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Friday, Mar 3, 2017

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Patty Peterson – Jazz Women All-Stars

About Patty Peterson – Jazz Women All-Stars

In 2016, the Jazz Women All Stars made a terrific debut at the TC Jazz Festival in Mears Park. This ensemble celebrates the great women of jazz artists in the Twin Cities, instrumentalists as well as vocalists. Patty has, once again, organized a prestigious line-up that includes Ginger Commodore on vocals, Mary Louise Knutson on piano, Joan Griffith on bass and guitar, Jendeen Forberg on drums, Kathy Jensen on sax and, of course, Patty Peterson on vocals. The Jazz Women All Stars and their performance were such a hit at the TC Jazz Fest that Executive Director Steve Heckler vowed to make this group an annual part of the festival. This will be a show not to missed.



As a vocalist, Patty has performed to sold-out audiences all over the country such as The Dakota in Minneapolis, Vibrato in Beverly Hills, Catalina’s Jazz Club, and The Jazz Bakery in Hollywood, California. In addition, Patty received the coveted Minnesota Music Award 7 times for best vocalist as well as best jazz recording and in 2010 she was inducted into the Mid America Hall of Fame. Patty has released 4 solo recordings, featuring the likes of Sheila E., David Hazeltine, Stokley Williams, and Ira Sullivan, as well as her mother, Jeanne Arland Peterson and her brothers, Billy Peterson, Ricky Peterson and Paul Peterson. Patty is also the host of her own weekly contemporary jazz show on KBEM 88.5FM.


Ginger Commodore has been a member of the Midwest music scene for many years. Classically trained, Gospel influenced, Jazz inspired. Ginger’s musical foundation is a true amalgam of musical styles presented with her own unique delivery, from touching whisper to full throated (yet controlled) power. Her career has taken her down many musical roads. She began her performing as a long time member of the Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness, touring across the United States. Ginger currently performs with the noted jazz ensemble, MOORE BY FOUR. With them she tours the United States performing at Colleges and Universities, Concert Halls and Coliseums and renowned Jazz Festivals. Portugal, Italy, Finland, Sicily and Japan have sampled her wares.


Mary Louise Knutson has been called “one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time.” Mary Louise tours regularly with Doc Severinsen, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, and many more. She also tours with her own group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio.  In 2005, she was a Finalist in the Kennedy Center’s “Women in Jazz” Pianist Competition, and in 2006, Knutson was a Minnesota Music Awards nominee for both Jazz Artist of the Year and Pianist of the Year.


Joan Griffith is a teacher, performer and composer who has toured and recorded extensively. She is the director of MacJazz (big band) and is a studio instructor, teaching electric bass, electric guitar, mandolin, and jazz improvisation. She is also the head of the jazz studies department at the University of St. Thomas. Her CD “Enter You, Enter Love” was chosen as one of the top ten best recordings for 1996 by jazz radio station KBEM. Her mandolin and bass playing can be heard on the many recordings of singer/songwriter Ann Reed. She is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Young Audiences. –


Jendeen Forberg started drum lessons in 1964 with Elliot Fine. Her parents were gigging horn players. The band that really excited her first in 64 were The Beatles along with the rock drummers of that era. Jendeen started gigging with her father when she was 11 years old. At this time she was discovering Jazz Drummers and drumming became her passion. Jendeen has been performing and touring with the Wolverines big band and trio since 1973. She is proficient in Big Band, Straight-a- Head Jazz, Pop and Metal. She learned at an early age to be versatile. To quote her dear friend, Rick Carlson, “you don’t have to play good, ya just gotta swing hard! That was the best advice she has ever received and she lives by it.

KATHY JENSEN – Saxophone

Kathy Jensen is a member of Hornheads, a billboard magazine award-winning a capella jazz group. As a group, they have released three solo albums. As a horn section, they have recorded hundreds of tracks for artists in the US, Japan, Argentina, Denmark, Portugal, and the UK.From 1991 through 2001, the Hornheads recorded nine albums with Prince and the New Power Generation. During this time, they toured and performed with Prince throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Before this, Kathy performed with many groups, including the popular Moore by Four, who performed and recorded at jazz festivals in Italy and Finland. Her saxophones, clarinets, and flute can be heard on the recordings of Chaka Khan, Babyface, Phil Upchurch, Larry Graham, Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples, Mandy Moore, Ben Sidran, Dave Graf, Ricky Peterson and the Steeles.  She’s a pit musician for musical shows and theatrical productions at the Ordway Center, the Children’s Theatre, and Orchestra Hall. Twin Cities performances with touring artists have included: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Natalie Cole. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Music Education.