‘Mega’ Jazz Jam in Island City to benefit Winona Immigration Network | Culture & Leisure

On Sunday December 19, 2021, the ‘Mega’ Jazz Jam will host the three jazz bands from Saint Mary’s Bands from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for their Final Jazz and the regular Jazz Jam from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., all in support of Winona Immigration Network.

In April, H3O Jazz Trio and Island City Brewing Company began raising funds for nonprofits in the area as part of their popular monthly Jazz Jams. The continued generosity of Jazz Jam patrons resulted in a $ 600 donation to the Winona Main Street program in November, bringing total contributions to nonprofit organizations in the region to over $ 6,000 this year.

The Winona Immigration Network helps refugees from the southern border apply for asylum. On December 14, the group plans to welcome someone from Columbia. The organization is sponsored by many churches in the area including Central Lutheran, Faith Lutheran, Cedar Valley Lutheran, First Congregational UCC and Grace Presbyterian in Winona and St Paul’s in Lewiston.

The afternoon will begin with Saint Mary’s Workshop Jazz Combo, Jazz Combo 1 and the Jazz Ensemble performing their jazz finale from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All other jammers will have the opportunity to perform from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (with or without masks) and all equipment will be disinfected.

Interested players can choose their tracks from a wide selection. The music is available in the Hal Leonard Real Book series, bring your own music or just name this song.

Arrive early for a drink, find a cozy spot in the Island City bar, and enjoy an afternoon of good jazz with H3O Jazz Trio, all while showing your support for our community.

An up-to-date schedule is always available on H3OJazz.com. The family Jazz Jam is free and open to everyone, young and old.

Name your favorite local nonprofit through the H3O website: http://H3OJazz.com/jazz-jams/non-profit-nominations.html.

Please email events@islandcitybrew.com or info@h3ojazz.com for more information.

H3O Jazz Trio features a father and his two sons. Now in their 10th year, the trio started playing together when the youngest son, Max, was just 14 years old. With older brother Hans on drums and vibrations and father Eric on piano, the band were invited to play for a private pool party and haven’t stopped since.

A. Eric Heukeshoven is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. Hans Heukeshoven graduated in 2014 from Saint Mary’s with degrees in music performance and computer science and works as a software engineer. Max Heukeshoven graduated from Saint Mary’s 2019 with a music industry degree.

H3O Jazz Trio performs a wide variety of styles of jazz, including original music. They have worked as a rhythm section for many professionals in the area, including The Fields of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, The D’Sievers and Dr. John Paulson. Recent appearances include Blooming Grounds Coffeehouse, Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse, Rochester City Jazz Fest, Castle Community, Midwest Music Fest, Great River Shakespeare Festival, HBC25’s Artwork Winona, Free Family Concert Series, Winona County Historical Society, Steele County Historical Society, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winghaven Pizza Farm, Salem Glen Winery, Merrick State Park, Grace Presbyterian Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Central Lutheran Church, Lutheran Campus Center and private events. The Winona, MN trio host a monthly Jazz Jam at Island City Brewing Company typically the third Sunday of each month from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

More information about the H3O Jazz Trio and the current schedule can be found on their website – H3OJazz.com.

Ada J. Kenney