The Artists' Quarter is closing
|Photo by Andrea Canter|
|Jeremy Pelt at the Artists' Quarter|
The basement venue -- named City Pages' Best Jazz Club this year -- has been located in the Hamm Building near Rice Park since 2002, and prior to that it had stints in Lowertown and the Eat Street area of Minneapolis.
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"I cut my salary to where there's nothing left, and I still can't make the numbers work," owner Kenny Horst told Star Tribune. "I still have great nights here, but one great night a week doesn't cut it. People say, 'The place was packed when I was there.' The problem is everyone is there on the same night."
For the most seasoned and respected jazz players in the local scene -- Happy Apple, the Bad Plus, and Chris Bates among them -- this establishment was a home for countless residencies and release parties. A huge trove of online footage is here.
What remains will be the rest of the 2013 schedule until January 1, including a final weekend of "blowout" shows featuring players who gave the club such a rich history.
Update: "I don't care what you read in the papers," St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman said during a press conference in late October. "We're going to make sure the Artists' Quarter stays open." Gimme Noise reached out to the mayor's office and received confirmation that Coleman "has made a commitment" to doing what he can to keep it open, but no other information was provided. Stay tuned.