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World-Class Jazz Orchestra on the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Main Stage!

CBS Minnesota (WCCO) said, “This is pure jazz in all its glory.” Jazz reviewer Pamela Espeland described a JazzMN performance as “…exciting. All those musicians, swinging hard. Horns blaring. Hot solos. And the sound, you feel it on your skin and in your bones.” The JazzMN Orchestra, led by artistic director JC Sanford, features Twin Cities jazz heavyweights such as Dave Karr, Pete Whitman, Mary Louise Knutson and Joe Pulice. Every time JazzMN performs at CDT it sells out. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Minnesota’s premiere big band live on stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

JazzMN Orchestra Announces Their 2019-2020 Season!

Debbie Duncan will perform with the JazzMN Orchestra at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Gershwin, Basie & More!

With guest vocalist, Debbie Duncan!

Monday, October 7, 2019
Dinner - 5:30pm
Show - 7:30pm

New Artistic Director, JC Sanford, will share some old and new takes on these legendary artists in his debut performance leading the JazzMN Orchestra!  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.

Yolande Bruce will perform with the JazzMN Orchestra at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Let It Swing - JazzMN Plays the Holidays

With guest vocalist, Yolande Bruce!

Monday, December 16, 2019
Dinner - 5:30pm
Show - 7:30pm

Experience the swing of the season with a variety of holiday-themed music. The band will play many of the 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.

Luciana Souza will perform with the JazzMN Orchestra at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

JazzMN Orchestra featuring guest artist Luciana Souza

Monday, April 20, 2020
Dinner - 5:30pm
Show - 7:30pm

Grammy Award-winning Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza will join JazzMN with her unique vocal personality and versatility. Her work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to new music. Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with many great artists including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider and many others.  Entertainment Weekly says, “Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries”.

JazzMN Season Subscription

Get all 3 events for just $99!

Call 952.934.1525 and mention promo code JAZZMN99 to order!

Subscription tickets can also include dinner. Just add $45 for 3 meals!
Must order by October 7, 2019.


JC Sanford, Artistic Director

Enriching life with Jazz.