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McNally Smith Faculty Artist Performance Series Presents the Jazz of Story City

McNally Smith College of Music has announced the second installment of its Faculty Artist Performance Series with a concert featuring the new group Story City, a collection of standouts from the Twin Cities jazz scene. Story City, which explores the music of guitar icon Pat Metheny as well as the late saxophone great Michael Brecker, includes McNally Smith faculty members Steve Faison (percussion, guitar, vocals) and Terry Burns (bass). The group also includes Andrew Schwandt (saxophone), Fred Goetz (keyboards), Karl Koopman (guitar), and group founder Steve Jennings (drums). Story City will perform on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 PM at the McNally Smith Auditorium, 19 E. Exchange St. in St. Paul. Admission is free and open to the public.

Story City is drawn to the musical careers of Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker because the music is accessible, creative, dramatic, and unique. As a vehicle for improvisation, the compositions are second to none. Story City strives to paint a varied musical landscape for listeners, musicians, and fans. The group spent months preparing for live performance prior to their first show in Faribault in September. The McNally Smith concert will be their first Twin Cities performance. Story City will also perform some of Terry Burns’ original compositions.


Steve Faison is one of the Twin Cities most versatile performers. This singer and multi-instrumentalist has performed throughout the world and is well known in the Twin Cities for his work with groups including Moore By Four and Samoa. Faison teaches voice and serves as assistant department head for ensembles and as Director of Outreach at McNally Smith. Bassist / composer Terry Burns lived and worked in New York and L.A. prior to moving to the Twin Cities. His credits include work with everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Dewey Redman to Jane Monheit. Burns heads up the bass department at McNally Smith. Group founder and drummer Steve Jennings has performed with everyone from Moore By Four to The Drifters to the electric bluegrass Over & Back Band to blues great Ron Thompson.

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