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
 
 

Feb 5 Tue

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
IN THE DUNSMORE ROOM @ CROONERS
7:30 PM
6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake
Tickets $15-$20
Call 763.760.0062 or buy online

…with vocalist-songwriter-drummer David Tull’s trio. Dave Tull has long been known as one of the world’s finest jazz drummers, having toured and recorded with Barbra Streisand, Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson, Michael Bublé, Seth MacFarlane, Cheryl Bentyne (of the Manhattan Transfer), Jack Sheldon, Richie Cole, and many more. Over the last decade he has built a reputation as a gifted jazz singer and songwriter. Dave’s songs, often infused with humor, are written in the American songbook style. Dave’s newest CD, “Texting and Driving” was released in March of 2018 to rave reviews. Dave was featured on NPR in an interview with Weekend Edition’s Susan Stamberg, and “Texting and Driving” reached #5 on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart. Dave’s celebrated first CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid,” continues to get regular airplay many years after its release.

 

 

feb 13 wed

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
IN THE DUNSMORE ROOM @ CROONERS
7:30 PM
6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake
Tickets $20
Call 763.760.0062 or buy online

…with vocalist Connie Evingson’s quartet for a lighthearted Valentine’s concert called “This Funny Thing Called Love.”

 

 

feb 14 thu
valentine’s day

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
ABIITAN MILL CITY - THE TERRACES GREAT ROOM (2nd Fl)
3:00-4:00 pm - Concert
4:00-5:00 pm - Wine & Chocolate Tasting

428 S 2nd St.

RSVP Required. The Abiitan Mill City, a 55+ community, presents vocalist Connie Evingson and pianist Mary Louise Knutson in a Valentine’s Day concert followed by a tasting of local artisan crafted chocolates perfectly paired with hand selected wine and delicious appetizers from Smith and Porter Restaurant & Bar. Please RSVP by Feb 12th online or call 612.249.5547.

 

 

Feb 15 fri

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
CROONERS
7:30 PM
6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake
Tickets $20
Call 763.760.0062 or buy online

Mary Louise performs with her beau trombonist Michael B. Nelson in a program called “Music By Lovers.” Hosted by Lisa Wenger, this annual show of love features four acclaimed Twin Cities musical couples (appearing in this order) vocalist Camille Gross and guitarist Chris Olson, pianist Mary Louise Knutson and trombonist Michael B. Nelson, Celtic musician Laura MacKenzie and pianist Gary Rue, vocalist Jennifer Grimm and guitarist Joe Cruz.

 

 

feb 23 sat

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


PRIVATE. Solo piano for the club members.

 

 

mar 2 sat

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
THE DAKOTA
Shows 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
(9:30 show has been cancelled; 7:00 show now expanded to two sets)
1010 Nicollet Mall
612.332.1010

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

 

 

mar 10 sun

MAPLEWOOD, MN
CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ARTIST SERIES
3:00-4:00 pm
2500 East Hudson Place

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. THIS WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 19TH. Enjoy a lovely afternoon of music with vocalist Paula Lammers and pianist Mary Louise Knutson. Tickets not required, but a free will offering is encouraged. Reception to follow with coffee and treats.

 

 

mar 19 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 guitarist Joan Griffith for the release of Ann’s new CD, Other People’s Songs. Mary Louise plays piano on about half the repertoire. For tickets call 763.760.0062.

 

 

mar 20 wed

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 guitarist Joan Griffith for the release of Ann’s new CD, Other People’s Songs. Mary Louise plays piano on about half the repertoire. For tickets call 763.760.0062.

