Augsburg Jazz


Augsburg JazzThe Augsburg Jazz program, directed by Dave Mantini, offers a complete curriculum that includes a big band, combos, and a vocal jazz group, each of which is directed by a faculty member. These ensembles are open to all Augsburg students through auditions each fall. Augsburg Jazz also features many guest artists and composers. Music students rehearse and perform side-by-side with some of the best jazz and gospel musicians in the Midwest, many of whom are Augsburg alumni. In recent years, the Augsburg Jazz Ensemble has performed with Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone; Swedish jazz artist Nils Lindberg, trombone & piano; and performed works by Dr. William C. Banfield, artist in residence.

The Augsburg Jazz ensemble also provides an opportunity to create a unique union of big band and vocal jazz that performs for conventions, churches and schools (formerly known as Gospel Praise). They have appeared at three ELCA National Youth Conventions in Atlanta, New Orleans and St. Louis as well as The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Famous Dave’s Blues Club in Uptown, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. In 1995, they presented a command performance for the King of Norway, and in recent years have performed for nearly 20,000 including Sheila Raye Charles, Jane Fonda, and Hillary Clinton.

2015-2016 Performance & Events:

Sunday, October 11, 2015 – 9 & 10:30 a.m. Worship

7200 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center, Minn.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. Worship
Valley Community Presbyterian Church
3100 Lilac Drive North, Golden Valley

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

9:25 a.m., Performance
Eagan High School, Eagan

11:30 a.m., Chapel Performance
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

7 p.m., Fall Concert
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

Friday, February 26, 2016

10:40 a.m. – Augsburg Jazz in Chapel
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Augsburg JazzFest
For information, contact Dave Mantini,

7:30 p.m. – Augsburg Jazz in Concert with Bria Skonberg
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College
Tickets: Available Now!

Sunday, March 6, 2016 – 10:30 a.m. Worship
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church
5011 S 31st Ave, Minneapolis

Sunday, March 20, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Home Concert – Augsburg Concert Band & Augsburg Jazz
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

Sunday, April 3, 2016 – Morning Services
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
18500 County Rd 101, Maple Grove, Minn.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
3:30 p.m., Crooner’s Lounge
6161 Highway 65 NE, Minneapolis, Minn., 763-571-9020

  • Doors Open at 3 p.m.
  • No Reservations, Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis