Debbie Blissenbach and Julia Kirk sing about their “Favorite Things” at the October Jazz Jam.

Island City and H3O November Jazz Jam


A record number of folks made October’s Jazz Jam at Island City Brewing Company the place to be. Join the H3O Jazz Trio on Sunday, November 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Island City Brewing Company’s for this month’s Jazz Jam!

Think of the Jazz Jam as open mic night … for jazz! Whether you play an instrument or sing, the Jazz Jam is your chance to sit in with a professional rhythm section. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to perform some of their favorite jazz standards.

Interested jammers can choose from a wide selection of jazz tunes. Players can choose music from Hall Leonard Real Books, bring their own, or ask the trio if they can play their favorite! Simply sign up on the clipboard and get ready to jam!

Island City Jazz Jams happen on the third Sunday of each month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the taproom.

At the final Jazz Jam of 2018 on December 16, three groups from Jazz at Saint Mary’s will join the jam as they celebrate the end of a great semester with their Jazz Final.

Island City Jazz Jam is free and open to everyone, young and not so young. If you’re not quite ready to sit in, come and enjoy a great evening of jazz.

For more information, please contact Island City Events Coordinator Ashley Haig at 507-961-9743 or

About the H3O Jazz Trio

The father and sons trio H3O began performing great jazz tunes together when bassist Max Heukeshoven was only 14 years old. Along with older brother Hans on drums and vibes and dad Eric on the piano, the group was asked to play for a private pool party and hasn’t stopped since!

A. Eric Heukeshoven is an assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Hans Heukeshoven is a 2015 graduate of Saint Mary’s with degrees in music performance and computer science and works as a software engineer. Max Heukeshoven is completing a degree in music industry at Saint Mary’s and plans to attend law school in 2019.

H3O performs a wide variety of jazz styles including original music. They have worked as the rhythm section for numerous area professionals including Minnesota Music Hall of Fame’s Les Fields and Dr. John Paulson. Recent appearances include Midwest Music Fest, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Free Family Concert Series, and numerous other venues. More information about the H3O Jazz trio can be found at


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