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a performance space with a nightclub atmosphere
in a historic house and timeless setting

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Cookin’ at the O


Oldenburg House and the Carlton Room dedicates one weekend a month to serve up world-class blues/jazz, great food, drink and fun. Let the good times roll! This concert dining experience will not leave you wondering why we chose to call it, Cookin’ at the O.

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Event Schedule

Friday, June 8

Bruce Henry | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Ryan Frane, piano
Billy Peterson, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


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Influenced by Nina Simone, Al Jarreau and John Coltrane, to name a few, Bruce’s music has taken him to four continents, garnering a large following in France and the Far East. He has an eclectic style of world influenced jazz vocals and composition.

“he is a true master of the jazz art form.” – Mpls-St.Paul Magazine

Saturday, June 9

Bruce Henry | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Ryan Frane, piano
Billy Peterson, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


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Friday, July 6

Debbie Duncan | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Chris Lomheim, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


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Debbie Duncan – The First Lady of Song
She’s Superb on funky upbeat workouts, tender ballads and all kinds of jazz numbers… she energizes the ordinary and puts her stamp on everything she does.

Saturday, July 7

Debbie Duncan | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Chris Lomheim, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


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Friday, August 17

Pippi Ardennia | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Daniel Leahy, piano
Mike Nellas, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


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a Chicago native and singing since she was 13 years old, Pippi has performed in Chicago’s most respected jazz clubs – from the Burning Spear and Mr. Kelly’s to the famous Rosebud on Rush, Green Dolphin, the Chicago Symphony Center and the Taste of Chicago. In Minnesota, Pippi has appeared at every Twin Cities jazz venue. She has recently moved her PipJazz Foundation programs including , Women of Jazz and her From Blues to Jazz workshops to the House of Payne on St. Paul’s East Side.

Pippi is a natural entertainer, sultry at times, always powerful and exciting, but what sweeps you away is the electric raw emotion that emanates from her to you, telling a story in song like you’ve never heard before, a natural power in nature.

“Ms. Ardennia’s classy style puts her in the Major League of jazz vocalists. Her easy-going style and varied delivery does stand in comparison to the great jazz divas such as Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.”
–Ian Telle

Saturday, August 18

Pippi Ardennia | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Daniel Leahy, piano
Mike Nellas, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


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About Our May Artists

Pippi Ardennia – Vocals


A Chicago native who has been singing since she was 13 years old, Pippi has performed in Chicago’s most respected jazz clubs – from the Burning Spear and Mr. Kelly’s to the famous Rosebud on Rush, Green Dolphin, the Chicago Symphony Center and the Taste of Chicago. In Minnesota, Pippi has appeared at every Twin Cities jazz venue. She recently moved her PipJazz Foundation programs, including Women of Jazz and From Blues to Jazz workshops, to the House of Payne on St. Paul’s East Side.

Pippi is a natural entertainer, sultry at times, always powerful and exciting, but what sweeps you away is the electric raw emotion that emanates from her to you, telling a story in song like you’ve never heard before, a natural power in nature.
“Ms. Ardennia’s classy style puts her in the Major League of jazz vocalists. Her easy-going style and varied delivery does stand in comparison to the great jazz divas such as Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.” –Ian Telle


Matthew Mobley – Bass



Matthew Mobley is a versatile bassist from Duluth, MN. He is equally comfortable on both the acoustic and electric bass, and has the ability to perform in a variety of musical styles at a high level. He began playing both electric and acoustic bass as a young teenager and quickly found himself playing around the Duluth area in rock bands, and jazz combos alike. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he received his B.F.A in Jazz Studies in 2007. While at UMD, he studied with several great jazz educators including Ryan Frane, and Billy Barnard. He had invaluable experiences performing in Switzerland, Holland, and Italy with the UMD Jazz Ensemble 1. He also performed with notable jazz legends such as, John Scofield, Robin Eubanks, and Bobby Shew. After college he’s enjoyed a career in music as a freelance bassist, performing with numerous well known, local and regional artists. Matthew is currently pursuing his B.S.N in nursing while continuing to perform as a freelance musician.


Daniel Leahy – Keyboards



Glenn Swanson – Drums



Glenn’s studies of music, science, technology and Buddhism combine in an effortless mastery of time and space. At an early age, Glenn became one of the Twin Cities’ leading drummers in both live venues and the studio. He was a staff drummer at Creation Audio and worked with Minneapolis’ leading recording icons, including Herb Pilhoffer and Chris Moon. He received grants to write and produce “Faces of Children”, a multimedia theatrical production. Glenn worked with Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles) and co-authored her book, “Behind the Shades.” He co-wrote music, produced and toured Japan with Sheila (including dates at the Blue Note in Tokyo and Motion Blue in Yokohama) performing on drums and opening shows with his poetry. He produced Kev L and Souled Out, which was nominated for 2008 Gospel Video of the Year. Glenn’s book, ‘shoes on the table’, is a meditation in verse, image and poetry – and soulfully captures his deep, imaginative and ultimately hopeful energy. In 2010 he worked with Pippi Ardennia and co-founded PipJazz Foundation, a program that mentors talented jazz youth.

Recurring Events



Oldenburg House dedicates one weekend a month to serve up world-class blues/jazz, great food, drink and fun. This concert dining experience will not leave you wondering why we chose to call it, Cookin’ at the O. Let the good times roll!

Cookin’ at the O – sponsored by:



Every Thursday evening from 6:00 – 9:00 PM Oldenburg House and the Magnolia Cafe of Carlton, serve up a light assortment of sandwiches, soups, drink and discussion. The topics and presenters vary and surround creative professionals and ideas. Come join in and let your voice be heard!