and whatever drummer Dave King wants to do.
... JT Bates, Adam Linz, James Buckley, Zacc Harris, Adam Meckler... the list goes on and on for local musicians!