The Twin Cities Jazz Festival turns sweet 16 this year, with a fair amount of cosmopolitan star power. Besides headlining sets from New Orleans sax titan, Branford Marsalis (8:30 p.m. Friday June 27), and "Goodnight, And Good Luck" soundtrack singer, Dianne Reeves (8:30 p.m. Saturday June 28), get set for the following treats, all on the two Mears Park stages: the return of Peruvian guitar ace and composer, Andres Prado, with his quintet that's now-named Mississippi (5 p.m. Friday); the TC debut of impressive young Chilean saxophonist, Melissa Aldana, with her Crash Trio (6 p.m. Saturday) and always-engaging world-jazz master percussionist Babatunde Lea (7:15 pm. Friday). And of course many of the finest Twin Cities jazz acts will be out in force, some with their own international reps. In the park, on the street corners, and in the bars, you'll find Anthony Cox, Red Planet, Eric Kamau Gravatt, Adam Meckler Orchestra, Illicit Sextet, Good Vibes Trio, sundry hip singers, and young piano ace Javi Santiago, back home from New York City. And that's a very small sampling of a big, strong line-up. Tom Surowicz Thursday: Mears Park Stage: Foreign Motion with Cory Wong, 6 p.m.; Atlantis Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Mears Park Stage: Red Planet, 4 p.m.; (canceled: Lulo Reinhardt, 6 p.m.; substitute TBA); Branford Marsalis, 8:30 p.m. 6th St. Stage: Mississippi with Andres Prado , 5 p.m.; Babatunde Lea, 7:15 p.m. Union Depot Stage: Tyler Anderson, 4 p.m.; Jack Brass Band, 5:30 p.m.; Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, 7 p.m. Prince St. Stage: Alexander Browne with Jon Weber 5 p.m.; The Anthony Cox Group 7 p.m. Saturday: Mears Park Stage: Walker West Music Academy, 2 p.m.; Adam Meckler Orchestra, 4 p.m.; Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, 6 p.m.; Dianne Reeves, 8:30 p.m. 6th St. Stage: Axis Mundi World, 1 p.m.; McNally Smith Student X-Tet, 3 p.m.; Kevin Washington Quartet, 5 p.m.; Explosion Big Band, 7:15 p.m. Union Depot Stage: Vocal Showcase, noon; Southside Aces, 4 p.m.; Bill Brown Quartet. 5:30 p.m.; Joe Krown Trio with Walter Wolfman Washington, 7 p.m. Prince St. Stage: Lucia Sarmiento Quartet, 1 p.m.; Jazz Around Minneapolis, 2 p.m.; Walker West Jazz Ensemble II, 3 p.m.; Southside Jazz Combo, 4 p.m.; Blue Haven, 5 p.m.; Jazz St Louis All-Stars; 6 p.m.; Dakota Combo, 7 p.m.
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Date: Ended 06/28/14