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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.

Event Schedule

Friday, December 8

Holiday Market

NOON – 8:00 pm



Unique holiday gifts made by local artisans plus music & Magnolia Cafe holiday goodies.

Handmade skin products, paintings, cards, edibles, wood products, baskets, ornaments, candles, jewelry, accessories & more.

BRING A NEW PAIR OF WARM SOCKS OR MITTENS TO HANG ON OUR GIFT TREE FOR WINDOW VICTIM SERVICES

Friday, December 15

Debbie Duncan | $60

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Ryan Frane, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 16

Debbie Duncan | $60

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Ryan Frane, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


SOLD OUT

Friday, January 19

Debbie Duncan | $60

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Ryan Frane, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums

TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Debbie was raised in Detroit by parents steeped in jazz, and was surrounded by the vibrant sound of Motown that was sweeping the country. She also has a strong love of folk, classical, and gospel music. The combination of these influences has given her the ability to blue the lines between jazz and popular music, and to sing with a rare level of emotional conviction that draws the audience into the heart of a song. She can move from a whisper to a fever pitch in the breath of a phrase and testigy in a way that commands the listeners rapt attention. Her choice of songs reflects her background. It ranges from jazz standards by great American composers to obscure bluesy sounds [bu Oscar Brown, Jr.] to popular music [by writers like Carol King]. Always, the treatment is Debbie’s alone.

More About Debbie Duncan

Saturday, January 20

Debbie Duncan | $60

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Ryan Frane, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Friday, February 9

Jason DeLaire | $60

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Peter Schimke, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Saturday, February 10

Jason DeLaire | $60

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Peter Schimke, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Friday, March 16

Pippi Ardennia | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Daniel Leahy, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Saturday, March 17

Pippi Ardennia | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Daniel Leahy, piano
Matthew Mobley, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Friday, April 6

Ricky Peterson – Patty Peterson | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Patty Peterson, vocals
Ricky Peterson, keyboards
Rick Houle, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Saturday, April 7

Ricky Peterson – Patty Peterson | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Patty Peterson, vocals
Ricky Peterson, keyboards
Rick Houle, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Friday, May 18

Pippi Ardennia | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Daniel Leahy, piano
Billy Peterson, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Saturday, May 19

Pippi Ardennia | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Daniel Leahy, piano
Billy Peterson, bass
Glenn Swanson, drums


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 1

Friday, June 8

Bruce Henry | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


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


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 10

Saturday, June 9

Bruce Henry | $65

6:30 – 10:00 pm


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


TICKETS AVAILABLE DEC 10

About Our December Artists

Debbie Duncan – Vocals


SINGING AROUND THE WORLD
Debbie has sung with Bobby Watson and Horizon, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Lyle, Jack McDuff, John Hendricks, Mark Murphy, Chicago’s legendary Von Freeman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Rececca Paris. She received rave reviews opening for greats such as Herbie Hancock, Stephan Grapelli, Miles Davis, Lou Rawls and Joe Henderson. She also sang on Jimmy McGriff’s CD, “In a Blue Meed”, where her track of Dr. Feelgood was the most-played tune on that CD.

Debbie has now expanded her musical horizons nationally to such places as the legendary “Snug Harbor” in New Orleans, “The Green Mill” in Chicago, “Bay Fest Blues Festival” in Mobile Alabama, “Alabama Blues and Jazz Federation” in Montgomery, “Black Hills Jazz Festival” in Black Hills South Dakota, the “Sioux Falls Jazz Festival” in South Dakota and the “KBEM Jazz Festival” in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Let’s not leave out the Eastern area. Debbie has performed at the Baltimore Museum of Arts, Montpelier Art Museum in Laural Maryland, Studio 57 in Washington D.C., and at “Don’t Tell Mama” in New York city. We certainly can’t forget her being invited back two years in a row to the Latitudes Hotel in Paris, 1996-1997. Debbie performed at the Du Maurier Jazz Festival, and various other jazz cenus in Vancouver, B.C.

Duncan is a very civic-minded, conscientious person often donating her time and talents to organizations geared to helping others. She’s often seen performing in benefits for AIDS, Women’s Abuse, Black College Funds, Alzheimers, Senior Citizens and book giving programs for kids. She’s been featured on complication discs benefiting organizations such as Camp Heartland for Kids with AIDS, and Memory Moments for Alzheimers. For the past five years she has been an instructor at Music Tech College teaching a Vocal performance workshop, helping young, upcoming performers to hone their talents.

Debbie an entertainer constantly evolving in her craft, continues to grow in her artistry. her 1995 CD release and holiday concert, performed at the renowned Guthrie Theater “proved that she just keeps getting better”, Bret Robson, Star-Tribune Music Review. Her CD “Live at the Dakota” has and still is drawing much deserved attention nationally. She is also the featured vocalist on Adi Yeshaya’s big band CD [Nice one for Boo]. She recently released a wonderful new CD “travelin’ at the Speed of Love”. Duncan is always pressing forward, digging deep into her creative energies, ever moving towards her destiny.

As word spreads even more about this talented and versatile performer, she is poised to become a major voice in American music. And she deserves to be, for she has earned the praise of those who have heard her with a constant commitment to her art. Critical phrases like “Stole the Show”, “Star of the Show”, “Blew away the crowd”. and “No such thing as a sub par performance by the versatile Duncan” are common in her reviews.

They are responding to a rare combination on personality and vocal talent that promises to build an expanding base of renown wherever she sings.


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.


Ryan Frane – Keyboards


Ryan Frane is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he oversees the jazz studies major and jazz studies program, teaches Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combo I, Jazz Theory, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Piano and other courses. Ryan also coordinates the annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival at UMD. Ryan’s most recent trio recording entitled “People We Know” features his original compositions. Ryan has backed or performed with many musicians including The Mills Brothers, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bobby Vinton, Steve Lippia, Tom Harrell, Wes Anderson, Rex Richardson, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Snidero and many others. Ryan has been an active clinician and has performed master classes at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris, France), Conservatoire National de Région Lyon (Lyon, France) and Petrosovadsk State Conservatory (Karelia, Russia).


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.