April 6th, 2014

Nova Plays the Minnesota Music Cafe this Tuesday, April 8

As we’ve mentioned here before, the Nova Jazz Orchestra is now playing the Minnesota Music Cafe the second Tuesday of each month. That Tuesday for the month of April? It’s coming up this week. Be sure to catch us — we’ll start playing promptly at 7pm. Nova’s music will last until 8:30, but they’ll be plenty of music for you to enjoy after that if you’d like to stick around.

Don’t forget: April is Jazz Appreciation Month.

February 19th, 2014

Nova Jazz Orchestra to Play the Minnesota Music Cafe

Our friends at Jazz Central Studios will be changing-up their musical schedule to feature smaller groups after this month, so Tuesday, February 25 at 8:30 will be our last performance at Jazz Central. Fortunately for us, we have an entirely new venue waiting in the wings, one that we’ve already played this month: The Minnesota Music Cafe. The Minnesota Music Cafe, a venue that for years has featured all kinds of music, also boasts a nice atmosphere with plenty of food and drink. We’ll be bringing our home-grown contemporary jazz orchestra sounds to the MMC the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Be sure to be there, and be punctual — we play one set that lasts until 8:30. After we’re finished, you can stick around for Jay Bee and The Routine. So, don’t forget:

  • What: Nova Jazz Orchestra
  • Where: Minnesota Music Cafe
  • When: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 7 pm!
  • Admission: Free!

January 3rd, 2014

Nova Jazz Orchestra Performs at Baby Blue Arts!

Nova Performs at Baby Blue Arts Studios

Happy New Year from everyone in the Nova Jazz Orchestra. Here’s some great news to get this new year rolling: Back in September, and with the guidance of our excellent saxophonist Kari Musil, we had the good fortune of recording a set of music at Baby Blue Arts Studios in Minneapolis. That performance is now available at Baby Blue’s website in its entirety, consisting of four original tunes: The Whole Man, To the Source, That’s How I Know, and 11:04. (Also, don’t forget to check out the interview with Mike Krikava about Nova.)

Like The Nova Jazz Orchestra, Baby Blue Arts is a volunteer organization that serves the musical life of our region. Don’t forget to visit Baby Blue Arts on a regular basis to check out all the great music.

December 6th, 2013

Nova Christmas Concert & CD Release!

We’ve got a great Christmas concert coming up! Mike Krikava gives all the details below:


Greetings Nova Jazz friends,

The Nova Jazz Orchestra is set to release our 12th CD of all-original music. This release is being timed with the holidays so we will do a combination CD Release and Holiday concert on Sunday, December 22, at 4pm. The location is Saint James Lutheran Church, 460 West Annapolis Street, West St. Paul, MN. The concert is free of charge.

This concert will be very special. In addition to some holiday favorites, Nova is releasing its CD “Concerto Nova & the Jazz Music of W.A. Mathieu.” The Concerto is a six-movement work that combines elements of Jazz and Classical to form something that is entirely new. We recorded the Concerto live at Saint James back in April and the piece is made all the better for the stunning acoustics of that room.

I hope you can come out to hear Nova!



October 19th, 2013

Nova in October

Hey everybody, here’s an important message — exactly one day before the start of the World Series, the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra will play Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis. It’s simple, really: jazz before baseball.