The Living History of Jazz in Saint Paul

by Frank J Brown | Apr 03, 2013
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If I had one million dollars to use in a creative way to express what makes Saint Paul great. I would show how the history of jazz in the United States is tied to the musicians that live in Saint Paul. Or those musicians that have established their career in jazz by playing in Saint Paul.
My idea began after I had moved into Lowertown Historic District of Saint Paul Minnesota in 1997. I had been living here for several months and decided to walk around the downtown area. After walking several blocks I looked up and noticed a sign connected to a beautiful building (McColl Building) at 366 Jackson, Street. The sign over the entry door said “The Artist Quarter.” I open the door and went down several stairs into a dark lighted entry way to a night club. I step in and noticed several feet away, two people working behind the bar. The CD speakers had the sound of Jazz music coming from it and it sounded great. It was only 7:00 p.m. in the evening. The place was empty except for the two people working behind the bar. I step up to the bar and meet Kenny Horst the owner of the Artist Quarters. For several weeks I would stopped by the night club and listen to Kenneth tell me stories about the history of jazz in Saint Paul. For the next two years I meet Leigh Kamen, Irv Williams and Jeanne Peterson and many other great jazz musicians. I would listen to there stories about the early years of jazz in the midwest. I realized then that jazz played a major role in the history of Saint Paul. That many of Saint Paul musicians played a major role to the whole world of jazz. I became committed to find a way to create a public monument dedicated to the history of jazz in Saint Paul. I am a sculptor that enjoy creating realistic images of people that made a positive contribution to the history of America.

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Frank J

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Brown

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St. Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN

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The Living History of Jazz in Saint Paul

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If I had one million dollars to use in a creative way to express what makes Saint Paul great. I would show how the history of jazz in the United States is tied to the musicians that live in Saint Paul. Or those musicians that have established their career in jazz by playing in Saint Paul.
My idea began after I had moved into Lowertown Historic District of Saint Paul Minnesota in 1997. I had been living here for several months and decided to walk around the downtown area. After walking several blocks I looked up and noticed a sign connected to a beautiful building (McColl Building) at 366 Jackson, Street. The sign over the entry door said “The Artist Quarter.” I open the door and went down several stairs into a dark lighted entry way to a night club. I step in and noticed several feet away, two people working behind the bar. The CD speakers had the sound of Jazz music coming from it and it sounded great. It was only 7:00 p.m. in the evening. The place was empty except for the two people working behind the bar. I step up to the bar and meet Kenny Horst the owner of the Artist Quarters. For several weeks I would stopped by the night club and listen to Kenneth tell me stories about the history of jazz in Saint Paul. For the next two years I meet Leigh Kamen, Irv Williams and Jeanne Peterson and many other great jazz musicians. I would listen to there stories about the early years of jazz in the midwest. I realized then that jazz played a major role in the history of Saint Paul. That many of Saint Paul musicians played a major role to the whole world of jazz. I became committed to find a way to create a public monument dedicated to the history of jazz in Saint Paul. I am a sculptor that enjoy creating realistic images of people that made a positive contribution to the history of America.

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What makes this idea different is that a very large permanent public artwork will be created. The monument can be viewed by thousands that visit the site area in Saint Paul. The sculpture will be installed at a permanent location and will be viewed for many years to come. The location for the installation of the sculpture will be decided by the City of Saint Paul. The sculpture will initiate dialog about the importance of the Saint Paul connection to the world of jazz. The sculpture will give long over due recognition to many talented individuals that began their career in Saint Paul. Knowing more about the rich history of Saint Paul is a plus for all of us.

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The history and the many different positive stories about Saint Paul will inspire others to find out more about the rich past of this city. Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from Forever Saint Paul Selection Committee.

kyleandrei2013 kyleandrei2013 said: History influences the future. A lot of people see to it as a good chance to explore what was once had. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2573 days ago read more >

Frank J Brown submitted this idea. - 2802 days ago