Jazz musicians spend hundreds of hours perfecting the art of improvisation, enabling them to create new melodies nightly or diffuse bombs on the spot with toothpicks and human hair. Take in spur-of-the-moment tunes with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 toward cover, drinks, and house-stocked CDs at the live jazz club The Artists' Quarter in St. Paul. This Groupon is good for performances on Tuesday through Saturday nights.
The ensemble of musicians conducting The Artists' Quarter siphon smooth-flowing jazz straight into patrons' ears, spotlighting beloved Twin Cities artists as well as national legends. The club's longest-running combo, the Tuesday Night Band ($5 cover), measures out impassioned, soulful improv before turning back into a scuffed pair of wingtip shoes on Wednesday morning. Other boogie virtuosos on the schedule, like the Cory Wong Quartet (no cover), the Pete Whitman X-tet ($8 cover), and the Dave King Trucking Company ($12 cover), pluck rippling upright-bass strings, drum out stupefying syncopations, and tap out finger-blurring arpeggios with more concentration than a can of frozen orange juice taking the SATs. As jazz quenches the soul, spirits quench parched throats with on-tap domestics ($4), rail drinks ($5), or house wine ($6).
The Artists' Quarter is lodged in the subterranean space of the historic Hamm building, which exhibits an ornamented limestone facade shaped like guitar struts to help visiting giants practice their chords. While the club is 18 and over, people-shaped minors are welcome with an accompanying parent or guardian.
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