Jazz in July Rolls On

Minneapolis singer Debbie Duncan performs Friday at Hoyt Sherman Place. Photo: Andrea Canter.


The revived Jazz in July free concert series has two more dates at Hoyt Sherman Place: July 19 and 25. Local musicians will start the shows on the lawn at 6 p.m. The headlining acts will perform in the auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m. They include:

• Friday, July 19: Vocalist Debbie Duncan, from Minneapolis, who blurs the line between jazz and pop music and is lauded for singing “with a rare level of emotional conviction.”

• Thursday, July 25: Widely praised saxophonist and composer Damani Phillips, who also is an associate professor of jazz studies at the University of Iowa.

Civic Music Association will add to the jazz experience with its own new festival, which will take place at Hoyt Sherman Saturday, July 20, beginning at 1 p.m. Originally planned for the lawn, the forecast of high temperatures has forced the concert indoors, but the music is sure to be cool. At 6:30 p.m., the ticketed concert features two dynamic stars who are shaking up the jazz world: Canadian trumpeter, singer and songwriter Bria Skonberg and Los Angeles-based pianist Connie Han.

The Connie Han Trio will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by Skonberg at 8:30 p.m. Han, 22, has gained fame for her fresh approach of blending modern and traditional jazz, while the 35-year-old Skonberg,  the Wall Street Journal praises, “plays trumpet like a red hot devil and sings like a dream.”

Tickets are $39, available through the Hoyt Sherman box office or Ticketmaster.

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