Experience Jazz 2018-2019

Auditions for Experience Jazz will take place in Winter 2019. Experience Jazz combos will rehearse select Saturdays from 1:30pm-3:30pm at High School for Recording Arts, located at 1166 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104. Students are expected to participate in all rehearsals and performances, bring their instruments to all rehearsals. This year’s programming is made possible in parts, thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

For program expectations and attendance policy, please refer to last year’s program information: Experience Jazz Agreement 2017-18 PDF.

Program Dates: 

January – June 2019 (specific dates, TBD)


DFJE Fundraiser, all Combos perform, date and time TBD

Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Lowertown St. Paul, MN – DFJE Youth Stage, date & time TBD

The student will have several performances throughout the year during the above scheduled times, plus other possible performance opportunities TBA. Each combo will also record in one of the High School for the Recording Arts state-of-the-art recording studios

How to report an absence: Please email or call Tasha Baron at igors.groove [at] gmail.com or 612 325 0665.

Communication: If you have any questions or need information at any time feel free to contact Artistic Director, Tasha Baron.

Additional contact/information:

Katia Cardenas – Program Coordinator: info [at] dfje.org

Artistic Director

Tasha Baron

Tasha Baron - photo by Mike Madison-1

Multi-instrumentalist Tasha Baron grew up in the Twin Cities playing free jazz, R&B, classical music, international music and composing music. She plays keyboards, trombone and flute, with an emphasis on keyboards and composition. Her original music projects of past and present include Black Blondie, Sarah White’s solo project, Toki Wright’s live band project This Debris, Sound System Sabotage and Heiruspecs. These projects range from full band with singer to intimate instrumental duos, and from jazz to R&B to classical music and beyond. She has also played with, recorded with and/or produced for such bands and artists as Atmosphere, Dizzy Fae, Dosh, P.O.S./Doomtree, Jamaican reggae band Gullibanque, Michael Bland and Jef Lee Johnson, Heiruspecs, gospel singer Robert Robinson, Brother Ali and Kill the Vultures. She works with Marc Rice as production partners in the world of short film scores as well.

As an educator Baron’s primary role has been that of private music teacher for over a decade at such schools at The Music Lab and the West Bank School of Music.  Baron received a B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota in 2005.

Her approach, across the board, with jazz education and music education and creation is about sensitive listening and dedication to authenticity and originality.

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This program is funded in part by