Blue note from St. Paul: Artists' Quarter to close

  • Article by: Chris Riemenschneider , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 7, 2013 - 9:46 PM

St. Paul’s revered jazz haven fell victim to higher rents in a downtown that it helped revive.

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cmo55Oct. 7, 13 6:23 PM

The St. Paul community and government can build a ballpark for a minor league baseball team. Maybe they could use some funds to subsidize a noble venture such as AQ.

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stueeOct. 7, 13 6:48 PM

Instead of looking for funds to pay the higher rent, why not deal with the landloard who thinks he or she can get away with way too high rents which put business out of bussiness. I would blame the landlord, the greedy bum. Doubling the rent? Come on. The location in is the basement of an office building with no parking. He should be almost giving the space away.

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llynch99Oct. 7, 13 7:02 PM

I have fond memories of the AQ going back to the late 70's when they were on Nicollet. Sad to admit that all good things do indeed come to an end.

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pamelaeOct. 7, 13 7:20 PM

Pardon my French, but this totally sucks.

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taxproviderOct. 7, 13 7:35 PM

How dare the free market interfere with the pursuit of our artforms!!!!! Protest Protest Protest!

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foxynineOct. 7, 13 7:36 PM

This is sad news. I've had the most fun over the years at the AQ. The Tuesday organ night was the best party in town. The night Joey de Francesco stopped in to play after the Dakota was incredible. There is not a better venue in the twin cities for local,national and international jazz.

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perks7686Oct. 7, 13 7:41 PM

Terrible news. I'd be "pleased and flipped" if the AQ could find another location to continue operating. A Twin Cities treasure for sure.

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billstimpsonOct. 7, 13 7:49 PM

Bummer -- there's just nothing else like the AQ in the Cities. Rossi's Blue Room was the closest...and that's long gone. The Dakota is great, but not the same vibe. Not sure where to go now. Chicago?

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leac0010Oct. 7, 1310:09 PM

Such a bummer. The AQ was the only club in town that actually fit the ideal jazz club vibe. Small, intimate, dark, and jazz only. It will be missed.

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boozlesOct. 7, 1311:10 PM

Farewell to the last real jazz club in the twin cities.

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