Saturday Afternoon Jazz is back! Not in Canal Park but trackside in the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the Depot, in downtown Duluth. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum is bringing back the popular Saturday afternoon jazz sessions featuring the Club Saratoga Jazz Combo; Paul Ierino, John Thorene, Jerry Siptroth and Randy Lee.
Each Saturday in February, from 3PM – 6PM, there will be live music, cocktails and a short selection of hot menu options downstairs in the Train Museum at the Depot. Enter through the North Shore Scenic Railroad lobby in back. A $5.00 cover is good for one free drink. There’s plenty of level, well lit parking under the 5th Avenue Ramp within an easy, short walking distance from the NSSR lobby.
Jazz at The Depot is presented by KRENZEN and sponsored by Midwest Communications; WDSM-AM/FM, KDAL-AM/FM and My 95.7FM.
Take the “A” Train, Duke Ellington’s signature piece, has been appropriately chosen as the theme song for each Saturday’s performance. Billy Strayhorn wrote the tune for Ellington in 1940 after being offered a job as composer/arranger for his orchestra. At the time, Strayhorn was living in Pittsburgh and Ellington wired him money to come to New York and then gave him directions to his home up in Harlem starting with instructions to…Take the “A” Train.
“Jazz enjoyed a decade’s long run in the Canal and attracted a loyal and appreciative audience”, said longtime keyboardist Paul Ierino. “The opportunity to keep the music going will be fun.”
There’s a relationship between trains and the popularity of music from the Jazz Era. During the inception and expansive popularity of Swing, Big Band and Dixieland, trains were the premier way to travel. “We’re bringing back that feeling with music trackside next to the historic trains in the Railroad Museum,” said Executive Director Ken Buehler. “We’ll have all the music, emotion and history of the era but without prohibition!”