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
 
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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.

 

 

Mar 31 sun

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
TWIN CITIES WINTER JAZZ FEST
IN THE DUNSMORE ROOM @ CROONERS
4:00-5:00 PM
6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake
General Admission $35 covers the whole day
Call 763.760.0062 or buy online

The Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival presents Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All-Stars Trio featuring vocalist Patty Peterson, pianist Mary Louise Knutson, and bassist Liz Draper. The festival will be held on two stages at Crooners from 2:00-7:30 pm. $35 Admission covers the entire event.

 

 

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.

 

 

apr 12 fri

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


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

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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 21 Sun easter

FRIDLEY, MN
CROONERS
12:00-2:00 pm

6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake
763.760.0062

…with vocalist Debbie Duncan for Crooners’ Easter Brunch. No cover.

 

 

apr 25 thu

RIVER FALLS, WI
KLEINPELL FINE ARTS BLDG - UW-RIVER FALLS
William Abbott Concert Hall
7:30 pm

420 E. Cascade Ave.

Earth Day Concert featuring Scottish saxophonist Sue McKenzie with the One World Consort Quartet (David Milne - tenor saxophone, Craig Hara - drums, Eric Graham - bass, Mary Louise Knutson - piano).

 

 

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.

 

later that day…

 

apr 27 sat

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


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 

May 4 sat

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


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 

may 12 sun Mother’s day

FRIDLEY, MN
CROONERS
12:00-2:00 pm

6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake
763.760.0062

…with vocalist Debbie Duncan for Crooners’ Mother’s Day Brunch. No cover.

 

 

MAY 19 SUN

MAPLEWOOD, MN
CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ARTIST SERIES
3:00-4:15 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.

 

 

may 25 sat

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


PRIVATE. Music for the club members.

 

 

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.

 

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jun 14 fri

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
ORCHESTRA HALL - TARGET ATRIUM
6:45-7:45 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 21 fri

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

CROONERS

7:30 PM

6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

JUL 20 SAT

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

SUMMER SOUNDS ANNUAL BENEFIT - THE ARMORY
Time TBD

500 South 6th St.
Email for tickets summersounds@starkeyfoundation.org
Call 866.354.3254 for tickets

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is transforming lives around the world. To express gratitude for your support and to celebrate the life-changing, shared passion and commitment, the annual fundraising event benefiting Starkey Hearing Foundation is being transformed, too. Starkey Hearing Foundation can’t wait to see you and honor your generosity at the new Summer Sounds Annual Benefit. More details to come. Mary Louise performs in the Academy Awards show-style orchestra which provides entrance and exit music for the guest speakers and dignitaries, and backs up the musical guest artists.

 

 

jul 21 sun

COTTAGE GROVE, MN
ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH
7:00-8:45 PM


All Saints Lutheran Church presents the Mary Louise Knutson Trio 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.

 

 

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 presents The Mary Louise Knutson Trio to open their 13th season. Free snacks, lemonade, and coffee provided.

 

 

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 Linda Peterson, pianist Mary Louise Knutson, saxophonist Sue Orfield, bassist Joan Griffith, and drummer Sheila Earley.