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Jazz at church — this week’s picks

Some might call it divine intervention: All three of this week’s jazz picks take place at churches. If the Basilica can host a block party featuring Barenaked Ladies, why in Heaven’s name shouldn’t the Lutherans get their jazz on?

Friday: Christ the King Lutheran Church Jazz Festival. Craig Eichhorn, former KBEM personality and current Dakota sound man (among other things), puts this event together each year as a sort of amen to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Come for a blessing of the bikes, spread a blanket on the church’s north lawn and enjoy the sounds of the Lows (4:30 p.m.), the Twin Cities Seven with Charmin Michelle (5:45 p.m.), Moore by Four (7 p.m.), and Ronn Easton’s All Star Soul Review (8:30 p.m.). Food and beverages available for purchase. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Ave. S., Bloomington, Friday, June 25, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Free.

Friday: Trinity Lutheran Church: Charles Lazarus Group. As part of the White Pine Festival, an interdisciplinary arts festival held each summer in the St. Croix Valley, Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Lazarus will bring his jazz quartet to church. With Mary Louise Knutson on piano, Jeff Bailey on bass, Craig Hara on drums. Guests will include Jorja Fleezanis, Jack Perla and the Miró Quartet. Trinity Lutheran Church, Fourth and Myrtle streets, Stillwater, Friday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. ($15 adults/$10 students). Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or online.

Sunday: The Church of St. Albert the Great: A Summer Sunday … and All That Jazz! Pianist/composer George Maurer, on loan from his regular Sunday gig at St. Joan of Arc, will perform a jazz mass and add a soundtrack to coffee time. Then he’ll play at a gospel brunch, after which vocalist Christine Rosholt (with pianist Tanner Taylor, bassist Graydon Peterson and drummer Jay Epstein) will perform tunes by Harold Arlen and other composers. Vocalist Maud Hixson will wrap up the day with songs by Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Johnny Mercer, accompanied by her pianist husband, Rick Carlson. The Church of St. Albert the Great, East 29th Street at 32nd Avenue South, Minneapolis. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Gospel brunch: noon ($10). Christine Rosholt: 1:30 p.m. ($10). Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson: 3 p.m. ($10). Brunch and concerts package $25. Reservations appreciated at 612-724-3643 ext. 101.

On the topic of jazz at church, St. Barnabas Lutheran in Plymouth continues its Jazz@StBarney’s series with five Thursday nights of jazz in July. July 1: Reuben Ristrom Family. July 8: Lee Engele. July 15: Axis Mundi. July 22: Jennifer Eckes. July 19: Classic Big Band. FMI, visit the website or call 763-553-3083.

Finally: A heads-up for a concert that isn’t jazz but may be one of those things people talk about for years. On Monday night, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer will perform together at the Guthrie. Here’s a National Public Radio feature with music. Guthrie Theater, McGuire Proscenium Stage, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis, Monday, June 28, 7:30 p.m. ($53.50).

Pamela Espeland keeps a Twin Cities live jazz calendar, blogs about jazz at Bebopified, and tweets about jazz on Twitter.

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