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Upper Mississippi Jazz Society is your premiere online resource for the best in Live Jazz and Dixieland Jazz. Delve into our expertly curated content, featuring in-depth insights into jazz legends, the latest news on jazz happenings, and exclusive interviews with renowned musicians. Get plugged into the electric atmosphere of live jazz performances and festivals happening in your area. Whether you're seeking to expand your jazz repertoire or just looking to groove to the infectious beat, Upper Mississippi Jazz Society has you covered. Click 'MORE' to access all the exciting festival information and join our jazz community today!

Festival Bands
Seven Rivers Jazz Band

This LaCrosse, WI band has been around many years, playing at many locations, including the Moose Lodge. They feature Hall of Fame Star, Paul Erickson on Banjo.

Pearl Street Banjo Band

Paul Erickson, Banjo
Fred Dodd, Banjo
Neil Duresky, Bass Banjo
Eric Heukeshoven,
Mark Glasel, Trombone

Gate City Jazz Band

A popular eight piece band from Winona, playing your favorite toe tapping music. You hear them at churches, County Fairs, and on the First Sunday of the month at the Black Horse Bar & Grill (one mile South of Winona off Hwy 61.

Uptown Jazz Band

The Crossing Center has booked this band from Rochester, MN to continue the music into the evening.

Come to this Free Festival at a location that is people friendly, children friendly and pet friendly!


This free event is made possible  by the voters of Minnesota  through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropiation from the arts and heritage fund


The 2024 Jazz Festival is at the Crossings Center, 170 South Fremont Street, Lewiston, MN on July 27th, noon-9:00pm. They have a rain or shine pavilion with tables and chairs set up.  There will be four bands playing from noon-9:00pm. There is food and a bar available on site. There are games and other activities for children.  The site is people friendly, children friendly and pet friendly.

Festival is free, parking is free, handicap accessible.

Please look at ,Festival Bands for more information

This free event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and heritage fund 
July 2024 EVENTS

July 7

Monthly meeting of the Upper Mississippi Jazz Society.  !st Sunday of the month (April-November).  Black Horse Bar & Grill (mile South of Winona off Hwy 61).  Meeting is free and open to the public, but the Jazz Society will pass the hat to help pay the musicians.  Food and drink is available from the Black Horse and a good time is had by all.

July 12

Gate City Jazz Band at the Winona County Fair, 7:00-9:00 in the big tent.

July 27

37th Annual Winona Jazz Festival, noon-9:00 at the Crossings Center, Lewiston, MN