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Cotter Schools Jazz Festival

Hurry Back Productions presents the 2024 Cotter Schools Jazz Festival

On Saturday, April 6 clinician, St. Paul Peterson, will teach a master class for Cotter Schools and 12 area schools.  St. Paul Peterson will be performing with Cotter students on Sunday, April 7. Check out St. Paul Peterson and the Minneapolis Funk All-Stars live in concert at the St. Cecilia Theatre in Winona, MN on Saturday evening. Tickets can be purchase online through Hurry Back Productions.

Saturday, April 6  9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Featuring 8 high school jazz bands from across the midwest performing in the St. Cecilia Theatre and the MCA Blackbox Theater for a panel of clinicians, and receiving one-on-one feedback. Free and open to the public. Download the schedule of events.

Saturday, April 6 - 7:00 PM

Hurry Back Productions is hosting a concert by St. Paul Peterson and the Minneapolis Funk All-Stars. All of the performing students and their directors have been given complimentary tickets to attend! Purchase YOUR tickets:

Sunday, April 7 - 5:00 PM

Paul Peterson, along with horn players Scott Agster, Trombone, Riley Helgeson, Trumpet, and Peter Vircks, Tenor Sax, will be working with Cotter's 4 jazz bands. Join us at 5:00 PM in the St. Cecilia Theatre for our annual Cotter Jazz Concert featuring these outstanding guest artists. Free and open to the public.

St. Paul & The Minneapolis Funk All-Stars

One of the best musicians to emerge from the Twin Cities, St. Paul appeared in Purple Rain as a teenage wunderkind, playing keys with The Time on hits like "Jungle Love" and "The Bird." He was hand-picked by Prince himself to be lead singer of The Family (best known for "Nothing Compares 2 U") on Prince's Paisley Park label.  In the tradition of Motown's Funk Brothers, St. Paul has assembled the who's who crew of the Minneapolis Sound with St. Paul & The Minneapolis Funk All-stars, showcasing those who wrote, produced, performed, or sung on some of the biggest hits from the heyday of electro funk-rock in the Twin Cities. 

St. Paul Peterson's Career

Prince discovered Paul Peterson, aka “St Paul,” at the age of 17. He enlisted him as a keyboard player in “The Time” for the movie “Purple Rain.” Paul took the lead vocalist spot in the Prince produced group “The Family” before becoming a solo artist and scoring hits for MCA and Atlantic Records. St. Paul has recorded, toured or written with Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, Daryl Hall, Prince, George Benson, Oleta Adams, The Corrs, Kenny Loggins, and Morris Day and The Time to name a few. 

Hurry Back Productions

Hurry Back Productions exists to provide performing arts, cultural, and educational programming and to help promote the arts in Winona and SE Minnesota. Concert are held at the historic St. Cecilia Theater on the campus of Cotter Schools. In 2017, the theater underwent a major renovation. The Theater boasts excellent sight-lines and acoustics and seats 408 patrons. The spacious lobby area features beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverage sales before and during all performances. The 2024 Cotter Schools Jazz Festival would not be possible without the support from Hurry Back Productions.