Group 47 is a small-group Post Bebop Jazz Ensemble formed by Trumpeter and Composer Steve Kenny who has been a mainstay on the Minneapolis-St. Paul jazz scene for years.
Launched as the Wednesday Night band at the Artists Quarter during that club’s final year of operation, Steve Kenny’s Group 47 has maintained its collaborative artistry with its original cast of Steve Kenny on trumpet, Thomas Strommen on tenor sax, Will Kjeer on piano, Adam Tucker on bass, and Alex Burgess on drums. In addition to gigs at all major jazz venues in the region as well as the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Group 47 helped inaugurate the Rochester City Jazz Festival in 2016. The band recently released its first recording, Straight to Vinyl (on LP and digital download). In 2018 in addition to more regular club appearances, they are scheduled to perform at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and the Iowa City Jazz Festival. A second studio recording is also in the works.