Born: April 19, 1966
Minneapolis-based pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson, has been called one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time. Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene.
Knutson's long-awaited new jazz trio CD, In the Bubble, ranked in JazzWeek's Top 10 and remained on the chart for 19 weeks straight. Six standards and four originals - which range from a swinging Oscar Peterson Trio-style It Could Happen to You” to a smooth jazz version of “You Don’t Know What Love Is” to a gospel style You Are My Sunshine - complete this highly accessible mainstream-to-modern collection. The Mary Louise Knutson Trio was recently featured on the Twin Cities' KARE 11 Today Show. Watch the video here: http://www.kare11.com/today/article/954714/449/Mary-Louise-Knutsons-In-the-Bubble-CD....
Swinging and wonderful...In the Bubble is my pleasant surprise of the day. I love it. - Judy Carmichael - Radio host, Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired, NYC
Polished, accomplished and always in the pocket...tasty throughout, this is a goodie not to be missed. - Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review
...a masterful combination of original works and new arrangements...Knutson's compositions are marked by exquisite melodies, emotive harmonies, shifting rhythms and an elegant touch that recalls McPartland, Arriale, and Jarrett. - Andrea Canter, JazzINK.com
Willing to teachBeginners
Credentials/BackgroundPrivate instruction for all levels of Jazz Piano, Composition, Arranging, Theory. Evenings. South Minneapolis studio. Knutson is a former instructor in jazz piano and improvisation at Carleton College. She also conducts a variety of masterclasses, including Jazz Voicings and Scales: Freedom from the Written Page, which assists students in building jazz chords for solo and ensemble playing and outlines a starting point for improvisation...