Brian Allen is a versatile and in-demand keyboardist and vocalist from St. Paul. Brian performs with several local bands in the Twin Cities and beyond (including Power of Ten, Big Toe & the Jam, The Celebrations.) He also provides musical accompaniment for ComedySportz Twin Cities.
Brian’s solo set includes jazz favorites, rock classics, and audience requests.
An incomplete list of musical styles Brian has played/sung at one point or another: funk, jazz, disco, baroque, blues, ragtime, surf-rock, contemporary classical, barbershop, rock n’ roll, power ballad, doo-wop, bossa nova.
Jerry Rau started playing guitar at age 30. In the 70s and 80s he traveled nationwide playing coffee shops, bars, and college concerts. Jerry was a regular guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion during this time, including their first nationwide broadcast. Jerry performed at the 1987 and 1991 Winnipeg Folk Festivals. Jerry has made a couple dozen recordings including both live and studio albums over the course of his career.
Paul Harper is a Twin Cities based saxophonist and sometime composer. Paul performs regularly with a variety of different ensembles, some under his direction and some as a sideman. His bands include the Bardo Band, the Chordless Trio/Quartet, and Show and Tell. He also can be found performing with the Illicit Sextet, the Quirkestra, Charmin & Shapiro and Friends, Bossa Jazz, Spirit Jazz, the John Beach Experience, and numerous others.Paul’s musical interests cover a variety of styles and approaches including straight ahead jazz, Brazilian music, funk, R&B, and modern jazz. He mostly performs on tenor and soprano saxophones. Please check out this vibrant, active musician!
JASZ-n-jazz is a jazz trombone trio / percussion group. It is an offshoot of the Emergence Brass Band. Unlike the high energy pop of the full brass band, JASZ-n-jazz plays music to relax to. Selections will mostly come from Julie Stenberg Zeidel’s library of her original compositions, with a smattering of classical covers. Julie studied jazz trombone and jazz theory at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and received an MFA in music composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Other members of the group are music educator Frederick Ballew; retired engineer Greg Michnay; and music educator Maggie Zeidel. All musicians play trombone in a number of groups around the Twin Cities area.