Help us celebrate the 35th anniversary of Music in the Park Series & the 15th anniversary of Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation with these special concerts featuring the jazz trio The New Standards with special guest, Maria Jette, soprano. There will be repeat performances at 4pm and 7pm with a short celebratory reception following each.

The New Standards

The New Standards are three friends, musicians and raconteurs who have been performing together since 2005 in clubs and theaters everywhere, from Shanghai to New York City. They’ve released half a dozen CDs and populated Youtube with a number of popular videos. In their original state, they take the form of an unusual trio (stand up bass, piano and vibraphone), but of-late have been the soul and creative core of a hydra-headed, funny, freewheeling, nutty yet very moving “Variety Show”.

Started in 2005 as an off-shoot project between Minneapolis based musicians and friends Chan Poling (piano), Steve Roehm (vibes) and John Munson (bass), The New Standards has grown into a globe-spanning adventure, filling theaters and clubs around the world, spawning several CDs, videos, cartoons, dance/theater projects, and ancillary gewgaws that have charmed and delighted an ever-multiplying legion of faithful fans.

The three core members of The New Standards all come from illustrious Twin Cities bands. Chan Poling founded the seminal Punk/New Wave band The Suburbs. John Munson was an original member of Trip Shakespeare and the chart-topping Semisonic. And Steve Roehm started on drums in the Texas punk outfit Billygoat and the avant-jazz Electropolis.

All three are fans of great songwriting. Sensing a lack of an interesting jazz trio repertoire beyond the usual “old standards”, they got together originally to play and sing their favorite songs – from every era, particularly post 1960’s pop music – in a stripped-down acoustic setting, making room for solos and arrangements with the freedom of jazz, and yet never fully abandoning the modest soul of pop and rock.

The New Standards appear as a trio in intimate clubs like City Winery in NYC and The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and also as the ringmasters of a widening array of talented musicians and guest artists in larger settings such as their popular Holiday Shows and dance-crazy extravaganza Variety shows.

Maria Jette, soprano

Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad.  Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin, Marin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica; plus Berkshires Opera, Roanoke Opera, Sacramento Opera, and the sadly defunct Ex Machina Antique Music Theatrein her home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul. There, she’s often heard with VocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club andLyra Baroque Orchestra. A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals, theMaverick Chamber Series and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she’s often heard nationally on Garrison Keillor’s  A Prairie Home Companion.

About Music in the Park Series

“The Music in the Park Series reminds us that chamber music once was the favorite focus of an audience of friends – intimate, familiar, welcoming. Those qualities still exist in St. Anthony Park.” —Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Each season, Music in the Park Series presents a concert chamber music series at the acoustically and architecturally superb Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, “home” to the series since 1979. This intimate setting (cap.350) makes possible a connection between performers and audiences that cannot be duplicated in larger halls. It is this special quality about the series that draws composers, performers, and audience members alike to the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ. (2129 Commonwealth Avenue at Chelmsford)

The three-concert family series at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church features composers and performers of local, national, and international prominence. The series offers listeners a rare opportunity to enjoy one of the richest and most varied forms of musical literature. Through imaginative and varied programming, traditional chamber music, jazz, new compositions, and popular music are all available in a context which links rather than separates them.

The intimate setting and post-concert gatherings foster a rare bond among composers, performers and listeners of all ages.

 About St. Anthony Park Community Foundation

The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation supports charitable and community activities serving the needs of the St. Anthony Park community, which includes St. Paul’s District 12 boundaries, the University Grove area, 1666 Coffman, the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, and the Fulham block of Lauderdale. In keeping with its mission, “To nurture the unique community assets of St. Anthony Park to secure a strong and vibrant neighborhood for future generations,” the Foundation will provide grants to support the development of the following community assets: Education, Arts and Humanities, Children and the Elderly, and the Preservation and Development of our Physical Assets.

You can help support these important assets by making a donation, remembering the Foundation in your will, establishing a special interest fund in memory of a loved one, or considering a planned gift to the Foundation as part of your overall estate planning.

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Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 • 4 PM & 7 PM


Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
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2129 Commonwealth Ave, Saint Paul

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On its self-titled debut, jazz trio the New Standards takes pop and rock tunes, such “All the Young Dudes,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and “The New Pollution,” then strips them down and juices them back up with vocals, piano, bass and totally cool vibes. It’s a bit quirky, but it works.