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Summer Jazz Jams continue

July 19, 2019

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WINONA, Minn. — Rainy weather didn’t stop last month’s Jazz Jam from bringing a great crowd of performers and audience members together. But H3O Jazz Trio is hoping for better weather at their next Jazz Jam event on Sunday, July 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. so they can move to Island City Brewing Company’s beer garden just outside the taproom. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the Jazz Jam will be in its usual location inside the taproom.

Now in its second year, the Island City Jazz Jam is an open mic night for jazz. Whether you play an instrument or sing, the Jazz Jam is a chance for anyone 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 pick music from Hal Leonard’s 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 Jam happens on the third Sunday of each month. Visit for an updated schedule. The event is free and open to all ages. And if you’re not quite ready to sit in, come and enjoy a great evening of jazz.

Contact Emily Johnson at for more information.

About the H3O Jazz Trio

The father and son jazz trio H3O began performing 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 haven’t stopped since!

A. Eric Heukeshoven is an assistant professor of music and director of Jazz Studies at Saint Mary’s University. Hans Heukeshoven is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s with degrees in music performance and computer science and works as a software engineer. Max Heukeshoven is a 2019 graduate of Saint Mary’s with a degree in music industry and plans to attend law school.

H3O Jazz Trio 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, HBC25’s Artwork Winona, Free Family Concert Series, Winona County Historical Society, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winghaven Pizza Farm, Salem Glen Winery, Grace Presbyterian Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and numerous other venues. The trio hosts the monthly Jazz Jam at Island City Brewing Company in Winona on the third Sunday of every month from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

More information about the H3O Jazz Trio can be found at

Photo caption: Great River Shakespeare Festival’s Rachel Lann sings “Skylark.”