 

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mar 22 Fri

JOHNSON CITY, TN
JOHNSON CITY JAZZ FEST @ THE CARNEGIE HOTEL
9:00-10:15 PM
1216 W. State of Franklin Rd.
423.979.6400

The Mary Louise Knutson Trio featuring pianist-composer Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Martin Walters, and drummer Michael W. Davis. This is jazz that is accessible yet interesting, distinctive, playful, groovy, and expressive. "Underneath her humility is a impassioned artistry that flies like sparks off the keyboard. Don’t hesitate. Just go see her and find out what you have been missing from your jazz catalogue." - James Schattauer

 

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mar 28 thu

ST. PAUL, MN

VIEUX CARRE
8:00-11:00 pm

408 St. Peter St., lower level of the Hamm bldg.

Tickets $15 table seating, $12 bar seating.
651.291.2715

The Mary Louise Knutson Trio is hosting a rare quintet performance featuring special guests trombonist Michael B. Nelson and multi-saxophonist Pete Whitman on baritone saxophone. Fans of Gerry Mulligan and Bob Brookmeyer will definitely want to check this out for the opportunity to hear some tasty bari-bone arrangements played by two of the best horn players in the Twin Cities!

Trombonist Michael Nelson is the leader of the 5-piece a cappella jazz horn group, The Hornheads, who toured and recorded with Prince from 1991-2016. Michael has appeared on over 100 CDs, including producer, composer, arranger, and performer credits on three Hornheads releases and 10 Compass Records CDs for the Target retail chain. Nelson has also performed and/or recorded with Chaka Khan, Doc Severinsen, Lenny Kravitz, The Jonas Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Mandy Moore, Jimmy Jam, Johnny Mathis, Honor Society, Larry Graham, Ben Sidran, Maceo Parker, and many others.

Saxophonist Pete Whitman has toured the US, Japan, and Brazil with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and has performed with such distinguished ensembles and musicians as the Minnesota Orchestra, Jack McDuff, Curtis Fuller, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the JazzMN Orchestra, Andres Prado and is the leader of the Pete Whitman's X-tet. Whitman has also recorded extensively as a sideman and has three CDs out under his name.

The Mary Louise Knutson Trio featuring pianist Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Phil Hey, will not only back Nelson and Whitman, but host the show with highlights from their own trio repertoire. This show is one night only. For best seats, reserve your tickets in advance.

 

 

apr 8 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 L.A. saxophonist Bob Sheppard and the JazzMN Orchestra, Minnesota's premiere big band. This will be a special 20th Anniversary Celebration concert for JazzMN and will also serve as a sendoff for its founder and dedicated leader, Dr. Doug Snapp, who will step down as JazzMN's Artistic Director.

Saxophonist Bob Sheppard has done it all. From live performances and studio recordings to scores for motion pictures and television programs. He has played with Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, Don Henley, Natalie Cole and Stevie Wonder. Also featured will be vocalist Cameron Kinghorn who is the front man and lead vocalist for the R&B group Nooky Jones.

 

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APR 13 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

The Mary Louise Knutson Trio
featuring pianist-composer Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Gordon Johnson, and drummer Phil Hey. Free snacks, lemonade, and coffee provided.

 

 

apr 27 sat

RICHFIELD, MN
GRAMERCY PARK AT LAKE SHORE DRIVE
10:00-11:00 am
6711 Lake Shore Dr. S.

Music at the Gramercy presents The Mary Louise Knutson Trio featuring pianist-composer Mary Louise Knutson, bassist Gordon Johnson, and drummer Phil Hey. Gramercy Park is a distinctive senior living residence. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and tours offered. Please RSVP 612.861.1378.

 

 

MAY 19 SUN

MAPLEWOOD, MN
CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ARTIST SERIES
3:00-4:00 pm
2500 East Hudson Place

Enjoy a lovely afternoon of music with vocalist Paula Lammers and pianist Mary Louise Knutson. Tickets not required, but a free will offering is encouraged. Reception to follow with coffee and treats.

 

 

jun 1 sat

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
ORCHESTRA HALL
6:45-7:45 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.

 

 

jun 14 fri

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

1111 Nicollet Mall

The Mary Louise Knutson Trio performs in Orchestra Hall's Target Atrium. Free and open to the public! Support for this performance was generously provided by an anonymous donor.