Jeremy Walker, Artistic Director
Minneapolis, both urbane and earthy, claims a location at the confluence of three major areas: it’s at the highest navigable point of the Mississippi, and in its environs, the Great Plains meet the Eastern forests.
Our music has been shaped by the barnstorming territory bands that crisscrossed the country for much of the 20th century and by our late-night disc jockeys. The Atrium Jazz Ensemble (AJE) launches the season with original music in this tradition—wide open and pioneering.
Jazz in the Target Atrium celebrates our region’s vibrancy—and adds a Twin Cities twist to the story of jazz as written in legendary halls across the country. This great American art form has been nurtured in many ways, from New Orleans and New York to Chicago, Kansas City and beyond. Now the Atrium Jazz takes steps up to take its place among the musicians who guide jazz into the future.
The Atrium Jazz Ensemble—the house orchestra for Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall—is a fluid group whose size shifts with the programs. Performing are some of the region’s finest musicians and composers, presenting original music rooted in jazz found anywhere from Texas to our own twin towns.
Also at this Location
Orchestra Hall is the home of the acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra, whose artistic leader, Music Director Osmo Vänskä, guides a season encompassing nearly 175 concerts that are heard live by 350,000 individuals. Founded in 1903 as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational programs, and commitment to building the repertoire of the future. Orchestra Hall is also home to pops and jazz series and is a renowned venue for artists of many genres. Visit the Orchestra’s website at minnesotaorchestra.org for concert and ticket information.