Art Hounds: N&E, M.C.M.E., R.J.Q.

It's a music-minded installment this week with a Minneapolis dance party/live jam session, a Chinese/American classical music exchange and a quartet of local jazz stalwarts all on the hounds' arts calendar.

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Drew Christopherson can't seem to stay away from the weekly guest dj set and live jam session at Nick & Eddie in Minneapolis every Wednesday night. It features local musicians spinning music and then a completely improvised jam session mixing electronic music and live instrumentation. Drew, a local drummer and operator of the Minneapolis record label Totally Gross National Product, calls it one the coolest weekly music events he's ever been to.

Minnetonka Civic Orchestra Music Director Scott Winters will be at St. Paul's Highland High School auditorium this Sunday, May 16 at 7pm to watch an act of musical diplomacy unfold. "The Age of Crossover" features the long standing Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble trading repertoire and players with a pick-up group of local orchestral musicians.

If you value music made in the moment by some of the Twin Cities best jazz practitioners, printmaker and musician Joshua Norton says be sure to be at the Turf Club's Clown lounge this Monday night, May 17th. The Regional Jazz Quartet will be making a relatively rare appearance. The group includes revered Coon Rapids bassist Anthony Cox, saxophonist Mike Lewis, JT Bates on drums and guitarist Luke Polipnick.

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