The Artists' Quarter's hottest night opens with the Cory Wong Quartet featuring Zachary Schmidt on drums, Cory J. Wong on guitar, Andy Schuster on bass and Dan M. Musselman or Kevin Gastonguay on piano starting at 7:00 P.M. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY and raised in Minnesota, Cory has established himself as the go-to guitarist, composer, and arranger for dozens of artists throughout the upper mid-west.throughout the upper mid-west.
One of Minnesota’s most exciting saxophonists. Brandon Wozniak, Billy Peterson on bass, and the great
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The Artists' Quarter (a.k.a. the AQ) is a well known musician owned and operated jazz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz) club in Twin Cities (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis-Saint_Paul). The club opened in the early 1970s in South Minneapolis, Minnesota (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis,_Minnesota) and moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Paul,_Minnesota) in 1995. The club is in the basement of the historic Hamm Building (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamm_Building) in downtown St. Paul.
The club features both local and touring musicians. Many famous musicians have and continue to play at the AQ on tour, including Roy Haynes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Haynes), Mose Allison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mose_Allison), Joey DeFrancesco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_DeFrancesco), Sweets Edison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweets_Edison), Lew Tabackin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew_Tabackin), Eric Alexander (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Alexander_(jazz_saxophonist)), Jack McDuff (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_McDuff), Dewey Redman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Redman), Curtis Fuller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_Fuller), Benny Golson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Golson) and others. Roy Haynes, Bill Carrothers (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bill_Carrothers&action=edit&redlink=1), Dean Granros (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dean_Granros&action=edit&redlink=1), David Hazeltine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hazeltine) and Lee Konitz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Konitz) have all recorded live Albums at the Artists' Quarter. The club was voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world in 2009 by Down Beat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_Beat) magazine, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artists'_Quarter#cite_note-1)
Additionally, the AQ hosts the Soapboxing Poetry Slam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry_Slam), home of the 2009 National Poetry Slam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Poetry_Slam) Championship Team.