Mary Louise Knutson

Jazz Pianist & Composer

Jazz pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson, has been called "one of the most exciting artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time." Her latest trio CD, In the Bubble, charted in JazzWeek's Top 10.

Performances
 
 
 

jun 1 sat

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
ORCHESTRA HALL
8:00 pm

1111 Nicollet Mall

Mary Louise performs Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” with vocalist Debbie Duncan as part of the Minnesota Orchestra concert, Inside the Classics: Love That Dare Not Speak. For much of musical history, LGBT musicians and composers were marginalized and censored, even as they permanently transformed the landscape of classical music. This concert celebrates the talent and legacy of composers who ignored convention to create lasting masterpieces.

 

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jun 14 fri

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
ORCHESTRA HALL - TARGET ATRIUM
6:30-7:45 pm

1111 Nicollet Mall

The Mary Louise Knutson Trio, featuring pianist Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Gordon Johnson, and drummer Phil Hey, performs in Orchestra Hall's Target Atrium. Free and open to the public! Support for this performance was generously provided by an anonymous donor.

 

 

jun 15 sat

MINNETONKA BEACH, MN
LAFAYETTE COUNTRY CLUB
6:00-8:30 PM


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 

Jun 21 fri

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

CROONERS

7:30 PM

6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake

Tickets $20-$25
763.760.0062



Patty Peterson’s Jazz Women All-Stars featuring vocalist Patty Peterson, vocalist-pianist Linda Peterson, pianist Mary Louise Knutson, saxophonist Mary Petrich, bassist Joan Griffith, and drummer Sheila Earley.

 

 

jun 22 sat

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

CROONERS

7:30 PM

6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake

Tickets $25
763.760.0062



…with vocalist Nancy Harms, performing music from Nancy’s award-winning show, ”Ellington at Night.” Also featuring bassist Gordon Johnson and drummer Phil Hey.

 

 

jun 29 sat

MINNETONKA BEACH, MN
LAFAYETTE COUNTRY CLUB
6:00-8:30 PM


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 
 

JUL 12 Fri

APPLE VALLEY, MN
KELLEY PARK
6:00-9:00 PM

6855 Fortino St.

952.953.2300

Patty Peterson’s Jazz Women All-Stars featuring vocalist Patty Peterson, vocalist-pianist Linda Peterson, pianist Mary Louise Knutson, saxophonist Lu Sarmiento, bassist Liz Draper, and drummer Sheila Earley. This is an outdoor concert.

 

 

jul 13 sat

MINNETONKA BEACH, MN
LAFAYETTE COUNTRY CLUB
6:00-8:30 PM


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 

jul 19 fri

MINNETONKA BEACH, MN
LAFAYETTE COUNTRY CLUB
6:00-8:30 PM


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

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jul 20 sat

ST. CROIX FALLS, WI
CHATEAU ST. CROIX JAZZ FEST
1:00-3:00 PM
1998 State Road 87 #A

The Chateau St. Croix Jazz Festival presents the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, featuring pianist Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Gary Raynor, and drummer Phil Hey. Enjoy food from local food trucks, tour the winery and drink delicious Chateau wine. For those guests who prefer beer, a selection of local craft beers by the glass or bottle is available. Admission is free!

 
 

later that day…

 
 

jul 20 sat

MINNETONKA BEACH, MN
LAFAYETTE COUNTRY CLUB
6:00-8:30 PM


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

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jul 21 sun

COTTAGE GROVE, MN
ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH
7:00-8:45 PM
8100 Belden Blvd.

All Saints Lutheran Church presents the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, featuring pianist Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Steve Pikal, and drummer Phil Hey, as part of their Jazz in July outdoor music series. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets at 6:30pm for treats and beverages. Refreshment sales support Habitat for Humanity, and all concerts are free. If the evening brings severe heat or rainstorms, the concert will move inside.

 

 

aug 3 sat

LONG LAKE, MN
BIRCH’S ON THE LAKE
8:00-11:00 PM

1310 West Wayzata Blvd.
952.473.7373

…with vocalist-percussionist Wayne Anthony Cullinen, trombonist Michael B. Nelson (Prince), and bassist Matt McIntyre.

 

 

Aug 7 Wed

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
WOMAN'S CLUB of MINNEAPOLIS
6:00-8:00 pm
410 Oak Grove St
612.813.5300

…with vocalist Connie Evingson and saxophonist Dave Karr. $10 Club Members; $15 Non-members. No RSVP necessary. Seating is first come, first served. Cash bar and appetizer menu available.

 

 

aug 8 thu

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

IN THE DUNSMORE ROOM @ CROONERS
6:00-7:20 PM

6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake

Tickets $15.00
763.760.0062



An intimate duo performance with Chicago-based, St. Paul native, saxophonist Pat Mallinger. Mallinger has been a mainstay at the windy city’s Green Mill Lounge every Saturday night since 1992. He is also heard with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Bobby Lewis Quintet, Art Hoyle Quintet, and the Pat Mallinger Quartet. He has performed with Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Harry Connick, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and many more great artists.

 

 

aug 10 sat

MINNETONKA BEACH, MN
LAFAYETTE COUNTRY CLUB
6:00-8:30 PM


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 

aug 16 fri

MINNETONKA BEACH, MN
LAFAYETTE COUNTRY CLUB
6:00-8:30 PM


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 

aug 17 sat

BURNSVILLE, MN
ART & ALL THAT JAZZ FESTIVAL
4:30-5:30 pm & 7:30-8:30 pm

Nicollet Commons Park & the Ames Center
12550 Nicollet Ave.

4:30-5:30 pm Mary Louise plays with Patty Peterson’s Jazz Women All Stars featuring vocalists Patty Peterson and Debbie Duncan, pianist-vocalist Linda Peterson, pianist Mary Louise Knutson, saxophonist Joan Hutton, bassist Joan Griffith, and drummer Jendeen Forberg. Outdoors on the Main Stage in Nicollet Commons Park.

7:30-8:30 pm Mary Louise plays with the Explosion Big Band in the Ames Center’s Black Box Theater.

The Art and all That Jazz festival has become the centerpiece of summer activities in the Burnsville area, attracting over 15,000 people. The unique blend of art vendors, amazing music acts, and food in the cultural hub of the south suburbs makes the event the place to be, and the place to be seen. The festival will feature over 50 arts and crafts vendors, over a dozen food and food truck vendors, free instrument "petting zoo" by Groth Music and over 15 top performances!

 

 

aug 24 sat

MINNETONKA BEACH, MN
LAFAYETTE COUNTRY CLUB
6:00-8:30 PM


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 

sep 1 sun

ST. PAUL, MN
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR - GRANDSTAND
7:30 pm

1265 Snelling Av. N.

...with the Minnesota State Fair's show orchestra accompanying the Amateur Talent Contest finalists. Admission is free.

 

 

sep 4 wed

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
WOMAN'S CLUB of MINNEAPOLIS
6:00-8:00 pm
410 Oak Grove St
612.813.5300

…with vocalist Connie Evingson and saxophonist Dave Karr. $10 Club Members; $15 Non-members. No RSVP necessary. Seating is first come, first served. Cash bar and appetizer menu available.

 

 

sep 7 sat

LONG LAKE, MN
BIRCH’S ON THE LAKE
8:00-11:00 PM

1310 West Wayzata Blvd.
952.473.7373

…with vocalist-percussionist Wayne Anthony Cullinen and guests.

 

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sep 14 sat

PLYMOUTH, MN
JAZZ@ST.BARNEY’S
7:00-8:15 pm
St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
15600 Old Rockford Road
Tickets at the door: $12 adults, $5 students; Free SBCA students.
763.438.4847

Jazz@St.Barney’s opens their 13th season with The Mary Louise Knutson Trio featuring pianist-composer Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Gordon Johnson, and drummer Phil Hey. Free snacks, lemonade, and coffee provided. Tickets at the door only.

 

 

sep 15 sun

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

IN THE DUNSMORE ROOM @ CROONERS
Jazz Piano Showcase 4:15-5:15 PM

Festival 3:00-10:00 PM
6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake

Festival Tickets $30.00
763.760.0062



Crooners presents As Only Women Can, a day-long festival of music by women, performed by women and celebrating the experiences of women in America. Fifteen women-led acts featuring dozens of the top female performers in Minnesota will perform on all three Crooners concert stages, from 3pm-10pm. 4:15-5:15 PM
 is the “Women in Jazz Piano Showcase” featuring Laura Caviani, Mary Louise Knutson and Linda Peterson, with special guest Sophia Kickhofel on tenor sax.

 

 

sep 28 sat

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

THE DAKOTA

7:00 pm

1010 Nicollet Mall

612.332.1010
Tickets $25; Click here for tickets



...with Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All-Stars featuring vocalists Patty Peterson and Judy Vinar, pianist-vocalist Linda Peterson, pianist Mary Louise Knutson, saxophonist Sue Orfield, bassist Joan Griffith, and drummer Sheila Earley.

 

 

oct 7 mon

CHANHASSEN, MN

CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRES

5:30 dinner; 7:30 pm show


501 West 78th Street

For tickets, call 952.934.1525 or buy online



....with the JazzMN Orchestra, Minnesota's premiere big band. New Artistic Director, JC Sanford, will share some old and new takes on “Gershwin, Basie, & More!” George Gershwin was one of the most prolific composers of American popular music, and his songs continue to be performed and reinterpreted in modern times. Count Basie led one of the most influential big bands, both as codifying an ensemble style and as a vehicle for great composers and arrangers like Benny Carter, Frank Foster, and Quincy Jones. JazzMN will also welcome back the swinging and soulful voice of Ms. Debbie Duncan.

 

 

oct 20 sun

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

IN THE DUNSMORE ROOM @ CROONERS

3:30-4:30 PM

6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake

Tickets $TBA
763.760.0062



Crooners’ Fall Jazz Festival presents Patty Peterson’s Jazz Women All-Stars featuring vocalist Patty Peterson, pianist Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Liz Draper, and drummer Sheila Earley.

 

 

nov 11 mon

FRIDLEY, MN

IN THE DUNSMORE ROOM @ CROONERS

7:00 pm


6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake

763.760.0062

...with singer-songwriter Ann Reed and author, playwright, and storyteller Kevin Kling. For tickets call 763.760.0062.

 

 

nov 12 tue

FRIDLEY, MN

IN THE DUNSMORE ROOM @ CROONERS

7:00 pm


6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake

763.760.0062

...with singer-songwriter Ann Reed and author, playwright, and storyteller Kevin Kling. For tickets call 763.760.0062.

 

 

dec 16 mon

CHANHASSEN, MN

CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRES

5:30 dinner; 7:30 pm show


501 West 78th Street

For tickets, call 952.934.1525 or buy online



....with the JazzMN Orchestra, Minnesota's premiere big band performing “Let It Swing - JazzMN Plays the Holidays.” Experience the swing of the season with great holiday hits, including "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy," "Adeste Fideles," "Oh Hanukkah," and of course, "Jingle Bells." Many of these spectacular charts include versions presented by legendary performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton, Claude Thornhill and Eartha Kitt. Vocalist Yolande Bruce, of Moore by Four fame, will help us celebrate.